Geauga County Public Health Seeks One Board of Health Member

Geauga County residents interested in the management of Geauga County's public health services are invited to apply for appointment to the Geauga Public Health Board. The appointment is a volunteer unpaid public service.

Please see the Geauga County Public Health Announcement to learn more.

Food Safety Alert

Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce. For more information, please visit the following link:

West Nile Virus

The Ohio Department of Health notified the Geauga County Health District that two horses in Geauga County tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).

Please see the West Nile Virus Health Advisory and the West Nile Virus Horse Owners Facts page to learn more. 

Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Warm temperatures and standing water from recent rains are producing perfect mosquito breeding conditions, so please continue your efforts on personal protection and source reduction, including:

Avoid mosquito bites. It is import to prioritize personal protection to protect against mosquito bites.

  • Wear EPA-registered mosquito repellents whenever mosquitoes are present and follow label instructions.
  • Wear long, loose, light-colored clothing.
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside.

Help reduce mosquito breeding around your home. Get rid of potential mosquito breeding sites to help prevent mosquito-borne diseases.

  • Empty standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths.
  • Consider using products containing Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis(Bti), available at many garden and home improvement stores, to control mosquito larvae in containers that are too large to empty. Follow the label instructions.

Taking this steps will protect against mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile Virus, La Crosse virus (LACV), Zika virus, and others.

For information, please see the ODH mosquito website.

Press Release: Interim Health Commissioner

The Geauga County Board of Health has appointed an Interim Health Commissioner. 

Please see the Interim Health Commissioner Press Release to learn more. 

Child and Adolescent Immunization Clinics

Beginning July 1, 2018, clinics will be by appointment only.

Please call (440) 279-1950 to schedule an appointment.

Children with Medicaid will still be accepted as well as children without vaccine coverage through their insurance plan. Insurance and self-pay will no longer be an option for payment after July 1, 2018.

Please visit the Children and Adolescent Vaccination page to learn more.

Friday Morning Adult Vaccine Clients

Beginning July 1, 2018, we will no longer be able to offer vaccines to clients with insurance or those who are self-paying for vaccines. We will continue to offer vaccines for adults with no health insurance, and those who do not have vaccine coverage through their insurance plan. A nominal administration fee is being considered by the Board of Health. Adult walk-in clinics will continue to be offered on the first and third Fridays of each month. TB testing will also be offered at these clinics.

Please visit the Friday Morning Clinics page to learn more.

CDC Health Advisory and Alerts

Get the latest information about ZIKA virus from the CDC.

Get the latest information about ZIKA virus from the Ohio Department of Health.

Local Advisories and Alerts

Please visit the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Website for information about protecting babies from Pertussis (whooping cough).

EPA Public Drinking Water Advisories

Please visit the EPA website for current public drinking water advisories for the state of Ohio

EPA website

Sewage Treatment System Rules Change

This is the legal notice of the adoption of household sewage treatment system (HSTS) rules changes by the Geauga County Board of Health, which includes adoption of the Ohio HSTS rules and sanitary code, several sections of local Geauga County rules, and new HSTS fees. The new Ohio and Geauga County HSTS rules are effective January 2015. The entire Ohio HSTS and sanitary code rules can be reviewed online here.

Fracking's Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources

The EPA released a draft assessment on the potential impacts of fracking activities on drinking water resources in the United States. The assessment shows that while fracking has not yet led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources, there are potential vulnerabilities. EPA also released nine peer-reviewed scientific reports that contributed to the findings outlined in the draft assessment.

Health Status in Geauga County

CDC's Community Health Status Indicators produces public health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the US.

The web-based tool includes updates regarding peer county groups, health status indicators, a summary comparison page, and US Census tract data and indicators for sub-populations (age groups, sex, and race/ethnicity) to identify potential health disparities. All indicators are benchmarked against those of peer counties, the median of all US counties, and Healthy People 2020 targets.

ODH Network of Care provides resources about community health status in all Ohio Counties.

Ohio's Health Value Report

Please read the Health Policy Institute of Ohio's report on health value in Ohio, which includes valuable information on the health status of Ohioans and per capita spending in public and personal health.

Partnership for a Healthy Geauga

Private and public agencies in Geauga County are working together to improve the health of all resident through three strategies:

  1. Increase access and awareness of mental health issues
  2. Increase awareness and treatment options for substance abuse
  3. Increase access to health care

Each strategy has several action steps. Please visit the Partnership for a Healthy GEAUGA website for more information on this important community initiative.

Ohio's Plan to Prevent and Reduce Chronic Disease: 2014-2018

(Chronic Disease Plan) is a five-year, priority-driven guide to prevent and reduce chronic disease in Ohio. It includes cross-cutting objectives to impact the policies, systems and environments influential to chronic disease outcomes and health behavior change. Read the Executive summary here or read the full report here.

Sign up for Geauga Alerts!

In the event of an emergency or severe weather condition - click here to sign up for alerts sent to your phone number by voice, text or email.

