Highland County Health Department

Highland County Health Department Working to ensure a healthy community and a clean environment for Highland County, Ohio.

Operating as usual

08/27/2021

Looking for a COVID-19 Test in a doctor’s office? Below are a list of some of the providers in Highland County offering COVID-19 Testing.

Adena Urgent Care- 937.393.7630
Health Source of Ohio – 937.393.5781
Highland Family Healthcare – 937.393.4899
Highland Family Medicine – 937.840.9150
Physicians for Women – 937.393.3406
Lynchburg Medical Center – 937.364.2346
Greenfield Medical Services – 937.981.1121
Rocky Fork Medical Center – 937.402.5491
Roman Family Healthcare- 937.981.2880
West Main Urgent Care – 937.393.3300


Looking for an at home COVID -19 Test kit?

**REMINDER--- ALL at Home Covid-19 Home tests must be proctored by a physician. Many of theses can be proctored online, thru an app on your phone or on a computer.

**If this test is NOT proctored by a physician, the Highland County Health Department cannot issue work/ school excuses.

**PLEASE CALL THESE LOCATIONS Before going.

Highland County Library- Hillsboro Location – 937.393.3114
Highland County Library- Greenfield Location – 937.981.3772
Highland County Library- Lynchburg Location – 937.364.2511
Highland County Library- Leesburg Location – 937.780.7295
Highland County Library- Rocky Fork Location – 937.661.6866
Highland County Community Action- Hillsboro Location –937.393.3458
Highland County Community Action- Greenfield Location – 937.981.9718


Do you know of other locations with COVID-19 tests? Drop those places below!

Today, our Care-A-Van will not be running--- but we will have a Walk-in Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic in our office from 8am-4...
08/26/2021

Today, our Care-A-Van will not be running--- but we will have a Walk-in Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic in our office from 8am-4pm.
(1487 N. High Street Suite 400 Hillsboro, Ohio)

Today, our Care-A-Van will not be running--- but we will have a Walk-in Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic in our office from 8am-4pm.
(1487 N. High Street Suite 400 Hillsboro, Ohio)

Reminder— the Abbott Binax Now Covid-19 Home tests must be proctored by a physician on the NAVICA App from the Google Pl...
08/25/2021

Reminder— the Abbott Binax Now Covid-19 Home tests must be proctored by a physician on the NAVICA App from the Google Play Store, or the App Store. If this test is NOT proctored by a physician, the Highland County Health Department cannot issue work/ school excuses.

Great turnout today for our 1st Drive-Thru Vaccine Clinic! We were able to vaccinate 47 individuals. Big shout out to ou...
08/25/2021

Great turnout today for our 1st Drive-Thru Vaccine Clinic! We were able to vaccinate 47 individuals.

Big shout out to our Director of Nursing, Bonnie and Dave, Highland County Emergency Management Agency Director for helping us make this event so successful!

08/25/2021

Todays Update:

COVID-19 Numbers
County case counts continue to increase. Our 7-day sum of new cases per 100,000 is currently 382. Our actual active case count is up to 165 cases up through 8/23. Due to the increase in active COVID-19 cases, you can expect delays in HCHD getting quarantine / isolation letters emailed.


School Superintendents, Boards of Education, School Staff, and Parents of Students,

Highland County is seeing one of the highest rates we have seen of COVID-19 cases in the community and in our schools. Both school staff and students are getting sick in increasing numbers, and many cases can be directly tied to exposures occurring in the school setting. We have seen several examples of COVID-19 being taken home from school and infecting other households. Several school nurses have remarked that they have seen more close contacts in the schools become symptomatic this year, which is not something that was often observed last year. While anecdotal, this information from our school nurses is concerning.

We need to give ourselves the best possible chance to stay in person and at school this year. The Highland County Health Department is strongly recommending that you implement a universal masking requirement for all schools in Highland County. Additionally, I recommend pausing all group sports practices for 2-weeks. Indoor events should be rescheduled where possible.

