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  • December 23, 2016FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                           CONTACT: Rachel Sray, (440) 350-2604December 21, 2016                                                                                       LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT NEW WIC DIRECTOR SEEKS TO MAKE LAKE COUNTY BREASTFEEDING COALITION YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT The Lake County Breastfeeding Coalition has a new leader and is reaching out to residents who are in need of breastfeeding support. The Coalition is led by the new Lake-Geauga County Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program Director Rachel Sray and includes other health professionals within the Lake County General Health District, Early Head Start, Family Planning Association of Northeast Ohio, Inc., La Leche League of Lake County and Painesville, and Lake Health.The Coalition’s main goal is to promote breastfeeding and make breastfeeding a normal way of feeding infants in Lake County. “What we hope to accomplish this next year is to bridge the gap amongst community agencies, health care professionals, and businesses when it comes to breastfeeding,” commented Sray. This year will mark the beginning of the Coalition’s initiative to reach out to employers regarding breastfeeding policies. It’s important that employers within Lake County understand the role they play in a breastfeeding mom’s life and how they can best support those moms.”Although breastfeeding comes naturally to some women, others may experience challenges, especially in the first few weeks. It is important to know that many of these challenges can be overcome. There are several options in the area for breastfeeding support. Whether you’d prefer an in-person support group, one-on-one help, or an online support group, the help is there! See below for a listing of FREE breastfeeding support options in Lake County: OnlineIndividual In-Person Support GroupsLake County WIC: Join the online support group via Facebook (look for Lake County Peers)·         Every Wednesday from 8:00-10:00 p.m. – open to ALL interested moms and pregnant women.Lake County WIC: By appointment only. FREE. Not sure if you’re eligible for WIC? Call us at 440-350-2552.Lake Health, Warm Line: Call 440-602-6625 for individual help over the phoneLake Health, Tri-Point: Call 440-354-1929 Monday through Friday to make an appointment. Lake Health -Tri-Point: 3rd floor·         Every Wednesday morning 10:00-11:30 a.m. ORCleveland Clinic – Hillcrest North Campus:·         Tuesday & Friday 11:00-12:30 p.m.·         1st & 3rd Wednesday 6:00-7:00 p.m.Cleveland Clinic- Willoughby Hills: Lower level of North building in Community Room B.·         Every Thursday 1:00-2:30 p.m.Call ahead at 440-943-2500. For more information on the Lake County Breastfeeding Coalition or breastfeeding support options in Lake County, please call Rachel Sray at (440) 350-2604 or visit our website at ###

  • Lake County General Health District Receives Tobacco Prevention Grant November 28, 2016FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      CONTACT: Kathryn Milo, 440.350.2447November 28, 2016                                                                                       LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT RECEIVES $270,000 TOBACCO PREVENTION GRANT The Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) recently received a $270,000 tobacco prevention grant from the Ohio Department of Health. Together with, and as a member of the Lake Geauga Ashtabula Tobacco Prevention Coalition (LGATPC), LCGHD will continue current tobacco programming and create new tobacco prevention initiatives in Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula Counties.The LGATPC will work on four tobacco prevention priority areas:Coordination of youth-led tobacco education and advocacy groups;Adoption of outdoor tobacco-free policies in school districts, parks, event sites and businesses;Surveillance of tobacco retailer advertising; andAdoption of smoke-free policy in multi-unit housing in Metropolitan Housing Agencies, Section 8, and those of private owners.“This grant fills a great need for tobacco prevention efforts in the tri-county area,” commented Catherine Bevan, LCGHD Health Educator. According to Bevan, the 2011 Lake County Community Assessment revealed that the current Lake County adult smoking rate is 23.2%, while the current smoking rate for those 18 years and under is 19% in Lake County. In Geauga and Ashtabula counties, the adult smoking rate is 14% and 22%, respectively, while the current smoking rate for those 18 years under is 26% in Geauga County and 24% in Ashtabula County. The average age of onset of smoking in all counties is around 13 years of age.If you are interested in learning more about adopting a tobacco-free environment in your school, business or community, please contact Catherine Bevan at 440-350-2442. Members of the LGATPC include the Ashtabula City Health Department, Ashtabula County Health Department, Crossroads, Geauga County Health Department, Lake Area Recovery Center, Lake County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board; LCGHD, and Ravenwood Health. ###

  • November 22, 2016FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            CONTACT: Bert Mechenbier (440) 350-2543November 22, 2016                                                                              LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT      PROTECT YOURSELF FROM CARBON MONOXIDE POISONINGEvery year, more than 500 people die from accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. As we move into colder weather, Lake County General Health District is reminding everyone to protect themselves from sources of carbon monoxide poisoning that are more commonly in use this time of year.Carbon Monoxide (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.The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion. 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.To prevent CO poisoning:DO have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician each year.DO 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; it may need to be replaced.DO 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 isn’t vented.Do NOT heat your house with a gas oven. For more information on CO poisoning, call the Lake County General Health District at (440) 350-2543 or visit our website at ###

