The Island in Bloom

The Island in Bloom, by Amanda Downey

Take a moment to notice the new daffodils &  tulips coming alive once again.  The spring sun awakening their bloom.  Oh, the familiar yellow colors of the Gold Forsythia Shrubs just as bright as a golden finch.

And the Dogwoods coming to life with their lovely white weeping petals.  As the earth laughs in flowers, remember to stop and smell the roses every now and then.  Enjoy the sunshine, the birds chirping a new song for the day.

Stop and notice the beauty all around you, in full bloom.  How lovely the silence is of growing things.

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.”  -Gerard De Nerwal






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.