Ottawa County Monitors COVID-19 Delta Variant

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its interim public health recommendations for limiting the spread of COVID-19 in response to the Delta variant, which is driving an increase in cases across the U.S. In its updated guidance, the CDC recommended that everyone, including fully vaccinated people, wear masks in indoor public settings in communities with substantial or high transmission.

The Ottawa County Health Department, Port Clinton, Ohio, is continuing to monitor the new cases and trends of COVID-19 within Ottawa County. During the month of June, Ottawa County was averaging less than a case per day. This trend continued into the first half of July, as we averaged less than a case per week. In the last 14 days, Ottawa County has averaged almost three new cases per day. While this may not seem like a significant increase to some, it is a trend that we are monitoring very closely as we head into the coming weeks.

Due to the smaller population size of Ottawa County, this increase in cases over the last two weeks currently categorizes us as having substantial transmission in our community.

Visit the CDC tracker at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home to see the most up to date data at the county level in the United States.

In most cases, those who are vaccinated are protected from serious disease and hospitalization, so we continue to urge anyone who can do so to get vaccinated. Getting vaccinated is still the best way to protect yourself against COVID. Adding a mask indoors will help to further protect those in our community who can’t yet get the vaccine, including children under 12 and people with health conditions.

The only way we will defeat this pandemic is by working together. By applying the many tools we have – getting vaccinated, masking, distancing and limiting indoor gatherings – we can limit the spread of COVID in Ottawa County. Everyone has a part to play. By checking our website at ottawahealth.org, as well as our social media, you can stay informed and up to date with the latest information on ways you can protect yourselves and each other form COVID-19.

This aligns with our mission to help the citizens of Ottawa County to live healthier, happier, and longer lives.


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 ottawahealth.org.

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 AND PHASE 2 VACCINATION ELIGIBILITY

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.


How to Make Effective Personal Protective Equipment for COVID-19

Put in Bay Corona VirusThe United States Department of Labor reports, “All personal protective equipment should be safely designed and constructed, and should be maintained in a clean and reliable fashion. It should fit comfortably, encouraging worker use. If the personal protective equipment does not fit properly, it can make the difference between being safely covered or dangerously exposed.”

Dr. Christina DeVincentis and Dr. Theresa DeVincentis, of Charlottesville, Virginia, created the following videos to assist anyone having interest in making personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic.