Logan County Health District


"Champions of a safe and healthy community"







Fall Prevention Program (SOLID GROUND) begins in Logan County

Falls Prevention Program Press Release






The Logan County Community Health (Needs) Assessment report has been released. 


A community health (needs) assessment is a collaborative process of collecting and analyzing data and information for use in educating and mobilizing communities, developing priorities, finding or using resources in different ways, adopting or revising policies, and planning actions to improve the population’s health.


The top priorities identified are:

  • Mental Health – suicide, depression, anxiety
  • Substance Abuse -  heroin, opiates
  • Healthy Living – preventing chronic diseases through diet and fitness
  • Resources and Awareness – more effective communication

Community coalitions will continue to work on ways to address the issues in high risk areas by strengthening family values, using peer support and increasing youth connectedness. If you are a champion of a safe and healthy community you may contact the Logan County Health District by calling (937) 592-9040 or Mary Rutan Hospital Community Relations at (937) 599-7003 to get involved.

Logan County Community Needs Assessment for 2015 - Summary Report

Logan County Community Needs Assessment for 2015 - Detail Report



AUGUST is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

August Breastfeeding Awareness Press Release

Breastfeeding 101

10 Steps to successful breastfeeding

Examiner's Breastfeeding article

WIC : Breastfeeding Support from National WIC Association on Vimeo.

The WIC Program provides breastfeeding support to moms with lactation consultants, classes, peer groups and phone hotlines.
The National WIC Association invites you to learn more at WICturns40.org.



Ohio’s Wet Summer Leading to Rise in Mosquitoes

ODH Urges Precautions to Prevent Mosquito-borne Diseases

Mosquitoes in 5 local health districts have tested positive for West Nile virus

ODH Press Release

ODH Mosquito Information

CDC Westnile Information


Boil Water Alert Issued



The Logan County Health District advises everyone whose well may have been contaminated with floodwater to boil any drinking water for at least two minutes prior to use.  If floodwater is higher than a well’s cap or if well water has a muddy color, then contamination should be suspected.  Do not use possibly contaminated water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, bathing, and food or formula preparation.


Free water testing of flooded wells is offered by the Logan County Health District.  “Even if the water has lowered you must assume that your well is contaminated.  Do not wait for testing to treat your well,” advises Environmental Health Director, Craig Kauffman.  Any potentially flooded well should be treated with chlorine.


Instructions on how to do disinfect a well are available at:



A flood clean up manual is also available at:


Floodwater information from the Ohio Department of Health:



Please feel free to call if you have any questions:  (937) 651-6206





Logan County Health District Full Scale Exercise

June 10, 2015

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Health District PHOTOS

WPKO coverage

Bellefontaine Examiner coverage


Congratulations Tim Smith!




For winning the

2015 State of Ohio Publications Award


The Ohio Journal of Environmental Health

for his article

"Gastroenteritis: Awareness & Symptoms"


Thank you to all who participated in our 5K Walk

Check out the 5K Walk Facebook page for more pictures




Special Thanks to

Robinaugh EMS


Renee Hartley

  4th Annual 5k Walk


April 25, 2015

Pre-walk Warm-up 9:45 a.m.

FLYER details


Diabetes Facts

Obesity Facts

Heart Disease Facts

Cancer Prevention Facts

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Diabetes Obesity


Protect Yourself and Your Family From Salmonella

After you touch ducklings or chicks,
wash your hands so you don’t get sick!

Contact with live poultry (chicks, chickens,
ducklings, ducks, geese, and turkeys) can be a source of human Salmonella infections.

Click Here to view a CDC flyer.



Blacklegged Tick

also known as the deer or bear tick

Scale of image is in centimeters



cases are increasing in Ohio

LCHD Press Release

ODH Physician Letter

More information available at:

Minnesota Department of Health Link

Ohio Department of Health Link

CDC Link




  ODH Winter Tips Press Release 1/5/2015

Press Release 1/7/2015




FLU CLINICS for all ages


Every Thursday from 9 – 11 a.m.


      1st & 3rd Thursday from 2 – 6 p.m.


Please call ahead for insurance verification (937) 651-6186


Flu-Related Hospitalizations Up Significantly Over Last Year;

ODH Urges Ohioans to Get Influenza Vaccine

ODH Press Release


NOROVIRUS SYMPTOMS being seen in local schools

Press Release 12/15/2014 -  Further information available at www.cdc.gov

Gastroenteritis Awareness and Symptoms


Home Health Consumer Assessment of

Healthcare Providers and Systems


Logan County Home Health Agency

for third year in a row!