The final decision belongs to your school system, but I ask you and your school parents to consider the impact that this decision also has in our community. I don’t want my kids to be in masks any more than you do, but we are now looking at one of the highest rate of infection that this county has ever seen from COVID-19, and we owe it to our vulnerable individuals and our healthcare system to do our part at controlling the rate of disease spread in Highland County. This is going to upset some people, but it is the right thing for us to do for our community.

Sincerely,
Jared Warner, MEM, RS
Highland County Health Commissioner

Today is the day!HCHD will be hosting our DRIVE-THRU Covid Vaccine Clinic TODAY from 9am-12pm at The Liberty Park in Hil...
08/25/2021

Today is the day!

HCHD will be hosting our DRIVE-THRU Covid Vaccine Clinic TODAY from 9am-12pm at The Liberty Park in Hillsboro Ohio.

*****Due to our staff working at this event, our office will be CLOSED today from 8am-1pm. *****

This clinic will be for individuals 12 years and up.
We will be offering Pfizer and Moderna.
This will be a DRIVE-THRU clinic.
See map below, and follow the signs.
💥1st and 2nd doses for all individuals 12 and up
💥3rd doses for immunocompromised individuals-- People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

The Highland County Health Department has had recent conversations with Adena Greenfield Medical Center and Highland Dis...
08/24/2021

The Highland County Health Department has had recent conversations with Adena Greenfield Medical Center and Highland District Hospital. A major concern of both Adena and HDH is people are coming to the Emergency Departments in order to have COVID-19 testing done.
Please help us spread the word the Emergency Departments are for Emergencies only!

If you need a Covid-19 Test kit, reach out to any of the following:
* Urgent Care
* Your Family Doctor
* Highland County Community Action
* All of the Highland County Libraries

PLEASE, help us keep the Emergency Department for true Emergencies!!

Please share this to help us get the word out!
Thank you!

The Highland County Health Department has had recent conversations with Adena Greenfield Medical Center and Highland District Hospital. A major concern of both Adena and HDH is people are coming to the Emergency Departments in order to have COVID-19 testing done.
Please help us spread the word the Emergency Departments are for Emergencies only!

If you need a Covid-19 Test kit, reach out to any of the following:
* Urgent Care
* Your Family Doctor
* Highland County Community Action
* All of the Highland County Libraries

PLEASE, help us keep the Emergency Department for true Emergencies!!

Please share this to help us get the word out!
Thank you!

These next fews days are going to be extremely hot!! ☀️It's important to drink lots of water!This is a great chart showi...
08/24/2021

These next fews days are going to be extremely hot!! ☀️
It's important to drink lots of water!

This is a great chart showing what to look for and what to do for Heat Stroke, Heat Exhaustion, Heat Cramps, Sunburn, and Heat Rash.

Stay safe out there this week, Highland County!

These next fews days are going to be extremely hot!! ☀️
It's important to drink lots of water!

This is a great chart showing what to look for and what to do for Heat Stroke, Heat Exhaustion, Heat Cramps, Sunburn, and Heat Rash.

Stay safe out there this week, Highland County!

HCHD will be hosting a DRIVE-THRU Covid Vaccine Clinic on Wednesday August 25, 2021 from 9am-12pm. This clinic will be f...
08/23/2021

HCHD will be hosting a DRIVE-THRU Covid Vaccine Clinic on Wednesday August 25, 2021 from 9am-12pm. This clinic will be for individuals 12 years and up. We will be offering Pfizer and Moderna. This will be a DRIVE-THRU clinic. See map below, and follow the signs.
💥1st and 2nd doses for all individuals 12 and up
💥3rd doses for immunocompromised individuals-- People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

This event is weather permitting. Follow Highland County Health Department's page for up-to date information.

08/20/2021
The Highland County Care-A-Van will NOT be running today. We will have a Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic at our office TODAY, fr...
08/19/2021

The Highland County Care-A-Van will NOT be running today.

We will have a Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic at our office TODAY, from 8am-4pm.
1487 N. High Street Suite 400 Hillsboro.

The Highland County Care-A-Van will NOT be running today.

