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June 12, 2017NEWS RELEASE CONTACT: Bert Mechenbier, (440) 350-2453June 8, 2017 LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICTLAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT OFFICIALS EXPECTING AN INCREASE IN MOSQUITOESLake County General Health District (LCGHD) officials are expecting an increase in the amount of mosquitoes in Lake County due to forecasted high temperatures. The rains over the past few weeks have left large areas of standing water where mosquitoes lay their eggs. While there are currently no known cases of Zika virus in Lake County, mosquitoes are also the source of West Nile Virus, which is native to Lake County, as well as a nuisance. “The best advice is to get rid of standing water around your house if you can and use personal protection against mosquitoes,” noted Bert Mechenbier, Supervisor of Mosquito Control at LCGHD.Mechenbier provided the following tips for homeowners to keep mosquitoes from breeding in your backyard:Dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools, plastic covers or other containers that collect and hold water.Keep roof gutters unclogged. Clean gutters in the spring and fall.Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs. Keep them covered when empty.Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels, and potted trays at least once a week, if not more often.Make sure children’s toys are not holding water.Fill or drain puddles, ditches, and swampy areas and either remove, drain, or fill tree holes and stumps with mortar.Eliminate seepage from cisterns, cesspools, and septic tanks.Eliminate standing water around animal watering troughs.Irrigate lawns and gardens carefully to prevent water from standing for several days.LCGHD would also like to advise the following to protect yourself from biting mosquitoeLCGHD would also like to advise the following to protect yourself from biting mosquitoes:Avoid being outside at dawn/dusk. If you cannot avoid those times, use a repellent.Use an insect repellent containing active ingredients which have been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use as repellents applied to skin and clothing. Of the products registered with the EPA, those containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection than other products.Use repellents according to label instructions.Insect repellents can be used on pregnant women. EPA does not recommend any additional precautions for repellent use by pregnant or nursing women..Most insect repellents can be used on children. Products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not to be used on children under the age of three years.. Do not allow children to handle or spray insect repellents. When using on children, apply to your own hands first and then put it on the child. Avoid applying repellent to children’s hands because children frequently put their hands in their eyes and mouths. EPA does not recommend any additional precautions for using registered repellents on childrenRepellents containing a higher percentage of the active ingredient typically provide longer-lasting protection. Regardless of what product you use, if you start to get mosquito bites, reapply the repellent according to the label instructions.Wash treated skin and clothing after returning indoors.Wear light-colored clothing.Wear long sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks if you go outside when mosquitoes are most active (from dusk until dawn).Avoid wearing perfume, cologne and aromatic scents.Make sure window and door screens are “bug tight”. Repair or replace torn screens.Replace outdoor lights with yellow “bug lights”.If you have a concern about standing water, please call LCGHD at (440) 350-2543. If the standing water is on private property, permission will be needed to enter the property. For general information on mosquitoes and mosquito control, please visit the LCGHD’s website at www.lcghd.org. ###
June 6, 2017NEWS RELEASE CONTACT: CHRISTINE MARGALIS (440) 350-2879June 2, 2017 LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT Lake County Residents Invited to Complete Access to Care SurveyIn an effort to gain information on access to care issues in Lake County, Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) will be conducting a community survey open to Lake County residents ages 18 years of age or older. The survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017AccesstoCare.The survey consists of 54 multiple choice questions, can be completed anonymously and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Question topics include health and dental insurance coverage as well as possible barriers to receiving care including cost, travel and lack of a personal physician or primary medical home. This survey is a first step in looking at strategies to improve access to care for Lake County residents. Focus groups will be also be conducted with specific groups including senior citizens, individual using behavioral health services and limited English-speaking populations. Information gathered will be used by healthcare stakeholders to identify underserved populations, close gaps in service and develop long-term solutions so that all Lake County residents can reach their full potential.“With continued discussions around amending the Affordable Care Act, now is an appropriate time to review how Lake County residents access healthcare in our community. Lake County is very fortunate to have several large hospital systems, as well as publicly funded providers working in our area. Yet there is still a significant population of our residents who are unable to access the timely services they need to maintain health,” said Ron H. Graham, Health Commissioner of the Lake County General Health District.The online survey will be open until July 15, 2017. The winner of a $50.00 Giant Eagle gift card will be selected amongst those who submit their name and contact information at the survey link above. Completion of the survey is not a requirement for entry into the drawing. For additional information, please contact Christine Margalis at (440) 350-2879. ###
May 26, 2017PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: MICHELLE HART (440) 350-2464May 24, 2017 LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT LAKE COUNTY KICKS OFF LOCAL CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN ON MAY 25, 2017The Lake County Safe Communities Coalition, in collaboration with the Painesville Farmers Market and law enforcement partners, will hold its local Click It or Ticket Campaign Kickoff on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at Veterans Park, 1 Liberty Street in Painesville. The presentation will take place at the gazebo. Speakers include Painesville Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti, Lieutenant Charles Gullett of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Chief Anthony Powalie of Painesville City Police Department, and Sheriff Daniel Dunlap or a representative from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.