Press Release Link for HHCAHPS Honors

Press Release Link for HomeCare Elite


Press Release 10/15/2014

Ebola Reference Guide

Business/Church Letter

FACT Sheet

Cleaning/Decontaminaton of Surfaces

Further information is available at: 




Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68)

Click for FAQ

Link to Press Release 9/16/2014

At this time Ohio has no confirmed cases


Ohio’s First Human Cases

of West Nile Virus Reported for 2014

Click for ODH Press Release

Click for more information

How to Avoid Mosquito-Borne Illness


Immunization Clinics

Click for Health District info

Back to School - Ohio Department of Health Press Release

Ohio Department of Health offers Traveler Safety Tips - LINK

Keep Your Cool During Summer Heat


Clark State hosts program aimed at cutting government waste


Donna Glunt, Accreditation Coordinator

participates in boot camp!

Link to Article from Springfield-Sun News


Logan County Solid Waste Management District, Bellefontaine Ohio

Logan County Solid Waste shares vested interest with

Logan County Health District

Click for recent BLOG


Pertussis Outbreak in Logan County

  Diphtheria disease guy.

                                 Click to watch "whooping cough"

PERTUSSIS is also known as whooping cough

because of the "whooping" sound that is made when gasping

for air after a fit of coughing making it hard to breathe. 

Coughing fits due to pertussis infection can last

for up to 10 weeks or more".

Current LCHD Press Release June 3, 2014

For more information on Pertussis Click here

or at the CDC website:  http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/  



Measles Outbreak Confirmed

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Knox County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have confirmed an outbreak of measles in the Knox County area. At this time, we have confirmed 16 cases of the measles. The initial cases were from unvaccinated travelers who returned to Ohio from the Philippines.

ODH Press Release

Logan County Press Release

Click for Latest Measles Update from ODH

Measles Information on CDC Website


Mumps Outbreak Reported at Ohio State University

for more information click on the following links

Mumps Outbreak - Current Update from ODH

Logan County Press Release

Updated Link to Mumps FAQ 04092014


Ohio launches Network of Care for

Public Health Assessment & Wellness

Network of Care - LINK

Press Release 5/21/2014


A special thanks to all who

participated in our


Sisterly leaders

Sisters Chelsea and Brianna Burkhammer lead the pack Saturday

on the first lap of the 3rd annual walk at Southview Park

commemorating Public Health Month and Immunizations Week

co-sponsored by the Logan County Health District and

Heartland of Bellefontaine. Chelsea was the first-place finisher of the 5K.

Dozens of walkers endured chilly temperatures,

gusty winds and light rain at times. Music was provided by

Unbelievable DJ Service for the Mardi Gras-themed event.

For more information visit our Facebook page:




Lyme Disease Now Regularly Found in 24 Ohio Counties

Warmer weather has finally arrived in Ohio which also means that as more people head outdoors, encounters with ticks and the diseases they carry will increase. Tick-borne diseases typically occur during the spring and summer.

Mary DiOrio, MD, MPH, State Epidemiologist and Medical Director of the Division of Prevention and Health Promotion for the Ohio Department of Health, reported that there were 93 cases of Lyme disease in Ohio in 2013. This represents an increase of almost double above the 10-year average of 51 for the years 2003 to 2012. Lyme disease is principally spread by the blacklegged tick (also known as the deer tick). This particular tick has now been found in 59 counties and Lyme disease has been confirmed to be present in at least 24 counties. The closest county reporting the blacklegged tick is in Clark County. Lyme disease has been found as close as Allen County (Lima) and Franklin County (Columbus).

In general, ticks need to be attached for 36 to 48 hours to transmit Lyme disease. Early signs and symptoms of Lyme disease include one or more of the following:

    • A widening, red circular skin rash appearing 3 to 14 days after being bitten.
    • Fatigue
    • Chills and Fever
    • Headache
    • Muscle and joint ache
    • Swollen lymph nodes

Even later symptoms can occur after weeks or years and include:

    • Arthritis (especially in the knees)
    • Nerve pain and numbness (often of the face)
    • Fever, stiff neck and severe headache
    • Irregular heart rhythm
    • Problems with memory or understanding and sleep disturbances

The following tick-borne diseases are reportable in Ohio:

              Lyme disease (http://www.odh.ohio.gov/pdf/IDCM/lyme.pdf)

              Ehrlichiosis/anaplasmosis (http://www.odh.ohio.gov/pdf/IDCM/ehrl.pdf)

              Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis (http://ww.odh.ohio.gov/pdf/IDCM/rmsf.pdf)

Patients that reside in Logan County with suspected or confirmed cases should be reported to Kelly Reaver, Logan County Health District’s Infection Control Nurse, at 651-6901.



