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LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERING TWO FAMILY FLU CLINICS January 11, 2018NEWS RELEASE CONTACT: Tara Perkins (440) 350-2439January 9, 2018 LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICTLAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERING TWO FAMILY FLU CLINICSThe United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that the United States has experienced an increase in flu activity, with flu-like illnesses increasing to 5.8%1, similar to the previous severe flu season in 2014-2015. From December 24, 2018 to December 30, 2018, Ohio has experienced widespread flu diagnoses. Lake County General Health District also regrets to inform that Lake County has experienced three deaths related to the flu. In response to the current flu situation, the Lake County General Health Department will be offering two additional flu clinics for all community members:January 12, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.January 19, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. These flu clinics are available to infants, children and adults and will take place at Lake County General Health District, located at 5966 Heisley Road in Mentor, Ohio. We ask participants to bring their insurance cards with them at the time of their visit. Please call 350-2554 to schedule your appointment today or if you have any questions about these flu clinics.The flu can be a mild to serious illness that could result in hospitalization. The flu virus is easily spread by tiny droplets that are produced by coughing, sneezing or talking. These tiny droplets can travel through the air and enter the mouths or noses of another person or land on surfaces that others may touch. Once a person is exposed to the flu, it may take a few days for symptoms to occur. Symptoms of the flu include coughing, sneezing, fever or feeling hot and cold, running nose or stuffy nose, body aches and feeling tired.“Regardless of whether you get your flu vaccine from us, your local healthcare provider or local pharmacy, getting the flu vaccine is your best defense in managing the flu and protecting others from getting it,” commented Tara Perkins, Lake County General Health District Director of Nursing. Other ways to prevent the flu include the following:Wash your hands often, especially after sneezing or coughing and when preparing meals.When sneezing, sneeze into the crease of your arm, near your elbow. This will reduce the spread of germs to your hands which could then travel to other people and surfaces.Drink plenty of water and eat fresh fruits and vegetables.Stay home if you are sick. Give your body time to recover and to protect your colleagues from getting sick.Try to reduce your stress levels. This can cause your body to become rundown, making it more likely to picking up viruses.For more information or please call the Lake County General Health District at (440) 350-2554 or visit www.lcghd.org. ###
LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERING PROJECT DAWN (DEATHS AVOIDED WITH NALOXONE) CLINIC January 11, 2018PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: Haley Russo (440) 350-2844JANUARY 4, 2018 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 January 10th, 2018 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%. Data for 2017 is still being finalized at this time.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. ###
LAKE COUNTY PACE EH TEAM LAUNCHES SURVEY TO IDENTIFY ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS December 21, 2017NEWS RELEASE CONTACT: CHRIS LOXTERMAN (440) 350-2543December 8, 2017 LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT LAKE COUNTY PACE EH TEAM LAUNCHES SURVEY TO IDENTIFY ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS The Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence (PACE) Team, made up of the Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) and many community partners, are surveying the residents and workers of Lake County to identify the environmental concerns.The survey is available online on the LCGHD website, www.lcghd.org. Paper copies will be available at senior centers and at the LCGHD offices located at 5966 Heisley Road in Mentor, Ohio. Information received from the survey will guide action on environmental issues that affect the residents and workers in Lake County and also address identified community needs.PACE in Environmental Health or PACE EH is a guidance tool to perform a community-based environmental health assessment and create an accurate and verifiable profile of a community’s environmental health status.PACE EH is a method for engaging communities and local health officials for:Identifying local environmental health issuesSetting priorities for actionTargeting populations most at riskAddressing identified issues to improve environmental health The methodology behind PACE EH is a series of 13 tasks to engage collaborative teamwork between a group of local stakeholders (including community members and the staff of local agencies), collect necessary and relevant information related to community environmental health concerns, rank issues, establish relevant indicators and select local priorities for action.To answer any questions about the PACE EH project or to request that a copy of the survey be mailed to your home, please contact Chris Loxterman or Dan Lark at (440) 350-2543. Agencies participating on the PACE Team include Eastlake Fire Department, HzW Environmental Consultants, Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Lake County Commissioners, Lake County Council on Aging, Lake County Farm Bureau, Lake County Geographic Information System, Lake County Medical Reserve Corps, Lake County Planning Commission, Lake County Soil and Water District, Lake County Utilities Department, Lake County YMCA, Leroy Township, Madison Township, North Perry Village, Ohio State University Cooperative Extension Office, Perry Village, Wickliffe City, Wickliffe Fire Department and Willoughby City. ###
LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERING PROJECT DAWN (DEATHS AVOIDED WITH NALOXONE) CLINIC December 5, 2017PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: Haley Russo (440) 350-2844December 4, 2017 LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICTLAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERING PROJECT DAWN (DEATHS AVOIDED WITH NALOXONE) CLINICThe Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) will be offering a Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone) clinic for all community members on December 13, 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 2016 and fentanyl-related deaths accounted for almost 70%.The Project DAWN clinic will take place at LCGHD, 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. ###
23rd ANNUAL PROTECT & SERVE TAVERN SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9TH December 1, 2017PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: Haley Russo (440) 350-2844November 28, 2017 LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT 23rd ANNUAL PROTECT & SERVE TAVERN SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9TH, NOON TO 4 P.M. AT GREAT LAKES MALL The 23rd Annual Protect & Serve Tavern will take place Saturday, December 9th from noon – 4:00 p.m. at the Great Lakes Mall located at 7850 Mentor Avenue in Mentor, Ohio. Hosted by the Lake County Crime Prevention Taskforce, the Lake County Association of Chiefs of Police and the Lake County Safe Communities Coalition, this event will remind everyone to drive sober this holiday season.Local police chiefs will act as bartenders, serving non-alcoholic drinks and snacks to mall shoppers. Due to many generous donations received from local businesses, this event is free to the public. Local police departments will invite shoppers to try the “Fatal Vision” goggle demonstration, which mimics alcohol impairment. Free recipes featuring tasty non-alcoholic beverages created by the Lake County police departments will also be available.“To date in 2017, of the eight fatal crashes, four had confirmed alcohol involvement. The Protect & Serve Tavern is one of the many ways we work with our local law enforcement to remind the community to celebrate safely this holiday season,” said Haley Russo, Coordinator of the Lake County Safe Communities Coalition and Lake County General Health District Health Educator.This holiday season, the Lake County Crime Prevention Taskforce, the Lake County Association of Chiefs of Police and the Lake County Safe Communities Coalition are teaming up with the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to remind all drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving. With the holiday festivities and extra office parties taking place, it is essential to plan a sober ride home before the events begin. This holiday season, as you head out for a night of merrymaking, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Here are a few simple tips to insure that everyone has a fun evening and gets home safely:Plan a safe way home before festivities begin;Before drinking, designate a sober driver;If you are impaired, take a taxi or call a sober friend or family member for a ride home;If you happen to see an impaired driver on the road, call #667 to reach law enforcement;If you know someone who is going to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them find arrangements to get where they are going safely Let’s make sure everyone has a safe and happy holiday season! ###