Learn more about your own household emergency preparedness plan here

Northeast Ohio Drug Repository prescription assistance program

Available to all Lake and Geauga County residents

Income eligibility:

  • up to $35,010 one-person household
  • $47,190 for a two-person household
  • $59,370 for a three-person household
  • $71,550 for a four-person household
  • Add $12,180 for each additional person in the household

Call (440) 352-1999 for information and to enroll

Prescription for Prevention: Stop the Epidemic


The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has launched a comprehensive education and awareness campaign, known as Prescription for Prevention: Stop the Epidemic, to combat the epidemic of prescription drug overdose and abuse.

Get the Facts:

  • From 1999 to 2010, Ohio’s death rate due to unintentional drug overdose increased 372 percent, and the increase in deaths has been driven largely by prescription drug overdoses.
  • In Ohio, since 2007, there have been more deaths from drug overdose than from motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • There were 327 fatal drug overdoses in 1999 growing to 1,544 deaths in 2010.
  • In Geauga County, there were 21 unintentional drug poisoning deaths between 2006-2010, for a rate of 4.3 per 100,000 deaths as compared to 12.2 rate for all of Ohio.

For more information on the campaign, including tools to help educate local communities, please visit the Healthy Ohio Program website.

For more information on the campaign, including tools to help educate local communities, please visit the Healthy Ohio Program website.

More information on drug abuse trends in Ohio can be found on the surveillance page of the Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network.

An important step every resident can take to prevent these unfortunate deaths is to dispose of unwanted or unneeded prescription drugs in a safe manner.

Unwanted medication disposal is now available at these locations:

  • Bainbridge Police Department, 8553 Bainbridge Road, Chagrin Falls
  • Chester Township Police Department, 12701 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland
  • Geauga County Sheriff's Office, 12450 Merritt Road, Chardon
  • Hunting Valley Police Department, 38251 Fairmount Boulevard, Hunting Valley
  • Middlefield Village Police Department, 14860 North State Avenue, Middlefield
  • Russell Police Department, 14820 Chillicothe Road, Novelty

Locate other unwanted drug drop-off locations here

Geauga County Fairs Well in ODH Unintentional Drug Overdose Death Rates for 2007 - 2013

The Ohio Department of Health has released it unintentional drug death report for the period 2007 - 2012. Geauga County has a crude rate of 13.7 per 100,000 and an age-adjusted rate of 13.9 per 100,000. This is about the same as Ohio as a whole. See the entire state results here.

Currently there are about 5 deaths per day in Ohio due to unintentional drug overdoses, which makes it the leading cause of injury-related deaths, surpassing even motor vehicle accidents, suicide and falls.

The report suggests that opiates and opioids, including all prescription or non-prescription. remain the driving factor behind the unintentional drug overdose epidemic in Ohio with about 2/3 (1,272; 66.5 percent) of the drug overdoses involved any opiate/opioid in 2012, which was similar to 2011 (1,154; 65 percent). (See Table 1) Most of this is the result of prescription drugs, but there has been a sharp increase in heroin-related deaths in 2012. More than half (53.1%) of all overdose deaths were the result of more than one drug.

While Geauga fared well, there certainly is indication that there is work to be done to avoid this upward trend through prevention and intervention efforts, like those currently undertaken by the Geauga County Opiate Task Force.

One way all Geauga County residents can help is the disposal of all unwanted, unneeded, and expired prescription medication through drug take-back programs sponsored by some local pharmacies, police departments, and the Geauga County Sheriff.

As of 4/22/2014 these locations include:

  • Geauga County Sheriff 12450 Merrit Rd. Chardon, OH 44024
  • Russell Police Department 14820 Chillicothe Rd. Novelty, OH 44072
  • Middlefield Village Police Dept 14870 N State St Middlefield, OH 44062

Look up additional locations here

Thinking about quitting smoking?

Tips from Former Smokers is the first federally funded national media campaign on this topic in U.S. history. You can visit the website here.

Direct assistance is available by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

Why Quit Smoking Tobacco Products?

The health benefits of quitting start immediately from the moment of smoking cessation. Quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke.

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IOM and CDC Strategies to reduce obesity

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has outlined five recommendations with the greatest potential to prevent obesity.

Those recommendations come not a moment too soon: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released startling statistics on obesity that predicted 42 percent (or 32 million more people) of the American population would be obese by 2030, while 11 percent would be severely obese. The price tag for the associated health care costs: $550 billion.

The IOM strategies include: integrating physical activity into people's daily lives; making healthy food and beverage choices available everywhere; changing marketing about nutrition and physical activity; using schools to promote healthy weight; and urging employers and health care professionals to support healthy lifestyles.

The committee that wrote the report assessed more than 800 obesity-prevention recommendations and identified those that could be used together most effectively to accelerate obesity prevention.

Specific strategies include:

  • Requiring at least 60 minutes per day of physical education and activity in schools.
  • Creating industry-wide guidelines regarding which foods and beverages can be marketed to children and how the marketing should be done.
  • Taking full advantage of doctors' influence to promote obesity prevention among patients.
  • Increasing the availability of lower-calorie, healthier children's meals in restaurants.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains how to achieve a healthy weight