A partnership between the Hilliker YMCA and

the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program

is providing Mommy & Me swim classes

to WIC participants free of charge.

CLICK for Press Release March 20, 2014

Examiner Article May 8, 2014



Extreme Cold: a Prevention Guide

Don't CHILL OUT - Tips to keep warm link



Be Safe and Prepare Your Car for Winter Link



September 10 

A call to protect public health and the environment


The Logan County Health District joins the National Ground Water Association (NGWA)

in encouraging the citizens of Logan County to protect public health

and the health of the environment by protecting groundwater beginning on:


Click here for more information: 

Protect Your Groundwater Day, September 10.



Logan County Health District changes their

Immunization Clinic and T.B. testing hours

effective July 1st 2013

Every Thursday morning from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

1st & 3rd Thursday of each month from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.


All Clinics   are available for   ALL AGES

Newborn through Adult 


   Clinics are walk-in, no appointment necessary!

Please have shot records faxed or with you for clinic!!

We accept Logan County Medicaid plan, please bring card with you each visit.


NOTE:  If you bring someone else’s child to clinic,

you must have a signed permission slip from the parent/guardian.


Children who are VFC qualified will not be turned away due to inability to pay!



 TB Testing


Will be held every

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

   9 am to 12 noon   and   1 pm to 4 pm


Fee Schedules

For Children Click Here

For Adults Click Here


Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness


The best defense is prevention. Here are some prevention tips:

  • Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.

  • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.

  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.

  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

  • NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.

  • Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:

      • Infants and young children
      • People aged 65 or older
      • People who have a mental illness
      • Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
  • Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.

If you must be out in the heat:

  • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.

  • Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour.  A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage. Remember the warning in the first “tip” (above), too.

  • Try to rest often in shady areas.

  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).

This information provided by NCEH's Health Studies Branch.




http://whyquit.com/images/WNTD2013.jpg The World Health Organization has designated

                                      May 31stof each year as

                              WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY

         to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and

        advocating for effective policies toreduce tobacco consumption.


  The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which

  more than 600,000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second hand

  smoke.  Unless we act, the epidemic will kill more than 8 million  

  people by 2030.

The ultimate goal of World No Tobacco Day is to protect present and future generations not only from these devastating health consequences, but also against the social, environmental, and economic exposure to tobacco smoke. 


Things you can do:

    1.   Learn more about the dangers of smoking for pregnant women, moms,

          and their babies.

    2.  Talk to your children, teens, and women in your family and personal circle

         about reasons to quit or better yet not start smoking.

    3.  Find out what is going on in the community about smoking/cessation and

         spreading the word.

   4    Report violations of Ohio's Smoke Ban Law at:  nosmoke@odh.ohio.gov





The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released its 2013 County Health Rankings Report. The County Health Rankings rank the overall health of the counties in all 50 states.  Click here to see the health rankings for Logan County.  


Protect Yourself and Your Family From Salmonella



March 3-9 is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Are you and your family prepared for a severe weather threat?

Click on the - Be A Force of Nature - link above

to view a 6 year old's view of readiness. 


Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Investigation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with state and local health departments and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is investigating a multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis and other infections among patients who received contaminated steroid injections. This form of meningitis is not contagious. The investigation also includes fungal infections associated with injections in a peripheral joint space, such as a knee, shoulder or ankle.




Food Safety After a Power Outage

After a power outage, follow these safety tips from foodsafety.gov to keep you and your family safe from the risk of foodborne illnesses.

For refrigerated foods:


For frozen foods:


Water Safety

Electrical power outages may affect the operation of your private home water or sewage treatment system. Learn what to do if you have a private water system or sewage treatment system.

Generator Safety

While a generator can provide an alternative source of power when the electricity goes out, it can also become a dangerous source of carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide, or CO, is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death. A single gas-powered generator can produce as much as 100 times more poisonous Carbon Monoxide gas than a car’s exhaust.

