Wood County Health Department in early stage of Investigating an Outbreak

Did YOU attend? Event attendees are encouraged to complete a survey………….


BOWLING GREEN — Wood County Health District is looking into an outbreak after several attendees of an event last weekend called to report their illness.

Calls started coming in Tuesday with people reporting symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. After further questions, they seem to have one common connection. They all attended a fundraising event on Saturday for the conservation group We Are Outdoors.

“At this point in the investigation, it’s too early to know what may have caused this outbreak,” says epidemiologist Connor Rittwage. “We’re doing everything we can to identify the cause. Possibilities include a food or beverage item or an ill food handler, organizer or guest.”

Health district employees have inspected the facility and interviewed some of the organizers and attendees. To help determine what is making people sick, some people are being asked to provide a stool (poop) sample for testing. Samples of leftover foods may also be sent for testing. So far, the health district has collected information on 29 attendees, 21 of which had symptoms.

The health district is asking all attendees – ill or not – to complete a survey to try to identify what may have caused the outbreak. The survey asks questions about what they ate and drank as well as what activities they participated in.

Rittwage says that getting information from as many people as possible helps to see patterns to who got sick and who didn’t. However, he cautions that, unfortunately, in most cases the cause of an outbreak like this is never determined.

Anyone who attended the We Are Outdoors event is asked to complete an online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/WEAREOUT.  If someone has questions about the survey, they can contact Rittwage at 419-354-4306.

The mission of Wood County Health District is to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health of everyone in Wood County. Our Community Health and Wellness Center provides comprehensive medical services for men, women and children. We welcome all patients, including uninsured or underinsured clients, regardless of their ability to pay, and we accept most third-party insurance. For more information, visit www.woodcountyhealth.org

Budget-Friendly Spring Break Getaways

Spring is the perfect time for a vacation. Shake off the doldrums of winter as you transition toward fresh beginnings and warmer days……………………

(Family Features) Spring is the perfect time for a vacation. Shake off the doldrums of winter as you transition toward fresh beginnings and warmer days. One tip for planning a fun-filled trip with nearly countless memories: start your planning by deciding what types of things you’d like to do and experiences you’d like to enjoy.

For example, destinations like Texas, which offers hundreds of miles of coastline along the Texas Gulf Coast, can be a perfect destination for spring break travel for all ages. Start looking forward to a getaway to remember with these ideas, perfect for family travel, spring-breakers and everyone in between.

See the sights. If you’re the exploring type and want to mix some education with your fun, plan your journey around attractions like museums and nature centers, where you’ll find plenty to learn about the local area. Look for experiences you can’t find anyplace else, such as a visit to a UNESCO World Heritage site, which can offer a special look at the past.

Make a splash. For water lovers and more active types, a visit to the seashore may be just the ticket. At some locations, you can find all sorts of adventures, like surfing, kiteboarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, jet skiing, deep sea fishing and more.

Pitch a tent. When you’re looking to put the hustle and bustle of the city aside, a camping trip is the perfect way to reconnect with nature and enjoy some peaceful relaxation. Whether in Texas’s Hill Country or on a beach, you can find a variety of camping locations. For example, the small beach town of Port Aransas can provide a perfect backdrop to an evening by the campfire and a restful night under the stars.

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Explore the great outdoors. Discovering new flora and fauna is a delightful way to spend spring break. National parks offer nearly endless opportunities where you can experience natural elements teeming with life. These protected destinations are the perfect places for unique animal encounters, such as birdwatching, with hundreds of native species.

Go by land and sea. You can create an eclectic trip with diverse experiences by choosing a destination that lets you enjoy activities on both land and water. For example, Galveston Island’s cruise ports offer an array of activities that appeal to travelers in transition, such as harbor tours and an amusement park pier, along with the island’s ample supply of art galleries, entertainment and architecture.

For more ideas and inspiration to start planning your spring break trip, explore TravelTexas.com.


Texas Tourism Board


Support will help to fight senior hunger and isolation in WOOD COUNTY


 Bowling Green, OH (February 28, 2018) – The Wood County Committee on Aging (WCCOA) announced today that it will be participating in the 16th annual March for Meals – a month-long, community-by-community celebration of Meal on Wheels and the vulnerable seniors who rely on the vital service to remain independent at home. WCCOA’s celebration will include a special Community Champion’s Week spanning Monday, March 19 through Friday, March 23, during which WCCOA will be inviting local elected officials to join experienced volunteers on their meal delivery routes to see the service in action.


”The services that we provide the seniors of Bowling Green, North Baltimore, Pemberville, Perrysburg, Rossford, Walbridge and Wayne are critical and the need is rapidly increasing,” said Denise Niese, Executive Director of WCCOA. “Together, we can keep seniors living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age.”


The annual March for Meals commemorates the historic day in March 1972 when President Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 and established a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older. Since 2002, Meals on Wheels programs from across the country have joined forces for the annual awareness campaign to celebrate this successful public-private partnership and garner the support needed to fill the gap between the seniors served and those still in need.


“This March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs will rally their communities to build the support that will enable them to deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to America’s most at-risk seniors all year long,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “With the demand for Meals on Wheels increasing along with our country’s senior population, we need to ensure that seniors are not forgotten.”


For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors in Wood County this March, visit www.wccoa.net.


About The Wood County Committee on Aging:

The mission of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., shall be to provide older adults with services and programs which empower them to remain independent and improve the quality of their lives.


For information on programs and services, please contact the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., at (419) 353-5661, (800) 367-4935 or www.wccoa.net.