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Delaware General Health District Continues To Offer School Flu Clinics

Heath District advises parents to not wait to vaccinate

DELAWARE, Oh. – The Delaware General Health District is notifying parents of students participating in [Read more…]

Health District Receives Second Report of Rabid Bat


Delaware General Health District


The Delaware General Health District received another report of a bat testing positive for rabies this week from the Ohio Department of Health. This marks the second notification in a month that a bat has tested positive for the disease.

The deceased bat was discovered Tuesday on North Franklin Street in Delaware. The home’s occupants were advised to consult their physician about possible precautionary treatments against rabies because of potential exposure to the bat. The first positive bat was located on Granville Street in Sunbury.

All residents should be aware of potential exposure even if a bite from a rabid bat has not occurred. For example, if you awaken and find a bat in your room, see a bat in the room of an unattended child or see a bat near a mentally impaired or intoxicated person, seek medical advice and contact the Health District to have the bat tested.

All area residents are reminded to take precautions against rabies by making sure all pets have up-to-date rabies vaccinations and avoiding contact with wild animals, particularly if they are behaving strangely.

If you find a bat inside your home, shut it inside an unoccupied room. Approach it slowly while wearing heavy gloves and place a box or coffee can over it. Slide a piece of cardboard under the container to trap the bat inside. Tape the cardboard to the container securely, and punch holes in the cardboard, allowing the bat to breath. Contact the Health District to make arrangements for rabies testing.

Residents are asked to contact the Delaware General Health District if they are exposed to any bat. In addition, rabies test submissions should be routed through the Health District to ensure proper follow-up is performed with all people who may have been potentially exposed. Visit or call 740-368-1700 for more information.

Source: DGHD press release

May 19 – May 25 is Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week

The Delaware General Health District recognizes May 19-25 as Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week (RWII) and encourages swimmers and pool operations to focus on ensuring everyone has a healthy and safe swimming experience this summer.

To further this effort, registered sanitarians with the DGHD Food Protection and Public Safety Unit will be at the county’s YMCA centers next week to provide information on RWII, engage in some fun activities and enter participants into a raffle drawing for a swimming-inspired gift basket. Dates and times include:

Tuesday May 20 from 5-7 p.m. at Liberty Township/Powell YMCA Thursday May 22 from 9-11 a.m. at Delaware YMCA

Recreational water illnesses (RWIs) are caused by germs spread by having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks, water play areas, interactive fountains, lakes or rivers. Diarrhea is the most common RWI, and it is often caused by germs like Crypto (short for Cryptosporidium), Giardia, norovirus, Shigella, and E. coli O157:H7.

Despite having filtration and chlorination, water in swimming pools, water parks, splash pads and hot tubs can still become contaminated with RWIs. The key to preventing many RWIs is making sure only clean human bottoms enter the water. Everyone – swimmers, pool personnel and especially parents of toddlers and young children – needs to take the following precautions to help pool operators keep feces out of swimming pools:

Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea.

Take bathroom breaks every 60 minutes.

Check diapers every 30-60 minutes and change diapers away from the water.

Do not drink the water or sit on the water jets.

For additional information, contact the Delaware General Health District’s Food Protection and Public Safety Unit at 740-368-1700 or visit

Source: DGHD press release

Life Saving Click it or Ticket Campaign to Kick off May 15

Delaware County law enforcement and the Delaware General Health District’s Safe Communities Coalition want to remind motorist to buckle up as they take to the roads to celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend. Law enforcement officials across the county will be ensuring that everyone buckles up as part of the national Click It or Ticket mobilization that runs May 19 – June 1.


Thursday May 15 at 10:00 a.m.

B.S.T. & G. Fire District Station

350 W. Cherry Street

Sunbury, Ohio

This year’s Click It or Ticket campaign kick-off will include a message from Paula Ruzika. In 2012, her son, 17-year old Kenneth Ruzika, was a passenger in a car that crashed on Mill Run Crossing in Delaware. Kenneth was killed as a result of not wearing his seat belt. Paula uses Kenneth’s story to promote the importance of wearing a seat belt and how one simple step can prevent the tragedy of losing a loved one. Kenneth was a Sunbury native and was studying to be a firefighter at the Delaware Area Career Center.

According to new data released from the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatalities are up nationwide for the first time in five years. In 2012, 10,335 people who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belts. NHTSA data also details how more traffic vehicle deaths occur at night. In 2012, 61 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed during the nighttime hours of 6:00 p.m. – 5:59 a.m. were not wearing their seat belts.

Safe Communities coalition members along with representatives with several local law enforcement agencies, fire departments and safety organizations will also be present at the kick-off event.

Delaware General Health District release


The Delaware Ohio Daily Saturday, May 3, 2014

Delaware Ohio News, Featured Stories, and Some Miscellany for the Day

Local News

Delaware General Health District: DGHD Investigating One Suspected Case of Measles

Photo from last night’s truck/bridge accident: West Central Avenue Blocked at Railroad Trestle

Central Ohio News

Fox 28: Tiger Woods Might Miss The Memorial Tournament

Marion Star: Troopers prepare for buzzed drivers on Cinco de Mayo

Ohio News

USA Today: Ohio teen takes great-grandmother to her first prom

National News

My Plain Once-great racehorses find happy home on KY farm     

CNN:  MERS makes first U.S. appearance, in Indiana


NBC News: MH370 –  ‘Owe It to the Families’: Search for Jet May Take Up to a Year


Foxsports:  Dale Jr. getting married at Daytona?

