Logan County Health District

 

"Champions of a safe and healthy community"

 

 

 

 

 





Flu vaccine for all ages
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Listen to our Environmental Health Director, Tim Smith, discuss the Sewage O&M Program

 

https://www.peakofohio.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=5&id=288452#.XUXm8-hKiMo

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With the current Flooding in Logan County there are several Public Health Concerns to consider:

Do not to drink water or eat food that has come in contact with flood waters - this water can cause illness or disease.

Mosquitoes - With flooding there will be more mosquitoes. Most are merely a nuisance and are not major carriers of diseases.  In fact, only a few of the 59 species of mosquitoes in Ohio can transmit disease.  However, the diseases mosquitoes can carry are very serious ones, such as encephalitis and malaria in humans and heartworm in dogs.  Therefore, it is always advisable to take preventive measures to protect yourself and your family against mosquito bites.
  • Drain Water Where Mosquitoes Grow - Take a walk around your property, Mosquitoes can grow in containers that hold water for more than a week. - Change the water in birdbaths every week - Keep rain gutters clean.
  • Avoid Being Bitten by Mosquitoes - Clothing will help protect you from mosquito bites. When possible, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks in addition to repellent when outdoors. Repel mosquitoes when going outdoors using repellents that contain an EPA-registered active ingredient such as DEET or picaridin. Be aware of peak mosquito hours. Mosquitoes are most active and biting during the early morning and late evening hours. If outdoors at dawn or dusk, take extra care to use repellent and wear protective clothing. Keep window and door screens closed and in good repair to keep mosquitoes out of your house. Mosquitoes rest in tall weeds. Keep weeds cut short to help prevent against mosquitoes.

Link to ODH Mosquito Brochure

If your Private Well or septic System has been covered by flood waters, BE AWARE that the well may be contaminated and the septic system may not be functioning properly. If either of these occur:
  • For flooded Septic Systems - limit water use in your home. Do laundry elsewhere until the septic system is no longer flooded. Temporarily minimize toilet flushing. LCHD Sanitarians can assist with an assessment of your system if there are concerns.
If you have a puncture wound or cut from cleaning up after a flood and it has been 5 years or more since your last tetanus shot see your healthcare provider, or call the LCHD at 937-6186 for a tetanus shot.

Clean up procedures/decontamination of households or businesses if flooded.- Protect yourself during clean-up by making sure the area is well ventilated; use fans, open windows- Use a face mask for dust and mold - use rubber gloves-Run a HEPA air filter if possible - Create an effective cleaning solution by combining
        a) Liquid dish detergent-one good squirt
        b) 1 qt. of 10% hydrogen peroxide and
        c) 1 cup of baking soda.
Mix new at each time of use. - Bleach may be used as a final step if you wish to remove dark stains caused by mold.


Visit CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/after.html

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Flooding May Affect the Quality of Your Well Water

Did you know... Flooding may affect the quality of your well water. If you suspect flood waters were higher than the top of your well you might have a water quality issue. The Logan County Health District tests private well water for bacteria at a cost of $40.00 and nitrates for $14.00.

The Top 7 Causes of Outbreaks in Individual (Private) Water Systems* include: Hepatitis A; Giardia; Campylobacter; Shigella; E. coli; Cryptosporidium, Salmonella (tie); Arsenic, Gasoline, Nitrate, Phenol, Selenium, Yersinia enterocolitica.

For any inquiries leave a message at  937-651-6206 or for more information on water quality visit our website at http://loganhealth.org/EH/PWS.html


Center for Disease Control and Prevention at  https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/private/index.html
Additional information:

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Household Sewage Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Program

Ohio Administrative Code 3701-29

On January 1, 2015, The Ohio Department of Health (ODH), as directed by the state legislature, adopted the Sewage Treatment System Rules for the entire state of Ohio. These rules are now the minimum standards that all Local Health Districts (LHDs) must follow regarding the treatment of private wastewater in Ohio. The new statewide sewage code now requires a Sewage O&M Program in Logan County where none existed previously. The ODH has begun to audit all LHDs to determine how each Sewage O&M Program is being administered.

What is O&M?

After a sewage treatment system (STS) is installed, there are specific tasks that must occur to keep an STS working properly so that it does not pollute surface or underground water.

What new costs will there be to property owners with sewage systems because of the O&M Program?

A $50 renewable sewage operation permit is required. Additionally, a $50 sewage system on-site evaluation fee may be charged by the health district for an existing STS in order to administer the Sewage O&M Program. Renewable means that operation permits have expiration limits that require completing an application and purchasing a new permit. Failure to pay operation and/or inspection fees will result in an additional 25% penalty fee. All unpaid fees will be added to the property taxes.

For more information please visit the Logan County Health District Household Sewage Web Page.

