Board Meeting Teleconference Information

Scheduled for Thursday, June 24, at 7:30 a.m., will take place via teleconference call. 

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District
Board Meeting Teleconference Information

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s Board of Trustees meeting, scheduled for Thursday, June 24, at 7:30 a.m., will take place via teleconference call. 

Members of the public can listen in by following these instructions:  

Webinar: On Thursday, June 24, at 7:30 a.m., join the webinar by clicking this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87684696892?pwd=SEVRYVZmRGNVc20xU3lPN0NsOXRtUT09 Password: 664391

Phone only: On Thursday, June 24, at 7:30 a.m., use your phone to dial: 1-301-715 -8592 
When prompted, use ID: 876 8469 6892 and Password: 664391.  

Note that public access is watch/listen-only.  Comments can be emailed to publicinfo@nwwsd.org during and after the meeting.

Follow this AGENDA LINK for consideration.  

Follow @NWWSD on Twitter and Facebook for the latest information on how The District is working to provide safe, clean water. More information can be found at http://www.nwwsd.org/coronavirus/

Public vaccination clinics available throughout Wood County this week

FREE from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., at North Baltimore EMS (205 N. Main St.)WEDNESDAY…..

Anyone age 12 or older can be vaccinated for free without an appointment

 BOWLING GREEN — Opportunities to be vaccinated for COVID-19 will be available at different locations throughout Wood County during the week of June 21.

All Wood County Health Department vaccine clinics are free, and no appointment is needed. If you would like to make an appointment for a specific time, you can use the ArmorVax app or go to www.ArmorVax.com

Both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available at all events. Youth ages 12-17 are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine with a parent or guardian present.

All of the COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to protect the individuals who receive them from disease, to limit transmission in the community, and to reduce the risk of severe illness. The more people in our community who are vaccinated, the better we can protect ourselves and one another.

For more information and an updated schedule of vaccination opportunities, as well as other vaccine providers in Wood County, go to www.Vaccine.WoodCountyHealth.org

Vaccine clinics for the week of June 21 include:

 Monday, June 21

12-6 p.m., Wood County Health Department (1840 E. Gypsy Lane Road, BG)

 

Tuesday, June 22

11 a.m.-6 p.m., Local 50 Pipefitters (7570 Caple Blvd., Northwood)

11 a.m.-6 p.m., Pemberville Town Hall (115 S. Main St.)

3-8 p.m., Hosanna Lutheran Church (23019 Kellogg Road)

 

Wednesday, June 23

9 a.m.-6 p.m., Rossford Municipal Building (133 Osborne St.)

11 a.m.-7 p.m., North Baltimore EMS (205 N. Main St.)

4-7 p.m., Bowling Green Farmers Market (100 Clough St.)

 

Thursday, June 24

11 a.m.-8 p.m., Perrysburg Heights Community Association (12282 Jefferson St.)

3-8 p.m., Perrysburg Farmers Market (Louisiana Avenue)

 

Friday, June 25

10 a.m.-6 p.m., Bowling Green City Park (520 Conneaut Ave.)

11 a.m.-8 p.m., Risingsun Community Park (550 Salem St.)

4-8 p.m., Lake High School (28080 Lemoyne Road, Millbury)

 

The mission of Wood County Health Department is to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health of everyone in Wood County. Our Community Health 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.

 

Blanchard Valley Health System: COVID-19 Guidelines Updated

“Healthcare settings are the exception to the CDC guidelines.”

 As COVID-19 guidelines change, Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) will continue to work in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) while providing healthcare services to the community.

“Masks will still be required at all BVHS locations until further notice,” explained Roxanne Williams, MSN, RN, CHC, CPHQ, director of corporate quality, associate and patient safety. “Healthcare settings are the exception to the CDC guidelines. We are still in a pandemic and our ultimate goal is to keep everyone as safe as possible. Therefore, we thank people in advance for their patience and understanding.”

For updated guidelines at BVHS, please visit bvhealthsystem.org.