  • Food Safety Tips November 21, 2016NEWS RELEASE                                                                             CONTACT: CHRIS LOXTERMAN (440) 350-2543November 21, 2016                                                                         LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT  LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT RECOMMENDS FOOD SAFETY TIPSWith the holiday fast approaching, Lake County General Health District recommends the following food safety tips when planning your holiday meals.Plan ahead for enough oven, refrigerator and freezer space.Refrigerate food promptly after shopping. When making several stops, purchase perishable food last.Always wash hands before cooking.Thaw a turkey submerged in cold running water for several hours or in the refrigerator for several days using a drip pan to catch leaks.Roast the turkey and stuffing to a minimum internal temperature of 1650F measured in the innermost part of the thigh and the thickest part of the breast with an accurate thermometer. Do not rely on a pop up indicator.Wash everything that comes in contact with raw eggs, raw meat, or raw poultry and its juices, including the sink, utensils, cutting board and your hands.Never place cooked food back on the same plate that held raw food.Discard any perishable food that is left out at room temperature longer than 2 hours. When in doubt, throw it out.Promptly refrigerate leftovers. Divide food into smaller portions to chill quickly.If transporting food, use insulated coolers to keep food hot or cold. Wrapping casseroles in newspapers will also help food keep the appropriate temperature.Custard pies, including pumpkin must be stored in a refrigerator.Homemade eggnog must be made with pasteurized eggs. Please contact the Health District at (440) 350-2543 with any questions. The Lake County General Health District wishes everyone a safe and healthy Holiday season. ###

  • Legionnaires Disease Confirmed in Lake County November 17, 2016NEWS RELEASE                                                                                  CONTACT:  Ron H. Graham, (440) 350-2358November 17, 2016                                                                               LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICTFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASELEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE CONFIRMED IN LAKE COUNTY, OHIOThe Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) is working with the Ohio Department of Health and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on a public health investigation involving Legionnaires’ disease in Lake County. Between July 1, 2016 and October 31, 2016, there have been 12 confirmed Legionella cases, including one death.The timeline for the investigation is as follows:August 25, 2016  LCGHD completed a Legionella Environmental Assessment at a business on Lakeland Blvd. in Eastlake, based on the August 2016 reports of an employee being ill with possible Legionella bacteria. No areas of concern were identified during the investigation.September 26, 2016  LCGHD was notified by Ohio Department of Health of a second and third case of Legionella disease amongst employees of businesses located on Lakeland Blvd. in Eastlake.September 30, 2016  LCGHD completed a Legionella Environmental Assessment at a second business on Lakeland Blvd. in Eastlake, based on August 2016 reports of an employee being ill with confirmed Legionella disease. No areas of concern were identified during the investigation.October 4, 2016  LCGHD completed a Legionella Environmental Assessment at Consolidated Precision Products (CPP), 34000 Lakeland Blvd., Eastlake, Ohio 44095, based on the September 26th disease confirmation. During the investigation, several areas of concern were noted. At this visit, LCGHD provided CPP with information on Legionnaires’ disease and the importance of cleaning cooling towers.October 11, 2016  LCGHD notified Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of three cases of Legionnaires’ disease amongst employees of businesses located on Lakeland Blvd. in Eastlake.October 25, 2016   Representatives of LCGHD and OSHA toured the facilities at CPP and took water samples from the cooling towers.November 9, 2016  In accordance with protocols approved by Ohio Department of Health, CPP completed the process of cleaning and sanitizing their cooling towers.November 16, 2016 LCGHD received results from CPP’s third-party laboratory samples results confirming the presence of Legionella bacteria in one cooling tower prior to cleaning and sanitizing the cooling towers. Results were also received from samples taken after cleaning and sanitizing, no Legionella bacteria was detected. CPP has been cooperative in this investigation and has fully complied with all requests. The confirmed Legionella death was not a CPP employee. Test results indicate that any potential risk from this site has been eliminated at this time.Ron H. Graham, Health Commissioner stated, “It’s important to know that we will never really know the true source of the bacteria, we do know that one cooling towers was positive.”   Other possible sources of infection include hot tubs, hot water tanks, large plumbing systems and decorative fountains.Legionnaires’ disease is caused by a bacterium called Legionella. In general, Legionnaires’ disease is not spread from one person to another; however, person-to-person spread may be possible in very rare cases. Most people exposed to the bacteria do not become ill. Legionella bacteria can make people sick when they breathe it in through contaminated mist or vapor (small droplets of water in the air). This can happen when you drink, shower or bathe in contaminated water. About 5,000 new Legionnaires’ disease are reported each year. Lake County’s current infection rate is 3.05 cases per 100,000 residents.Legionella bacteria grow best in warm water like the kind found in hot tubs, cooling towers, hot water tanks, large plumbing systems and decorative fountains. They do not seem to grow in car or window air conditioners. Legionella is found naturally in fresh water environments, like lakes and streams, but can become a health concern in human-made water systems. Keeping Legionella out of water systems in buildings is key to preventing infection.Legionnaires’ disease can have symptoms like many other types of pneumonia and can be difficult to diagnose at first. Signs of Legionnaires’ disease include:CoughShortness of breathHigh feverMuscle achesHeadache Most healthy people do not get sick from being exposed to Legionella bacteria. Groups at higher risk for infection include.People 50 years or olderCurrent or former smokersPeople with a chronic lung disease (like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or emphysema)People with a weak immune system from diseases like cancer, diabetes, or kidney failurePeople who take drugs that suppress (weaken) the immune system (like after a transplant operation or chemotherapy) These symptoms usually begin two to 14 days after being exposed to the Legionella bacteria. If someone believes that they were exposed to Legionella and have these symptoms, they should consult with their doctor. Legionnaires’ disease requires treatment with antibiotics and may require hospitalization.For additional information about Legionnaires’ disease, visit . ###