Sewage O&M Program FAQ


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Hepatitis A Statewide Community Outbreak


The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and affected local health departments are investigating an increased number of hepatitis A cases in Ohio.  ODH has declared a statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A after observing an increase in cases linked to certain risk factors since the beginning of 2018.  Outbreaks of hepatitis A are occurring in several states across the U.S., including neighboring states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and West Virginia.

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease that usually spreads when a person ingests fecal matter - even in microscopic amounts - from contact with objects, food or drinks contaminated by the stool of an infected person.  Hepatitis A can also be spread from close personal contact with an infected person, such as through sex.

Link to ODH Hepatitis Outbreak Information

Hepatitis A General Fact Sheet

Hepatitis A Disease Fact Sheet


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2019-2021 Logan County
Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)


A Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is a systematic effort to address issues identified by [an] assessment and community health improvement process. Logan County's Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is based on data gathered from Logan County communities through the community health assessment and extensive input from over 90 community leaders and residents. The Community Health Assessment (CHA) created a picture of the needs of Logan County, identified community and data strengths and challenges, and provided information for next steps to improve the quality of life and health in Logan County.

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All Homeowners are Encouraged to Test Their House for Radon

 

Radon Deaths

 

Ohio Radon Counties

 

 

EPA estimates that radon causes thousands of cancer deaths in the U.S. each year.

 

 

Red Zones:  Counties with the highest potential for elevated indoor radon levels

Orange Zones:  Counties with a moderate potential for elevated indoor radon levels

 

     All homeowners are encouraged to test the lowest level of their house for Radon. It has been known since the 1980s that humans face a health threat from naturally occurring Radon gas.  Radon causes lung cancer.  It is second only to cigarette smoking as the cause of lung cancer.  When smoking and radon are both present as co-carcinogens the rate of lung cancer is significantly increased. Children playing on the floor are more vulnerable.

    Different studies debate the actual number of annual deaths caused by Radon, but even with the least estimate of 22,000 per year in U.S., there is cause for alarm.  Logan County, along with two-thirds of Ohio, is identified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as a high risk area for occurrence of Radon accumulation in homes.  Radon is unseen with no odor, but can easily be detected using a test kit. 

     Unlike some environmental hazards to health, persons can easily take action against Radon gas.  The first step is to test your home.  Testing should be done when windows are ordinarily closed for a three or four day period.  Late fall and winter are good times to test when windows and doors are no longer left open.  This will yield the highest levels of Radon a person may be exposed to.  The test kit is placed in the basement or lowest level of the home for 3-4 days then sealed and dropped in the mail (postage prepaid).  The lab sends a confidential report within days.

     If test results are high enough for concern, residents can review their options to remove Radon from their home and take whatever action they decide is necessary.  Radon comes from the natural rock decay processes in subsoil.  It is trapped in buildings as the subsoil air rises through cracks and pores in foundations.  Removal of Radon is usually accomplished by penetrating the subsurface beneath a building and venting the subsurface air through the roof.  This process is inexpensive during building construction, but is also very feasible for existing buildings.  A list of licensed contractors and specialists in Ohio is available from the Logan County Health District, Environmental Health Division. Unseen, unnoticed disease-carrying agents like Radon gas tend to take a back seat to diseases with more immediate impact.  People cannot always take direct action against such threats, but in the case of Radon, it is easy to detect and remove.  Anyone can take action against Radon. 

ODH Radon Testing Pamphlet

ODH Radon Testing Fact Sheet

ODH Radon Website

EPA Radon Website



Logan County Health District Achieves National Accreditation




SCOTT DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY

The Logan County Health District (LCHD) is excited to announce that the organization has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) by demonstrating that it meets the highest standards for delivering quality programs and services to its community.

"After years of diligence and hard work, we are proud to be recognized for achieving national standards that promote continuous quality improvement to better protect public health," said Boyd Hoddinott, MD MPH, Logan County Health Commissioner. "By continuing to improve our services, we can be sure we're meeting and exceeding the needs of our local community as effectively as possible. The accreditation process also validates the dedication of our staff and the exceptional support of our board of health and community partners to help prioritize the use of resources to improve the quality of life of all Logan County residents."

Of the 113 health districts in the state of Ohio, only 23 are accredited, three of which are rural agencies, which includes the Logan County Health District. Nationally accredited health departments strive to improve the health of the public through advanced performance, which is measured against a set of nationally recognized, practice-focused and evidence-based standards.

The PHAB's voluntary national accreditation process is rigorous and extensive. Interested health departments must undergo peer-reviewed assessments to ensure they meet or exceed a set of public health quality standards. Those measures cover a broad range of services including community health assessment, epidemiology, infectious disease control, health inspections, health education, and emergency preparedness.

