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West Nile Virus Detected In Richland County

22 Jul , 2022  

From Richland Public Health

Richland Public Health officials have been notified by the Ohio Department of Health that West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Jackson Township.

“To be very clear, this is not a human infection case, but the first positive WNV mosquito samples in Richland County this year,” said Joe Harrod, director of environmental health at Richland Public Health.

Health Department officials will be spraying the WNV positive areas in Jackson Township to discourage transmission of the mosquito-borne illness to residents.

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus where human symptoms are generally mild and often mimic the flu. An at-home COVID-19 Rapid Test may be used to rule out coronavirus as a cause of any illness.

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What To Do When You Test Positive For COVID-19: A Reminder

27 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s a cold and harsh fact that many north central Ohioans are testing positive for COVID-19 each day.

For many, this is not the first time that a family member or other co-resident has had a positive test. Most of us also know someone who has been diagnosed on more than one occasion.

Although we are nearing the two year anniversary of the arrival of the pandemic, it still makes sense to share reminders of precautions to take if that test is for you or someone in your home. To that end, Richland Public Health has reissued a set of guidelines on what to do in such circumstances.

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COVID Foothold Getting Stronger In Richland County

3 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

There continue to be strong indications that even before the expected arrival of yet another variant, that COVID-19’s foothold in Richland County is getting stronger.

Numbers were released Friday by Richland Public Health that corroborates that view.

Among the numbers, which can be seen below for local, state, and national perspectives, the following are striking:

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Richland County Has 369 New COVID Cases In Last Week

19 Nov , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Friday, Richland Public Health provided a regular update on the level of COVID-19 infection in the county. What follows are statistics provided by the agency, with numbers effective on November 19.

The next update will be issued in two weeks, on Friday, December 3.

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Latest COVID Numbers from Richland Public Health

29 Oct , 2021  

On Friday, Richland Public Health shared its most recent update in terms of global, national, state, and local numbers relating to COVID-19

The next update will be released on Friday, November 5.

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Richland Public Health Provides Pandemic Overview

14 Oct , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

RIchland Public Health has released its overview of the COVID-19 pandemic’s local, state, national, and global impact impact. This informational synopsis is provided on select days each month.

The next update will be forthcoming on Friday, October 22.

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COVID Tightens Its Grip On Richland County

25 Sep , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Using almost any measure, the communities in Richland County are in a very difficult place.

Whether you refer to the current rate of COVID-19 infection as a second or a third “wave,” it is certain that the situation has worsened substantially in the last 14 days.

Reported numbers bear this out.

Take, for instance, the number of school students and staff with positive tests over the last week, and compare that number to other locations in Ohio. As we reported on Thursday, Richland County had a total of 267 cases in local schools. Compare this to the number in Delaware County reported by our sister site, 1808Delaware. There, despite a steep rise, the number stood at 130.

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West Nile Virus Detected In Richland County

26 Aug , 2021  

Richland Public Health officials have been notified by the Ohio Department of Health that West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes in Mifflin and Weller Townships.              

“To be very clear, this is not a human infection case, but the first positive WNV mosquito samples in Richland County this year,” Joe Harrod, Director of Environmental Health at Richland Public Health, stated. Health Department officials will be spraying the WNV positive areas in Mifflin and Weller Townships to discourage transmittal of the mosquito-borne illness to residents.  See schedule at the bootm of the page here: https://richlandhealth.org/our-community/mosquitoes/

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This Is Infant Immunization Week

28 Apr , 2021  

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is a yearly observance highlighting the importance of protecting children two years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs).This is that week.

Current Challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused some infants and children to miss or delay routinely recommended vaccinations.

A CDC report (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) released in May 2020 found a troubling drop in routine childhood vaccinations as a result of families staying at home. While families followed public health warnings about going out, an unfortunate result was many missed recommended vaccinations. More…

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COVID-19 Variants Detected In Richland County

24 Mar , 2021  

COVID-19 variants (mutations of COVID-19) have been detected in Mansfield in four COVID-19 positive tests, according to information provided to Richland Public Health from the Ohio Department of Health. Three of the four positive COVID-19 variant cases were from inmates at the Mansfield Correctional Institute.

The variant detected in Richland County is known as B.1.429 and was first detected in California. This coronavirus mutation is known to have a 20% higher transmissibility rate than the original strain.

The four cases detected in Richland County were ages 18, 24, 28, and 64. All four cases were detected by COVID-19 testing conducted between February 15 and February 22. All four cases have recovered. More…

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