Ottawa County Updates COVID-19 Vaccine Schedule

Ottawa County is set to receive over 1,200 doses of COVID-19 vaccines through next week which is meant for the Ottawa County residents.  Both the Ottawa County Health Department and Magruder Hospital have been working diligently together to vaccinate the oldest populations first and work our way down to vaccinate all that are eligible in accordance to phase 1B, as directed by Governor DeWine.  While Ottawa County leads the state of Ohio in percentage of its population vaccinated at 18.49%, we are aware that we still have a long way to go.  Our plan is to finish vaccinating those that are registered and eligible under phase 1B in the next couple of weeks and start vaccinating those that qualify under phase 1C and phase 2 shortly after.  If you have registered through the health department to receive a vaccine and have not been contacted by either Magruder Hospital or the Ottawa County Health Department, please contact the health department at 419-734-6800 and select Option 2, or Magruder Hospital at 419-301-4304 to schedule an appointment.  If you are unsure if you qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine in the next phase, please see the eligibility criteria below.

Beginning today, the Ottawa County Health Department and Magruder Hospital are happy to announce that we will be moving to a new way to schedule your vaccine appointment.  This new system will allow you to schedule your own appointment at one of our future clinics, which will be announced as we receive vaccine. This link will be made available starting later today and can be found at

We are also in the process of finalizing our plans for vaccine distribution to homebound individuals. If you are homebound or know someone who is homebound in Ottawa County, please contact the health department at 419-734-6800 –select Option 1.


Phase 1C: Medical Groups

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Pregnant women
  • Bone marrow transplant recipients
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

Phase 1C: Occupations

Childcare Services

Administrators, lead and assistant teachers, and substitutes who are enrolled in Ohio’s Professional Registry who are currently working in open childcare and pre-kindergarten programs.

  • Licensing specialists employed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services or county job and family services agencies.

This phase does not include parent volunteers, board members, or owners/administrators that do not provide in-classroom supports.

Funeral Services

  • Embalmers/morticians, funeral home directors, crematory operators, and apprentices.

Law Enforcement and Corrections Officers

Phase 2: 60 years and older

We appreciate the patience of our community as we work hard to serve and protect you during this pandemic.

Black Squirrel B&B Offers Top Notch Put-in-Bay Haven

Looking for the perfect Put-in-Bay vacation?  Black Squirrel Bed & Breakfast puts you in the island frame of mind with all the AMENITIES that make visiting South Bass Island a unique and special time away.                           acorndividerf.png

Now Taking Reservations for the 2021 Season
Again for 2021, we are offering our off-season rates until 6/15/20. Sun-Thurs is $100 per night plus tax for two persons. Enjoy the quiet time on PIB!  Got a group? Fill the house and your third day will be discounted.

We hope you join us in 2021. Feel free to give us a call at 419-285-7181 or look us up on your phone’s search engine and just press the call button. Our email address is


Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce Hires New Executive Director

Welcome Wendy Chambers to the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau!

Wendy brings 20 years of experience to the island as the former director of the Bowling Green, Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Chambers was dedicated to making Bowling Green a destination for tourism, conferences, and events. She was a graduate of the first class of the Ohio Travel Association’s Leadership Academy in Columbus and was successful in making Bowling Green the destination for the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA), National Family Motor Coach Convention, International Jugglers Convention, Antique Motorcycle Rally, motorcoach tours, and the King Midget Car Jamboree scheduled for summer 2021.

Within the community, Chambers helped to organize many successful tourism-based events including an annual Foodways Expo, Be a Tourist in Your Own Town and A Toast To Tourism which was held during National Tourism Week. She worked closely with Bowling Green State University and other community venues to recruit and welcome guests like the Ohio Special Olympics, United Brethren Convention, Ohio Town & Gown Convention, the Elk’s Bowling Tournament and A Taste of Home. She also supported and assisted with annual events like the Holiday Parade, BG Soccer Challenge, Carter Park baseball tournaments, Buckeye Boys State, National Tractor Pull, Black Swamp Arts Festival, Classics on Main Car Show, and Firefly Nights. Most notably, Wendy was instrumental in the evolution of BG Winterfest Chillabration, which has evolved into a notable community-wide winter event that attracts more visitors each year.  Her dedication to promoting Bowling Green was recognized in 2013 with the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce I Love BG award.

Chambers has served on many community boards including the Wood County Historical Society, Wood County Airport, BG Chamber of Commerce, BG Economic Development, BG City Schools PTO and Foundation Board, and the American Cancer Society. She is currently a board member of the Zonta Club of BG and member of the BG Exchange Club.  Chambers leaves many legacies throughout the BG community including her part in the historic district street signs as part of the BG Leadership class of 2003, BGSU Visitor Center, mentor to many student interns and practicums, and the formation of the Rossford Convention & Visitors Bureau, culminating in the Think BG Ohio city-wide branding adopted by our community.

Wendy grew up in Woodville, Ohio and is the daughter of Roger & Phyllis Weber. She is married to Terry Chambers and she has two sons Bret and Ryan Stram. Her newest additions to the family are Lily and Lu her grey tabby kittens.  Wendy is extremely excited to become a part of the Put-in-Bay community and learn the ways of the Island. She is ready to get started and is looking forward to meeting all of you and your businesses in the days to come.

Native Trees and Plants Available through Lake Erie Islands Conservancy

Want some trees and plants native to the island or your yard or home? Attached is an order form for Lake Erie Islands Conservancy annual Native Plant and Tree Sale. We are working with Natives in Harmony and Riverside Native Trees to bring you a selection to attract wildlife to your yard. Order trees and new wildflower kits from us, call Gale at Natives in Harmony to get your order in for other native plants. We will take orders until April 15,  but order early to assure your picks are in stock. Spring is around the corner!

LEIC Tree-Plant Order Form 2021