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Logan County Community Needs Assessment for 2018

The Logan County Health District is pleased to provide the final findings of the Logan County Community Needs Assessment for 2018. 

The Top Community Priorities are:
  1. Mental Health
  2. Substance Abuse
  3. Healthy Living
  4. Safe and Healthy Children
  5. Housing and Homelessness
  6. Resources and Awareness
  7. Workforce

If you are interested in participating in implementing strategies to address these priorities for Logan County please contact Donna Metzler at 937-651-6217.

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Community Health Improvement Plan Updates

Over the past three years, four coalitions have been active in the community addressing the issues identified in the 2015 Logan County Community Health Improvement Plan. Accomplishments have been tracked and can be seen in the Final Report of Accomplishments.

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Immunization Clinics:

Every Thursday Morning 9:00 - 11:00am

and the first Thursday of the Month from 2:00 - 6:00pm

Please call the Health District to Register at 937-651-6186

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Logan County Community Needs Assessment for 2018

MRH Call to Action The Logan County Health District is pleased to provide the preliminary findings of the Logan County Community Needs Assessment for 2018. This document is a draft and open for public comment and input at this time. Please complete the comment form if there is any information that you feel is vital for consideration. If you would like to view a hard copy of this document, it is available to view at Logan County Health District, Mary Rutan Hospital, Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Services Board, Community Health and Wellness Partners, and the Logan County United Way. If you would like to participate in the community's Call to Action meeting on July 18 to determine the direction Logan County takes in meeting these needs, please RSVP to Christie at 937-599-7005.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Beginning with a Continental Breakfast Held at St. Patrick Church, Makley Hall 316 E. Patterson Ave, Bellefontaine
8:00 - noon


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Funds available for failing home sewage treatment systems

The Logan County Health District has received an $84,000 grant from the Ohio EPA's Water Pollution Control Loan Fund to help low to moderate income homeowners repair and replace failing home sewage treatment systems. Depending on household income and the number of residents, homeowners may qualify for 50 to 100 percent of the total costs for home sewage system repair or replacement.

Link to Application

Financial Guidelines

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for all ages

during regular

Immunization Clinics

Every Thursday morning from 9 - 11 a.m.

1st Thursday afternoon from 2 - 6 p.m.

Most insurances are accepted

Please call (937) 651-6186 to register

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The Logan County Health District collaborates with the Community Core Coalition.

24 hour Crisis Hotline -  1-800-224-0422 or text "4hope" to 741741

Check out the website is:  www.logancountycore.com

MEDICATION DISPOSAL FLYER

                                 Unused presription bottles may be disposed of at the following places:

                                          Logan County Sheriff's Office lobby is available 24/7

                                          Russells Point Police Department during office hours - M/T/Th/F  9-4:30

                                 Sharps Disposal is available at the Health District during regular business hours.

                                         A fee of $4.00 to dispose of Sharps containers

                                         May use containers** provided by the Health District or any heavy gage

                                                plastic bottle (ie: laundry detergent bottle w/cap).

                                         **An additional fee of $4.00 to purchase a new Sharps container from Health District

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Dr. Hoddinott recently presented information to Logan County Health District staff on

Vitamin D in Health and Disease. 

Click here to view the full presentation.

    


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New Hours

Monday-Thursday: 8:30-4:00
Friday: 8:30-12:00

LCHD Services Video

LCHD 2015-2018 Strategic Plan

LCHD Emergency Response Plan 2019


Annual Reports

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report


Health Care Provider: Alerts,  Advisories and Information


STD's

The #1 Infectious Disease in most county's, including Logan. For information and help:
https://here4ucentralohio.org


 

 

WE NEED YOU!

What is MRC? - FAQ Link

Registration Form Link

Introduction to MRC 101

 

Boyd C. Hoddinott, MD MPH

Health Commissioner

Concussion Program Presentation

 

The Immunization Story

 

 

In the Spotlight Video Link

 

Click to sign up for Logan County Alert

 

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Office Hours

Monday-Thursday: 8:30-12:00; 1:30-4:00
Friday: 8:30-12:00

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AFTER HOURS

To report public health emergencies

call the Logan County Sheriff's Office

(937) 592-5731

who will contact the 24/7

Administrative On-Call phone

This number is not for the general public,

it is for 1st responders and/or

hospital/government officials.

Link of Reportable Diseases

 

Leave a message  (937) 592-9040

or email: LCHD@loganhealth.org for

non-emergencies.

 

310 South Main Street, Bellefontaine

 

 


 

 



Contact Us: 

PHONE: 937.592.9040

WIC:    937.599.3345

FAX:    937.592.6746

e-mail:  LCHD@loganhealth.org

New Hours

Monday-Thursday: 8:30-4:00
Friday: 8:30-12:00