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NOVEMBER 7 - TB CLINIC CANCELED November 2, 2017NEWS RELEASE CONTACT: Tara Perkins (440) 350-2439November 2, 2017 LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT NOVEMBER 7 – TB CLINIC CANCELED The Lake County General Health District Clinical & Community Health Services will be canceling the Walk-In TB (tuberculosis) Clinic on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.We would like to remind you that there is another TB Clinic scheduled for Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Lake County General Health District is located at 5966 Heisley Road in Mentor, Ohio. Please call 440-350-2554 should you have any questions regarding our TB Clinic. ###
LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT RECEIVES $84,000 IN TRAFFIC SAFETY GRANTS November 2, 2017PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: Haley Russo (440) 350-2844 November 2, 2017 LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICTLAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT RECEIVES $84,000 IN TRAFFIC SAFETY GRANTSHealth Commissioner Ron H. Graham today announced today that the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO) awarded $84,000 in federal traffic safety funding to Lake County General Health District (LCGHD). $42,000 was awarded to perform grant activities in Lake County, while $42,000 was awarded to carry out grant activities in Geauga County for federal fiscal year 2018.“The data demonstrates that Lake County residents work and vacation in Geauga County; and likewise, Geauga County residents work and vacation in Lake County. Administering both grants to keep the two communities safe just makes sense. Through partnerships with law enforcement and other community organizations, our goal is to reduce the number of traffic-related motor vehicle deaths in Lake and Geauga Counties,” said Health Commissioner Ron H. Graham.LCGHD has identified that seat belt usage, improper seat belt use, impaired driving and distracted driving are impacting the safety and welfare of the citizens of Lake and Geauga Counties. To save lives and improve the quality of life for the citizens, LCGHD will use the grant funds to coordinate two Safe Communities Coalitions. Both coalitions will conduct educational campaigns and awareness activities that will promote various aspects of traffic safety.OSHP reports that as of October 9th, 2017 Lake County had six fatal crashes on Lake County roadways, two being confirmed alcohol-related. OSHP also reports that as of September 5th, 2017 Geauga County had seven fatal crashes on Geauga County roadways, with one being alcohol-related.For more information about OTSO and statewide efforts to improve safety on Ohio’s roadways, log onto http://ohiohighwaysafetyoffice.ohio.gov/index.stm. For more information on Lake County General Health District, visit www.lcghd.org. ###
LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERING PROJECT DAWN (DEATHS AVOIDED WITH NALOXONE) CLINIC October 31, 2017PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: Haley Russo (440) 350-2844 October 31, 2017 LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICTLAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERING PROJECT DAWN (DEATHS AVOIDED WITH NALOXONE) CLINICThe Lake County General Health District will be offering a Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone) clinic for all community members on November 8th, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. The clinic is available to anyone over the age of 18 who is interested in obtaining the knowledge and skills to recognize an overdose and use Naloxone (Narcan). Heroin accounted for almost half of all unintentional drug-related deaths in Lake County in the year 2016 and fentanyl-related deaths accounted for almost 70%.The Project DAWN clinic will take place at the Lake County General Health District, located at 5966 Heisley Road in Mentor, Ohio. If you wish to register or have any questions about the clinic, please contact Haley Russo at 440-350-2844.Drug-Related Deaths by Zip Code in 2016 ###
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING October 25, 2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Bert Mechenbier (440) 350-2543October 25, 2017 LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT PROTECT YOURSELF FROM CARBON MONOXIDE POISONINGAs we move into colder weather, Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) is reminding everyone to protect themselves from sources of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning that are more commonly in use this time of year. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning each year. It is also reported that each year more than 20,000 Americans visit the emergency room and more than 4,000 Americans are hospitalized due to CO poisoning.In Ohio, CO poisoning deaths have been reported in Toledo, Austintown, Fremont and Union Township in the past few years. On December 13, 2016 ten people, residents and employees of a nursing home in Columbus, were hospitalized and treated for CO poisoning. The source was a faulty furnace. On November 6, 2014, a family of six from Cleveland was taken to the hospital for CO poisoning.CO is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if you breathe it. CO is found in combustion fumes, such as those produced by furnaces, water heaters, small gasoline engines, stoves, generators, lanterns and gas ranges, or by burning charcoal and wood. People and animals in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces with these items can be poisoned and die from breathing in CO.Bert Mechenbier, Environmental Health Supervisor for the LCGHD said, “The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion.” According to Mechenbier, “People who are sleeping or who have been drinking alcohol can die from CO poisoning before ever having symptoms. If you think you may have CO poisoning, call your doctor right away”.Mechenbier also provided the following tips to prevent accidental CO poisoning:Have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician each year.Have at least one working carbon monoxide detector (They make great gifts!). Check the detector’s batteries twice annually, at the same time smoke detector batteries are checked. If the detector sounds, leave your home immediately and call 911. Also, check the end of life date on the detector, as it may need to be replaced.Seek medical attention if you think you have CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, lightheaded or nauseous. Do NOT use generators, grills, camp stoves, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning products inside a home, basement, garage, camper, or even outside near an open window. This is especially important to remember during a power outage.Do NOT warm up or run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the garage door open. Make sure to shut off vehicles when parking in a garage.Do NOT burn anything in a stove or fireplace that is not vented.Do NOT heat your house with a gas oven. If you have questions about CO poisoning, call LCGHD at (440) 350-2543 or visit their website at https://www.lcghd.org/?page_id=3722 . ###
LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERING FAMILY FLU CLINIC October 24, 2017NEWS RELEASE CONTACT: Tara Perkins (440) 350-2439October 24, 2017 LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERING FAMILY FLU CLINICThe Lake County General Health District will be offering an additional flu clinic for all community members on November 10, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. This flu clinic is available to infants, children and adults.This flu clinic will take place at Lake County General Health District, located at 5966 Heisley Road in Mentor, Ohio. We do ask participants to bring their insurance cards with them at the time of their visit. Please call 440-350-2554 to schedule your appointment today or if you have any questions about this flu clinic. ###