We will have a Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic at our office TODAY, from 8am-4pm.
1487 N. High Street Suite 400 Hillsboro.

8/18/2021 COVID-19 UpdateThis update is a long one and has a little more editorial content than normal.  Fair warning.CO...
08/18/2021

8/18/2021 COVID-19 Update

This update is a long one and has a little more editorial content than normal. Fair warning.

COVID-19 Numbers
County case counts continue to increase. Our 7-day sum of new cases per 100,000 is currently 229. Our actual active case count is up to 167 cases up through 8/17. Today our nurses have already added an additional 37 new cases that aren’t included in our total case counts reported in our chart today.

According to New York Times analysis, we are averaging roughly 14 new cases a day over the last week.

Hospitalizations continue to increase, and this is one of the key numbers that we watch in SW Ohio.

A Facebook commentor recently posted a breakdown of the percentage of our current active cases in our population, in an attempt, I think, to downplay the seriousness of COVID-19. I normally don’t respond to these types of posts, but I worry that this type of mindset might be common in Highland County. It really demonstrates a poor understanding of our medical system and its limitations.

Healthcare system bed and staffing capacity is a serious limiting factor in our response to COVID-19. Most healthcare systems operate near capacity in a normal, non-COVID-19 year. This is understandable, as building and maintaining empty hospital rooms is not usually good business practice. When we have a bus crash, a natural disaster, or a widespread disease outbreak, it can take very little time to overwhelm our medical systems with sick or injured patients. Our healthcare staff are very good at adding capacity and reassigning staff to cover medical surge, but there is only so much they can do with the space and staff available before their ability to provide care is impacted.

We have reports from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and other states this week that show their highest ever number of COVID-19 hospitalizations. Texas is reporting less than 10% ICU capacity in 19 out of 22 healthcare facilities in the state. 15 of those facilities are at 5% or less of ICU capacity. This is the kind of thing that we don’t want to see in Ohio.

Prevention is a cornerstone of what public health does. When we see other states experiencing their largest ever surge of hospitalizations, we all need to take a moment and ask ourselves how we can avoid going down that same path in Ohio. And we need to understand that any action taken today won’t really be felt until weeks later. It takes a while to turn things around.

This is why there is much more at play here than just the current percentage of sick people compared to our overall population.

Vaccine Update – Current Rates, 3rd Dose, and Future Boosters
Highland County has started vaccinations in 31.7% of our community. Ohio’s vaccination rate is 50.7%.

CDC announced recommendations late last week for a 3rd dose of vaccine for people who are moderately or seriously immunocompromised. This includes people who are undergoing active cancer treatment, stem cell treatments, have recently had an organ transplant, and other individuals with conditions that impact their immune system. If you think you might be one of these individuals, please contact your healthcare provider and see if they are recommending a 3rd dose. The health department cannot tell you whether you meet the definition for the third dose recommendation.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html?fbclid=IwAR0QjxXEN52Uc3yWXFw-HBtM8iTCFSbrygzJeTsUs2rBvHomMHFyDLNe4TA

CDC has been discussing the potential need for booster vaccine doses as a way to increase protection from Delta and other future COVID-19 variants. I don’t have much information on this currently, other than discussions are ongoing. This is a different topic from the recommendation for 3rd dose vaccines for immunocompromised people.

One major factor in the conversation about booster doses is whether it is ethical to be providing booster doses in the US when much of the world has still not had significant access to first dose vaccines. The World Health Organization recently called for a delay in any booster doses until more of the developing world had vaccine access, so this may influence how booster doses are handled in the US.

Much more to come on this topic. There is no need right now to call and schedule any booster doses for the general public. In other words, please don’t call the health department about additional vaccine doses unless you are in the immunocompromised group mentioned earlier.

Drive Thru COVID-19 Clinic
In order to support any immunocompromised individuals looking for a third dose, the health department is going to be holding a drive thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic on August 25th from 9AM to 12PM at Liberty Park. This clinic is open to anyone interested in COVID-19 vaccines, but is especially aimed at people who are at higher risk of infection. We hope that a drive thru event will make it a little safer for these folks. More flyers and information will be released separately.