AP: California Chrome sets gold standard for Derby

Thought for the day

“There are two types of education… One should teach us how to make a living, And the other how to live.”
John Adams  (from Good

Word of the day

Walk – probably the oldest form of transportation

What Our Writers Wrote

Hannah Kern: Don’t Miss Out On This Musical Extravaganza

Of Interest To Us

Hollywood Reporter: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Teaming Up for Mystery Movie Project

Top 10 list!

Rant Sports:  10 Athletes Who Aged Poorly

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Tune of The Day

Eagles – Take it easy 1977

Advertiser of the Day

Amato’s Wood Fired Pizza – 6 S. Sandusky St., Delaware OH (740) 369-8797

April 26 – May 3, 2014 is Infant Immunization Week

The Delaware General Health District recognizes April 26 – May 3 as National Infant Immunization Week – an initiative created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to raise awareness about the importance of protecting children from vaccine-preventable diseases.

The routine childhood immunization program remains one of the most cost-effective prevention programs in public health. Vaccines are held to the highest standard of safety. The United States currently has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in history. Years of testing are required by law before a vaccine can be licensed. Once in use, vaccines are continually monitored for safety and effectiveness.

Myths and misinformation regarding vaccinations continue to cause concern for parents. A common myth is that most of the vaccine-preventable diseases are not in existence anymore. This is proven untrue as the Health District continues to investigate a growing number of mumps cases.

“Outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in unvaccinated and under-vaccinated groups are a real cause for concern,” DGHD director of nursing Joyce Richmond said. “Vaccine-preventable diseases may return if high immunization rates are not maintained. Not vaccinating and having a child get a serious disease is not a risk worth taking.”

Richmond added that even when diseases are rare in the U.S., they can be brought into the country putting unvaccinated children at risk. Some diseases, such as measles, continue to be brought into the U.S. by unvaccinated people who get infected overseas. For this reason, high vaccine coverage is critical for preventing outbreaks and protecting infants who are too young to get vaccinated.

Giving babies the recommended immunizations by age two is the best way to protect them from serious childhood diseases, like whooping cough, measles and mumps. DGHD encourages parents to talk to their child’s doctor to ensure their infant is up-to-date on immunizations or call the Health District clinic at 740-203-2040 for more information.


1st annual Celebrating Seniors event

The Stepping Up to Prevent Falls Coalition and the Delaware General Health District will present the 1st annual Celebrating Seniors event on May 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City of Delaware Mingo Recreation Complex.

All older adults in the area are invited to attend this free event that promises to provide an interactive day that focuses on safety, health and community. Activities include AAA CarFit checks, balance and hearing screenings, prescription drug disposal and information on scams and identify theft. In addition, attendees will have a chance to chat with area wellness vendors, take in exercise and balance demonstrations and get connected with a variety of resources in Delaware County.

This event will occur on the first day of Older Americans Month, which recognizes older Americans for their many contributions and spreads awareness on healthy living and injury prevention. In an effort to help reduce fall-related injuries, the Stepping Up to Prevent Falls Coalition led by the Health District works together to bring this awareness to the Delaware County community.

The coalition is made up of different agencies in and around Delaware County, including the Health District, the Council for Older Adults, Liberty Township Fire Department, Delaware County EMS, DATA Bus, Grady Memorial Hospital, Ohio Health Association, Willow Brook Christian Community, Arbors at Delaware, Delaware YMCA, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, Arthritis Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio Parkinson Society, Westerville Senior Center and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

The mission of the coalition is to reduce falls and fall-related injuries through community collaboration, awareness, education and evidenced-based interventions. It is the vision of the members to see older Ohioans have fewer falls and fall-related injuries maximizing their independence and quality of life.

For more information on the Celebrating Seniors event, contact DGHD adult injury prevention coordinator Mitchell Briant at 740-203-2054 or by email at


Registration Now Open For Stand Up Leadership Training Camp

All Delaware County high school teens are invited to attend the 2014 STAND UP Leadership Training Camp March 22-23. [Read more…]

Delaware General Health District Taking Appointments for Mobile Mammography Screenings

The Delaware General Health District is now taking appointments for mammogram screenings with the James Mobile Mammography Unit on Dec. 17 at Buehler’s.

The mobile unit will be on site from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the store’s location of 800 W. Central Ave. in Delaware. To make an appointment, call the Delaware General Health District Clinic at 740-203-2040.

The screening process is recommended annually for women over the age of 40. To be eligible you must not be pregnant or nursing, have no symptoms and never had breast cancer. You must be at least 35 years of age to have a mammogram. Women between the ages of 35 and 39 must have a written prescription from their doctor.

Mammograms are performed in the mobile unit in private by specially trained female technologists and interpreted by board-certified expert radiologists. The screening process takes about 10 minutes. Medicare and most insurance plans cover the cost of the service. If Medicare or insurance is not available, please call the Health District for other assistance in getting a mammogram. Women without insurance coverage who wish to pay privately will need to provide $105 at the time of their appointment.