  • Never use a generator inside your home, basement or garage.
  • Operate generators outdoors as far away from your house as possible. The National Institute of Standards and Technology reports that even 15 feet away may still be dangerous because the CO fumes can enter the home through windows, doors or vents. Tests are still being conducted to find a safe operating distance.
  • Never refuel a generator while it is running or hot.
  • Install CO detectors inside the home near all the sleeping areas.
  • Never use a charcoal grill or a barbecue grill indoors. Using a grill indoors will cause a build up of CO inside your home, cabin, or camper unless you use it inside a vented fireplace.
  • Never burn charcoal indoors. Burning charcoal — red, gray, black, or white — gives off CO.
  • Never use a portable gas camp stove indoors. Using a gas camp stove indoors can cause CO to build up inside your home, cabin, or camper.


All Homeowners are Encouraged to Test Their House for Radon


EPA estimates that radon causes thousands of cancer deaths in the U.S. each year.



Red Zones:  Counties with the highest potential for elevated indoor radon levels

Orange Zones:  Counties with a moderate potential for elevated indoor radon levels


     All homeowners are encouraged to test the lowest level of their house for Radon.  It has been known since the 1980s that humans face a health threat from naturally occurring Radon gas.  Radon causes lung cancer.  It is second only to cigarette smoking as the cause of lung cancer.  Different studies debate the actual number of annual deaths caused by Radon, but even the least estimate numbers, still in the thousands (22,000 per year in U.S.), are cause for alarm.  Logan County, along with two-thirds of Ohio is identified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as a high risk area for occurrence of Radon accumulation in homes.  Radon is unseen with no odor, but can easily be detected using a test kit available at the Logan County Health District ($6.00), 310 South Main Street, Bellefontaine, 937-592-9040. 

     Unlike some environmental hazards to health, persons can easily take action against Radon gas.  The first step is to test your home.  Testing should be done when windows are ordinarily closed for a three or four day period.  Late fall and winter are good times to test when windows and doors are no longer left open.  This will yield the highest levels of Radon a person may be exposed to.  The test kit is placed in the basement or lowest level of the home for 3-4 days then sealed and dropped in the mail (postage prepaid).  The lab sends a confidential report within days.

     If test results are high enough for concern, residents can review their options to remove Radon from their home, and take whatever action they decide is necessary.  Radon comes from the natural rock decay processes in subsoil.  It is trapped in buildings as the subsoil air rises through cracks and pores in foundations.  Removal of Radon is usually accomplished by penetrating the subsurface beneath a building and venting the subsurface air through the roof.  This process is inexpensive during building construction, but is also very feasible for

existing buildings.  A list of licensed contractors and specialists in Ohio is available from the Logan County Health District, Environmental Unit.

     Unseen, unnoticed disease causing agents like Radon gas tend to take a back seat to diseases with more immediate impact.  People cannot always take direct action against such threats, but in the case of Radon, it is easy to detect and remove.  Anyone can take action against Radon.  More information is available at www.loganhealth.org.  “Like” the Logan County Health District on Facebook to receive the up to date heath related information.  





All Hazard Preparedness for Logan County Residents

Planning ahead and knowing what to do in case of a disaster or emergency event can greatly reduce the risk of injury, death and/or property loss. 

Click on this link for Emergency Preparedness Information


After flooding of a well disinfection should be performed.

CLICK HERE for well disinfection instructions



What you need to know about bed bugs.

Additional resources are available HERE


Health Concerns about Misuse of Pesticides for Bed Bug Control



May 25, 2010 Pertussis Alert for Logan County Physicians/Healthcare Providers.  Click for further information



Dr. Hoddinott recently presented information to Logan County Health District staff on Vitamin D in Health and Disease. 

Click here to view the full presentation.


Changes in Required Immunizations

for 2010-2011 School Year 

  • An additional Tdap (Tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis) booster is now required for 7th grade

  • An additional varicella (chickenpox) booster is required for kindergarten

  • The 4th dose of polio vaccine must be given on or after the 4th birthday



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What is MRC? - FAQ Link

Registration Form Link

Introduction to MRC 101


Boyd C. Hoddinott, MD MPH

Health Commissioner

Concussion Program Presentation


The Immunization Story


Annual Reports

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report


Medical Community Newsletter

January 2012 Newsletter


In the Spotlight Video Link



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310 South Main Street, Bellefontaine


Office Hours


Monday - Friday


8:30 am to Noon

1:00 to 4:30pm 




To report health emergencies

call the Logan County Sheriff's Office


who will contact the 24/7 On Call phone

Link of Reportable Diseases

Contact Us: 

PHONE: 937.592.9040

WIC:    937.599.3345

FAX:    937.592.6746

e-mail:  LCHD@loganhealth.org