 

 

In-Person Health Care Appointments Returning After COVID-19 Peak

Patients prefer in-person care…….

(Family Features) In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people put off in-person visits to the doctor’s office. They were able to do so because virtual visits allowed them to safely get the care they needed while avoiding the uncertainty and precautions that accompanied in-person visits, such as wearing masks, undergoing temperature checks and filling out screening questionnaires.

Now, as the United States emerges from the pandemic – with more than 170 million Americans having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – health care booking behaviors are shifting once again.

To gain insight on appointment booking trends, Zocdoc, a free platform where people can find and book in-person or virtual health care, compiled “A Year in Hybrid Care.” The report shows how users’ booking choices evolved throughout the pandemic.

This analysis, which began in May 2020, the first full month Zocdoc enabled virtual visits, uncovered these key trends:

Proximity matters. When patients had a choice between booking a telehealth appointment with a doctor close by or a doctor far away, 70% chose a nearby doctor for their virtual visits. This implies patients intuitively know they may eventually want or need in-person care, and choosing a local provider makes it possible to pick up the conversation in-person right where it ended online. In fact, 50-60% of people who booked a virtual visit with select specialty providers (podiatrists; OB-GYNs; orthopedic surgeons; and ear, nose and throat specialists) booked a second, in-person appointment with that same practice.

Patients prefer in-person care. Across the United States, 33% of appointments booked via Zocdoc in May 2020 were telehealth visits – the highest single-month total during the pandemic. One year later, that number declined to 14%. With few exceptions, there was a shift back to in-person care across specialties between May 2020 and May 2021. This includes a 34% increase for neurologists; 31% increase for ear, nose and throat specialists; 29% increase for primary care physicians and dermatologists; 27% increase for allergists; 20% increase for urologists; and 19% increases for orthopedic surgeons and gastroenterologists.

Mental health bookings are staying virtual. Mental health is the only specialty in which virtual care bookings remain higher than peak pandemic booking levels. In May 2020, 75% of bookings with psychiatrists and 80% of bookings with psychologists were virtual. In May 2021, 85% of bookings with psychiatrists and 87% of bookings with psychologists were conducted via video.

“As we move toward more normalcy in the U.S., we are seeing that, with the exception of mental health, which saw more demand for virtual visits in May 2021 than May 2020, the future of health care is in-person,” said Oliver Kharraz, M.D., Zocdoc founder and CEO. “The booking trends of Zocdoc users show that while telehealth will remain an important part of the health care mix, it will be a complement to in-person care rather than a replacement.”

For more information and to view the full data analysis, visit zocdoc-inc.medium.com .

(Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock)

SOURCE:
Zocdoc

USDA: File Acreage Report by June 15

Are you  eligible to Receive Premium Benefit for Cover Crops?…..

By Brian Frieden, Regional Office Director, Risk Management Agency

Did you plant a cover crop and also have crop insurance coverage for your spring crops this year? If so, you may be eligible for a premium benefit through the new Pandemic Cover Crop Program. To receive this benefit, you must file a Report of Acreage (FSA-578) by June 15, 2021.

We recognize cover crops require a sustained, long-term investment, and the economic challenges of the pandemic made it financially challenging for many producers to maintain cover crop systems. PCCP is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s financial assistance to help producers who felt the impact of COVID-19 market disruptions.

This program helps ensure producers, including those here in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, can continue this important conservation practice.

How It Works

PCCP provides premium support to producers who insured their spring crop with most insurance policies and planted a qualifying cover crop during the 2021 crop year, which generally includes cover crops planted in late summer to fall of 2020. The premium support is $5 per acre, but no more than the full premium owed.

Qualifying cover crops include all that are reportable to the Farm Service Agency (FSA), including cereals and other grasses, legumes, brassicas and other non-legume broadleaves, and mixtures of two or more cover crop species planted at the same time.

How to Receive Benefit

You will automatically receive the benefit if you file the Report of Acreage form (FSA-578) by June 15, 2021, with your local FSA office. To file the report, you should contact your local USDA Service Center and make an appointment.