Risk Perception = Hazard + Outrage
And finally, I have been thinking a lot this past week about crisis communication and how we can encourage our community to act on public health’s best advice for protecting themselves. This train of thought eventually led me back to some of my old crisis communication training materials from my previous career as a public health emergency planner.

Dr. Peter Sandman is an expert in crisis communication. He literally wrote the book on crisis communication. He provides some very interesting insight on the factors that influence a person’s risk perception. Sandman explains that people do not generally assess risk based solely on the technical seriousness of an issue. Instead, people tend to look at risk based on factors like trust, control, voluntariness, dread, and familiarity. He describes this as: Risk Perception = Hazard + Outrage.

All the way back in 1993, Sandman laid out these main factors for risk perception and outrage. I find it very interesting that these key factors also seem to outline the main reasons that people have chosen not to get vaccinated or chosen stances against mask use and other prevention strategies. People have expressed mistrust in the government and are angry about their lack of control (both their ability to control how COVID-19 affects our community and the lack of control in how the government sets policy). People are angry about mandates for masks and vaccines, and the loss of their ability to voluntarily make these choices. Many people have dread about both the future impact of COVID-19 and the future impact of political policies that are being made in response to COVID-19. And finally, COVID-19 is still pretty new, and so our perception of risk is greatly impacted by the fact that none of us have ever done this before.

Trust, control, voluntariness, dread, and familiarity are all factors that weigh in on how individuals in our community perceive risk, and these factors impact our levels of outrage and anger. This kind of risk communication discussion might be boring to some of our readers, but I find it a fascinating insight into how people make decisions in an emergency and a useful structure for defining why some people choose to follow public health recommendations, and others do not.

Why bother to talk about the technical side of risk communication, does this stuff really matter? Is anyone other than my mom going to be willing to read this far?

It matters because our health department wants to inform our community effectively and encourage people to follow our best available advice to protect their health. We need to find ways to directly address the reasons why people get outraged and why they stop listening to our top medical and public health experts. Addressing these key factors in risk perception and outrage is the only way that we will make any progress as a health department in encouraging people to follow public health recommendations.

Interesting food for thought as Highland County continues to be one of the lowest vaccinated counties in Ohio.

- Jared Warner, Health Commissioner

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1487 N High St Ste 400
Hillsboro, OH
45133

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Tuesday 8am - 4pm
Wednesday 8am - 5:30pm
Thursday 8am - 4pm
Friday 8am - 4pm

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(937) 393-1941

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Kudos to the staff for a very efficient and well run program! I was there today and very impressed. Thank you all for such a pleasant experience!
Are covid shots free?
On the front page of The Highland co Press today were pictures of our community leaders and others. 15 people were not wearing masks or social distancing. Why are they disregarding guidelines??? Is it any wonder C o v I d. Is spreading????
Greenfield times is saying that it was announced that they have confirmed Corona in Greenfield school ,I've not seen this anywhere else ?
Why are families at some nursing homes being restricted from visiting their loved ones? If all involved wear masks, have temperatures taken, what is the harm? Being deprived of visits, not being looked after by family, feeling abandoned, these are making our elderly population suffer. Something needs to change!
I have a question and it is not about Covid19. I hope this is allowed.. The Flu Shot/Vaccine How long does it last? Is it too early to get one? Can you get more than one in a year? Do you get sick after you get it? Is the shot/Vaccine the same at every location?( from Dr. to store)/ Thank you.
Really nice job at ball park. This evening. Shoulder to shoulder. No distancing. Very few mask.
Yep. Very 1st day. Guys lined up at up town barber shop. Shoulder to shoulder. No distancing or face covering. Yes. This is going to go well
How many tests have been done in Highland County?
Highland County : The Health Department can mandate “no shirt, no shoes, no admittance.” Please include “no mask, no admittance.” We know that will slow the spread and save lives.
What about federally free testing at Romans???
hav been trying 2 call health dept & # keeps saying disconnected. no this is not about the virus,want 2 know about levy on the up coming ballot!