“Currently Lake County has two traffic fatalities in 2017 and both were unrestrained. The focus of the Click It or Ticket Campaign is to bring awareness to the importance of seat belt usage, as many know the dangers but still refuse to buckle-up,” says Lake County Safe Communities Coalition Coordinator Michelle Hart. Painesville Police Chief Anthony Powalie adds, “Safety is planned for and injuries are preventable”.Click It or Ticket is a national enforcement mobilization that will be taking place across the country May 22 – June 4, 2017. The Click It or Ticket program began in North Carolina in 1993, which later expanded to include eight states in a regional campaign in 2001. Ohio became involved in a national pilot program in 2002 and, as of 2004, all States and U.S. territories participate in Click It or Ticket annually. The mobilization is supported by national and local paid advertising and earned media campaigns aimed at raising awareness. The primary audience continues to be men ages 18 to 34, which research shows are less likely to wear seat belts.In addition to the presentation, Lake County Safe Communities Coalition will be hosting a booth at the Farmers Market, engaging shoppers with the Seatbelt Safety Prize Wheel and providing a lunchtime snack. During the Farmers Market, Barrio Food Truck will be serving lunch and vendors such as Middle Ridge Gardens, Carhops Burger Sauce, Rainbow Farms, Backattack Almonds will be selling items. All news media, public officials and the general public are invited to attend. ###
May 26, 2017NEWS RELEASE CONTACT: CHRIS LOXTERMAN (440) 350-2543May 23, 2017 LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT LAKE COUNTY LAUCHES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR HOUSEHOLD SEWAGE TREATMENT SYSTEM REPAIRS AND REPLACEMENTSThe Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have implemented a financial assistance program for the repair or replacement of failing household sewage treatment systems. The purpose of the program is to provide 13.3 million dollars in funding to Ohio for the repair and replacement of failing household sewage treatment systems. The Funds will be distributed by the Ohio EPA through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF).The Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) is approved to receive up to $200,000 and will solicit potential participants, determine eligibility, and implement this program. The grant will provide 100% of the total system improvement costs for eligible systems where the homeowner is at the 100% of the federal poverty level. The grant will provide 85% of the cost when the homeowner is at 200% of the poverty level with a 15% homeowner match, and 50% of the cost when the homeowner is at 300% of the poverty level with a 50% homeowner match. It is anticipated that between 10-15 systems can be repaired or replaced depending on the number of qualified applicants and the cost of each project.Homeowner Income Eligibility Requirements: Homeowner at 100% of the poverty level or underWPCLF HSTS Income Guidelineshttp://aspe.hhs.gov/2015-poverty-guidelinesPersons in HouseholdPoverty Guideline*1-4$24,2505$28,4106$32,5707$36,7308$40,890For families with more than 8 persons, add $4,160 for each additional person* Based on total family income of all occupants who are 18 or older Homeowner between 100% and 200% of the poverty levelWPCLF HSTS Income Guidelines with incomes over $48,500Persons in HouseholdPoverty Guideline*1-4$48,5005$56,8206$65,1407$73,4608$81,780For families with more than 8 persons, add $4,160 for each additional person* Based on total family income of all occupants who are 18 or older Homeowner between 200% and 300% of the poverty levelWPCLF HSTS Income Guidelines with incomes over $72,750Persons in HouseholdPoverty Guideline*1-4$72,7505$85,2306$97,7107$110,1908$122,670*Homeowners with aggregate income exceeding $122,670 are not eligible for WPCLF Assistance* Based on total family income of all occupants who are 18 or older Additional Requirements: Sewage system serving the home where owner resides is failing as determined by LCGHD.May fund abandonment of Household Sewage Treatment System (HSTS) and connect to sanitary sewer.Owner of the home receives system at no cost when at 100% of poverty level, receives 85% of cost with 15% match when at 200% of poverty level and 50% of cost with 50% match when at 300% of poverty level.Homeowners whose total annual household incomes exceed $122,670 are not eligible for this program.The system installation and approval must be completed within one year.The homeowner receiving the assistance is the titled owner and lives at the property where the sewage system will be repaired or replaced.A registered Lake County Installer will repair or replace the failing sewage system in accordance with the WPCLF specifications.In addition to soliciting participants who qualify for this program, LCGHD is generating a list of Lake County registered installers who wish to participate in this program. This is an excellent opportunity for eligible homeowners that have been dealing with a failing system and have limited resources to be able to repair or replace their sewage system.The deadline for homeowners to apply for funding is September 30, 2017. Funding will be determined on a first come/first served basis, so homeowners who believe they meet the income limits and other qualifications are encouraged to contact Chris Loxterman at 440-350-2543 to begin the prequalification process. ###
May 19, 2017NEWS RELEASE CONTACT: KATHY MILO (440) 350-2447May 16, 2017 LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT HEALTH IN THE HARBOR SCHEDULED FOR MAY 27THSpend the last Saturday in May having fun along the shores of Lake Erie!Health in the Harbor will be held on Saturday, May 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Village of Fairport Harbor along the shores of Lake Erie and will be held rain or shine. This one-day free event is one you and your children won’t want to miss! This event is an opportunity to empower families, children and adults to live healthier lives through active lifestyles.Health in the Harbor follows the JUST RUN® Lake County 5K morning race with pre-registered students representing thirty schools who will run through the Village of Fairport Harbor. The race finishes at the event’s entrance.Residents from all over Northeast Ohio will have the opportunity to spend the day experiencing a variety of free interactive events and activities! All family members can participate in free fitness classes and experience kayaking, paddleboard and other fun activities for free! Health and wellness exhibitors will line the beachfront, providing products and service information along with activities. Food trucks and healthy snacks will also be available. Health in the Harbor is a great opportunity to try something new!At 11:00 a.m., youth have the opportunity to clean up Huntington Beach by participating in a campaign called “Do Something and Get the Filter Out (GTFO).” To participate, go to the Stand table by the pavilion to get your plastic gloves and bag. The activity is open to those six to 17 years of age. The individual collecting the most cigarette butts will receive a $25 Toys R Us® gift card. The second place individual will receive a $15 Toys R Us gift card, and the third place individual will received a $10 Toys R Us gift card. Let’s clean up and create a healthier Fairport Harbor! Health in the Harbor is sponsored by Lake County General Health District, Lake County YMCA, Lake Health, Lake Metroparks and the Village of Fairport Harbor. For Health in the Harbor information, visitwww.lcghd.orgor call 440-350-2447. ###