This June 15, 2021, reporting date is distinct from the normal acreage reporting date. The normal acreage reporting deadline with FSA has not changed, but to receive the premium benefit, you must file by June 15.

Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa have existing programs for producers to receive a premium benefit for planting cover crops. If you participate in one of these programs, you will receive an additional benefit through PCCP.

More Information

If you want to learn more, feel free to contact Risk Management Agency’s regional office in Springfield, Illinois at 217-241-6600. Or you can visit farmers.gov/pandemic-assistance/cover-crops, where we have the Report of Acreage form that you need for FSA as well as some frequently asked questions.

Brian Frieden is the Regional Office Director for USDA’s Risk Management Agency in Springfield, Illinois. This office administers Federal crop insurance in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

Ohio Sees 9.3% Increase in Construction Spending Since COVID

Housing inventory is at all-time lows….

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the biggest economic stories has been the red-hot residential real estate market. Housing inventory is at all-time lows, but low interest rates, government stimulus, increased household savings, and a growing number of first-time millennial homebuyers have led to strong demand nearly everywhere. Stories of fierce competition, bidding wars, and sales that close well above listing price are becoming common in markets all across the country.

When housing supply is low and demand is high, residential construction inevitably picks up as builders and developers try to meet demand. The same is true now. While disruption to global supply chains has driven up the price of building supplies like lumber, residential construction is booming.

Like many other sectors of the economy, residential construction took a sharp dip early on in the pandemic, when lockdowns and the accompanying economic uncertainty paused many activities. Since then, however, spending on residential construction has spiked. The seasonally adjusted annual rate hit a low of $547 billion in May 2020, recovered to pre-lockdown levels around $600 billion by August, and has topped $700 billion in every month since December.

 

 

While this trend of growth is evident nationwide, some areas are seeing the effects more so than others. In particular, the Midwest region of the U.S. has experienced the greatest increase in the value of new residential construction. From the first quarter of 2020 to the first quarter of 2021, the value of new residential building permits in the Midwest was up 38.1%.

 

 

One reason for this might be the relative value of real estate in different regions. Homes are already more expensive on the coasts, which means fewer people can afford those markets even before factoring in the high demand and low inventory seen over the last year. In cheaper areas like those found in the Midwest, however, current housing market conditions have increased values by greater percentages, including for new builds. And these markets have taken on new appeal, with more people moving to locations where living space is less expensive after months of social distancing restrictions and with more employers transitioning to permanent work-from-home arrangements.

The two states that most strongly exemplify these trends are Wyoming and South Dakota, where the total value of new residential building permits is up 116% and 99%, respectively. At the other end of the spectrum, the list of states with the lowest growth in the value of new residential construction includes California, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts—some of the most expensive states for home values in the U.S.

 

 

Similar conditions hold at the metro level, as many lower-cost cities are experiencing increased interest in the housing market and new construction rushes to fill the demand. To find the locations where construction spending has increased the most during the pandemic, researchers at Construction Coverage analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Building Permits Survey to rank the percentage change in value of new residential building permits authorized from Q1 2020 to Q1 2021.

The analysis found that the total value of new residential building permits issued in Ohio during Q1 2021 amounted to approximately $1.6B—up 9.3% from $1.5B in Q1 2020. Here is a summary of the data for Ohio:

  • Percentage change in value of new residential building permits: +9.3%
  • Total change in value of new residential building permits: $136,761,000
  • Value of units authorized in 2021 Q1: $1,607,254,000
  • Value of units authorized in 2020 Q1: $1,470,493,000

For reference, here are the statistics for the entire United States:

  • Percentage change in value of new residential building permits: +27.4%
  • Total change in value of new residential building permits: $18,831,856,000
  • Value of units authorized in 2021 Q1: $87,499,909,000
  • Value of units authorized in 2020 Q1: $68,668,053,000

For more information, a detailed methodology, and complete results, you can find the original report on Construction Coverage’s website: https://constructioncoverage.com/research/cities-with-biggest-increase-in-construction-spending-2021

COVID-19 Update: Vax-a-Million Winner from Toledo

Status of Vaccinations in Ohio…..

