News briefs 1/4/21

Press Staff Writer

Health Dept. gets 1st COVID vaccine
        The Ottawa County Health Department (OCHD) received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines on Dec. 22.    OCHD vaccines are being distributed locally in line with Ohio’s Phase 1A plan, which offers the first vaccines to healthcare workers, first responders and people with developmental disabilities living in group settings.
        OCHD has received the Moderna vaccine, which has been approved and recommended to prevent COVID-19. It requires two injections, with one calendar month between them, before it begins to offer the best protection.
        The vaccines Ottawa County received will be the first dose for those in the identified critical groups. A second dose will be delivered and administered in the future.
        Those who believe they are part of Phase 1A should have one person from their organization contact the health department at 419-734-6800.
        COVID-19 vaccines are not yet available for the general public. As information becomes available about the next phases of vaccine distribution, it will be made public.
        Accurate information about vaccines can be found on the Ottawa County Health Department website at, the Ohio Department of Health website at, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at
Humane Society Annual Meeting
        The Humane Society of Ottawa County will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Que Barbeque and Brew, 8975 E. Harbor Rd., Port Clinton.
        The meeting will include a general election for the board of directors. Four incumbent board members are running for reelection, including Lara Bischoff, Diane Hopkins, Marty Mortus and Sue Sradeja. There is one new candidate, Sara LeMarca.
        Members of the HSOC are eligible to vote. Members include anyone who adopted a pet from the shelter in 2020; anyone who volunteers at the shelter on a regular basis; HSOC employees and anyone who donated to the HSOC 2020.
        Ballots are available at the HSOC office, 2424 E. Sand Rd., Port Clinton, or may be requested by email. Call 419-734-5191 to request a ballot. Ballots must be returned to the Humane Society office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
        Nominations for board members will be accepted from the floor during the annual meeting. Those in attendance must wear face masks and practice social distancing.
        Call 419-734-5191 for more info.
Patrol releases holiday report
        Provisional statistics released Dec. 28 show fewer motorists were killed on Ohio’s roadways this Christmas holiday, as compared to the two previous years.
        During the four-day reporting period, from Thursday, Dec. 24 at 12 a.m. until Sunday, Dec. 27 at 11:59 p.m., nine people were killed in seven fatal crashes. Sixty-six percent of those killed in fatal crashes over the holiday were not wearing an available safety belt.
        Troopers removed 142 impaired drivers from Ohio’s roads during the holiday, which is an increase of 137 percent, compared to last year. The Patrol reminds motorists to plan ahead and designate a sober driver or make other arrangements to ensure everyone arrives safely to their destination.
        Twelve people were killed in 2019, which ran from Dec. 23-25. In 2018, there were 11 people were killed, which ran from Dec. 21-25.
        The public is encouraged to continue using #677 to report dangerous or impaired drivers, as well as drug activity. A statistical analysis of the Patrol’s enforcement activity over the holiday is available at
Health Dept. clinics                                                              
        The Ottawa County Health Department has released the clinic schedule for Jan. 4-8. Unless otherwise stated, all clinics are held at the health department, 1856 E. Perry St., Port Clinton.
        Jan. 4: Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Clinic, 12:45-4:30 p.m.
        Jan. 5: Women, Infants and Children Clinic, 12:45-4:30 p.m.
        Jan. 6: Family Planning Clinic, 8-9 a.m.; Immunization Clinic, 12:45-4:30 p.m.; Tuberculosis Clinic (no appointment necessary), 3-4 p.m.
        Jan. 7: Family Planning, Well Child and Sexually-transmitted Disease (STD), 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
        Jan. 8: Immunization Clinic, 8 a.m.-noon; Tuberculosis Clinic (no appointment necessary), 3-4 p.m.
        For home health services, call 419-734-6800.


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