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New Officers Named By The Lake County General Health District's Board of Health October 18, 2017For Immediate Release CONTACT: Ron H Graham, (440) 350-2543October 13, 2017 LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISRICTNEW OFFICERS NAMED BY THE LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT’S BOARD OF HEALTHThe Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) is pleased to announce that Lake County Board of Health (BOH) members recently elected Brian Katz to serve as board president and Patricia Fowler to serve as president pro tem.Mr. Katz, retired from the City of Willoughby, has been on the BOH for 18 years as the City of Willoughby’s representative and served as president pro tem for the past three years. Mrs. Fowler, City Programs’ Coordinator of the City of Wickliffe, has served on the BOH for 14 years as the representative for the City of Wickliffe. “I have a background in medical technology and have a real passion for health promotion and education,” noted Fowler. “It is a pleasure to work with the dedicated staff of the Health District.”In Ohio, each of the 117 local health departments is formally led by a local Board of Health that meets monthly and is made up of community members with at least one member that is a physician. In Lake County, the board has 14 members that represent its nine cities, nine villages, five townships and the licensed community, including food service, swimming pools and marinas.“With my 18 years on the Board, I have learned that we have strong leadership at the Health District and very qualified employees,” Katz commented. “It is the purpose of the Board to support the employees, as well as keep those that appointed us, including the townships, villages, and cities, informed as to our actions. Most important, we are committed to keeping our eyes on tax dollars taken in from state and federal grants and tracking how our local taxes are spent.”More information on LCGHD and their programs and services can be found atwww.lcghd.org. ###
Lake County Health District Offering Pediatric First Aid, Communicable Disease and CPR Classes October 18, 2017NEWS RELEASE CONTACT: Tara Perkins (440) 350-2439October 18, 2017 LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICTLAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERING PEDIATRIC FIRST AID, COMMUNICABLE DISEASE AND CPR CLASSES The Lake County General Health District 2017 Community Education class schedule now includes Communicable Disease (full and refresher course), Pediatric First Aid (full and refresher course), and CPR. Refresher courses are $30 per person and the full courses are $45 per person.Communicable DiseaseFull course – October 23, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30p.m.Refresher – November 1, 2017 from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.Pediatric First AidFull course – November 20, 2017 – 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.Refresher – December 6, 2017 – 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.CPR ClassesAmerican Heart Association Heart Saver CPR and Health Saver BLS classes are available. Please call to schedule a class.All classes will take place at Lake County General Health District located at 5966 Heisley Road in Mentor, Ohio. Please call 440-350-2554 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or to register for a class. Please be sure to have your OPIN number available. If you would like to bring the course to your location, please call or email for details. ###
Lake County Traffic Fatality Update October 11, 2017PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: HALEY RUSSO (440) 350-2844October 11, 2017 LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT LAKE COUNTY TRAFFIC FATALITY UPDATELake County General Health District (LCGHD) has identified that improper seat belt use, impaired driving and distracted driving are impacting the safety and welfare of the citizens of Lake County. To combat this issue, LCGHD has received funding through the Ohio Traffic Safety Office from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to coordinate the Lake County Safe Communities Coalition (LCSCC). LCSCC is made up of the LCGHD staff and representatives from local law enforcement, local fire safety, Crossroads, Great Lakes Mall, Lake County Coroner’s Office, Lake County Engineers Office, Lake Metroparks, Lakeland Community College, Laketran, Mandovi Enterprises, Mothers Against Drunk Driving – Northeast Ohio Affiliate, Ohio Department of Transportation, Promedica and others. Health Commissioner Ron H. Graham added, “We value our partners and the collaboration that goes into this program. When one considers motor vehicle injuries in the context of other preventable causes of death and disease, you realize that motor vehicle injuries are an important issue in public health.”LCSCC reports that as of September 30th, there have been six fatal crashes in 2017 in Lake County, six of which occurred in the 3rd quarter (July-September). The top leading causes of the crashes were:Failure to control (4)Left of Center (1)Improper Lane Change (1) In 2016, ten fatal crashes were reported. Of those ten fatal crashes, four were alcohol-related. To date in 2017, two of the six fatal crashes had confirmed alcohol involvement and another is also suspected. With 28% of the fatal crashes this year being alcohol-related, LCSCC would like to remind you to drive sober! The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to be safe whenever they are behind the wheel. All motorists can play a role in keeping the roadways safe by never driving impaired and designating sober drivers.According to the NHTSA, approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In 2015, there were 10,265 people killed in drunk-driving crashes, an increase from the 9,967 people killed in 2014. Despite the fact that it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, one person is killed every 51 minutes by a drunk driver on our Nation’s roadways.The LCSCC and NHTSA recommend the following safe alternatives to drinking and driving:Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you have had one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely.If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact your local police departmentDo you have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visithttps://one.nhtsa.gov/drivesober/.For more information about the LCSCC, visithttps://www.lcghd.org/?page_id=4439. ###
