Health District launches new website


Staff Reports



DELAWARE – The Delaware General Health District launched their newly designed website Sept. 19, offering residents an easier, more user -friendly way of viewing the wide variety of public health services.

The Health District’s services and programs are listed into three separate categories:

Clinic Services, Community Services and Licensing Services.

Under Clinic Services you can access several programs that clinic staff offer to residents, such as immunizations, communicable disease investigations, newborn home visiting and other similar services.

Community Services includes a large number of education programs in addition to birth and death certificates and community health data.

Licensing Services is where you can access a specific type of license or permit, whether it be from the food protection and public safety unit or from the residential services unit. This page also provides information about plumbing permits, solid waste and other environmental services.

“In addition to its aesthetic value, our new website simplifies the way users access information,” said Health District public information officer Traci Whittaker. “The main way this was accomplished was by making the site mobile – friendly.”

The Health District worked with local marketing group Holony Media to Residents are invited to view the new website at DelawareHealth.org.

Community health surveying to begin

In the next several weeks, nearly 3,600 adults living in Delaware County will be receiving a health survey by mail through The Partnership for a Healthy Delaware County (The Partnership) as part of the Delaware General Health District’s community health assessment process.

The Partnership is working closely with the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio to conduct the survey.

Residents will be randomly selected to participate in surveys divided into two age groups, including parents of children under 11 years and adults 19 years and older.

The anonymous survey asks participants to answer questions about general health, risk and protective health factors and access to health care. These answers will create a snapshot of the health of Delaware County adults and children. The results will guide many public and private agencies in their program planning over the next several years by identifying key health problems.

The Partnership asks residents who receive this health survey to please complete it and send it back as soon as possible. Survey answers are anonymous and confidential.

The survey is funded by the Delaware General Health District, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital and United Way of Delaware County.

The Partnership is a group of agency directors, organizations, businesses and residents representing multiple sectors of Delaware County – from healthcare to business and industry to the schools to churches.

For more information about this survey or The Partnership please contact Lori Kannally at lkannally@delawarehealth.org or call 740-368-1700.

More traps test positive for West Nile Virus

The Delaware General Health District informed residents in Marlboro Township and the village of Radnor that mosquito fogging occurred Monday Sept. 18 as a result of collection traps testing positive for West Nile virus.

Weather permitting, the Heath District’s Residential Services Unit will fog in the following areas:

  • Radnor: north of Gallant Road, south of Watkins Road, west of Hedley Road and east of River Road.
  • Marlboro Township: directly south of the Delaware County line, west of Delaware Lake Reservoir and east of Section Line Road.

In addition, fogging was canceled Sept. 13 because of the continued rain. Fogging resumed Sept. 14 in Harlem, Kingston and Scioto Townships as well as the village of Ostrander after traps this week also tested positive for West Nile virus.

Exact fogging zones are located on the mosquito page of DelawareHealth.org.

Updated fogging plans will be announced on DelawareHealth.org and on the Health District’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Any resident who does not want their property sprayed is asked to call the Health District at 740-368-1700 and request to be placed on the no-fog list.

All residents are urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

The most effective prevention is to dump standing water where mosquitoes breed. Make sure your property is free of stagnant water in flower pots, bird baths, tarps, gutters and other places where it can collect.

Avoid going outdoors in the morning and the evening when mosquitoes are most active. If you do go out, wear light-colored, long-sleeved clothing and apply mosquito repellant that contains DEET or Picaridin.

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Information for this story was provided by Traci Whittaker.

Information for this story was provided by Traci Whittaker.