Don't Let The Flu Get You! August 31, 2017Bridge Column CONTACT: Dawn Cole, (440) 251-9798September 8, 2017 LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT DON’T LET THE FLU GET YOU! If you are 65 years or older, getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and those around you from the flu. The Lake County General Health District will be holding flu clinics at the Mentor Senior Center on October 5, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and at the Fairport Senior Center on October 24, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please call the Mentor Senior Center at 440-974-5725 or the Fairport Senior Center at 440-354-3674 for appointment availability.Everyone six months of age or older should get a flu vaccine every season. Adults aged 65 years and older are more susceptible to the flu because the immune system weakens as we age. People 65 years and older have two flu shots available to choose from – a regular dose flu vaccine and the “high dose” vaccine designed specifically for people 65 and older resulting in a stronger immune response and possibly greater protection following vaccination. Both of these vaccines will be available at the Senior Center clinics in Mentor and Fairport. Talk to your health care provider to decide which one is right for you.The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness. The flu is spread by droplets made when people infected with the flu virus cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouth or nose of those nearby. A person might also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose. To avoid the flu, wash your hands often with soap and water and avoid touching your face. When soap and water are not available to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.If you have flu-like symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately. Flu symptoms include:100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)Cough and/or sore throatRunny or stuffy noseHeadaches, muscle and/or body achesChillsFatigue (very tired)Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children The flu and the common cold have similar symptoms. It can be difficult to tell the difference between them. Your health care provider can give you a test within the first few days of your illness to determine if you have the flu. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold. Symptoms such as fever, body aches, tiredness, and cough are more common and intense with the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Your doctor may prescribe antiviral medications if you get the flu.Get your flu vaccine, not the flu. Flu shots are a covered service for Medicare and children enrolled in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program. For more information and to find a flu clinic near you, visit www.flu.gov. ###
LAKE COUNTY KICKS OFF ANNUAL DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER CAMPAIGN ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2017 August 16, 2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Michelle Hart (440) 350-2464August 11, 2017 LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICTLAKE COUNTY KICKS OFF ANNUAL DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER CAMPAIGN ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2017This weekend, Lake County Safe Communities Coalition (LCSCC) is reminding residents the importance of sober driving at its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (DSGPO) Kickoff. The kickoff will be held during Concord Community Days, Saturday August 12th at 3:30 p.m., on the main stage at Town Hall Campus, 7229 Ravenna Road in Concord. During the Concord Community Days event, LCSCC will host a table asking all adults of drinking age to pledge their reason for driving sober and distribute DSGPO giveaways throughout the day to all that participate. The kickoff will be held on the main stage immediately following the Concord Citizen of the Year and scholarship winners. During the kickoff, brief presentations will be given by Concord Township Trustee Chris Galloway, and representatives from Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio State Highway Patrol. This event serves as a means to educate the community on the importance of sober driving and raises awareness of the DSGPO national mobilization. The DSGPO high-visibility enforcement campaign runs from August 16th through September 4th, and is a partnership between National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and local law enforcement. According to the NHTSA, approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers (with a blood alcohol concentration [BAC] of .08 or higher). In 2015, there were 10,265 people killed in drunk-driving crashes, an increase from the 9,967 people killed in 2014. Despite the fact that it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, one person is killed every 51 minutes by a drunk driver on our Nation’s roadways.The LCSCC and NHTSA recommend the following safe alternatives to drinking and driving: Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely. Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app available on Google Play for Android devices: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRide&hl=en), and Apple’s iTunes Store for IOS devices: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8). SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend, and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up. If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact your local police department Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely. For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov. ###