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Ohio Vax-A-Million’s newest winners joined Governor DeWine this morning (Thursday) to discuss why they chose to be vaccinated and their excitement of being selected during this week’s drawing. 

Jonathan Carlyle from Toledo in Lucas County won this week’s $1 million prize, and Zoie Vincent from Mayfield Village in Cuyahoga County won this week’s college scholarship prize. 

“I actually had COVID-19, and it was the most sick I’d ever been,” said Vincent. “(This) played a significant role in my decision to get a vaccination because, if I can guarantee that I’ll never feel this way again or my family won’t have to feel this way again, I felt like I would definitely take it, and so I did get the vaccine.”

“My sister and her husband both came down with COVID, as well as his father who passed from COVID, and she was on me a lot to go and get the vaccination, and that played a very significant role in me getting my vaccination,” said Carlyle. “I was putting it off a lot because I was working all the time, but I knew that I needed to get it and that I wanted to get it. When (Governor DeWine) announced Vax-a-Million, as soon as I heard that, a few days later I got the Johnson & Johnson shot.” 

Ohio Vax-a-Million is a public outreach campaign and initiative to increase awareness of the availability and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and provide incentives to Ohioans to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Ohioans 18 and older who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can enter to win one of five $1 million prizes. Ohioans ages 12-17 who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can enter to win a four-year college scholarship to any Ohio state college or university.

For more information and to enter visit ohiovaxamillion.com. To find a vaccine provider near you, visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov

STATUS OF VACCINATIONS IN OHIO

More than 50 percent of Ohio’s adult population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, however, Governor DeWine encouraged more Ohioans, especially those in the 18-59 age-range, to get vaccinated. 

Despite the lift in pandemic-related restrictions, Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer at the Ohio Department of Health, reminded Ohioans that the unvaccinated, including everyone under the age of 12, are still at risk. 

“COVID remains a very real danger to every unvaccinated Ohioan,” said Dr. Vanderhoff. “We often think of COVID as being benign for children, but it is now one of the top 10 causes of death for children in the United States. Vaccination is our best protection against COVID, and we really owe it not just to ourselves to get vaccinated, but to all we care about, including those who are not yet able to be vaccinated. While it is true that younger Ohioans may not have the level of risk that older Ohioans have, bad things can happen to people of any age who get COVID-19.”

CASE DATA/VACCINE INFORMATION

In-depth COVID-19 data for Ohio: coronavirus.ohio.gov

Ohio’s central scheduling system: gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov

Ohio mass vaccination information: coronavirus.ohio.gov/massvaccinationclinics

All vaccine providers: vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov

More vaccine information: coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

CANCELLED: Pediatric Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic

Pediatric Covid Vaccine Clinic at Bluffton Hospital cancelled……

CANCELLED: COVID-19 vaccinations are now being offered for pediatric patients of Blanchard Valley Medical Practices (BVMP) who are 12 years of age and older.

Beginning Thursday, June 3 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., clinics will be held at Bluffton Hospital for BVMP pediatric patients. The vaccination clinics are only open to those who are (BVMP) pediatric patients. Vaccines will not be administered to any pediatric patients who do not meet the specific age guidelines.

To become a BVMP pediatric patient, or to schedule your child with a physician, please call 419.422.APPT.

Individuals or their legal guardians can schedule their child for the COVID-19 vaccination clinic, beginning May 28, by calling their primary pediatric care office and selecting the COVID-19 vaccination clinic option. Appointments can be made Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments for the second dose will be made at the clinic when the first dose is administered.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit bvhsvaccineconnect.com.

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Blanchard Valley Health System provides a total continuum of care to more than 100,000 households in an eight-county area.

BVHS to Host Facebook Live at Noon 6/2/21

“BVHS COVID-19 Vaccine Update”

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) will be hosting a Facebook Live entitled “BVHS COVID-19 Update,” on Wednesday, June 2 beginning at Noon.

BVHS President and CEO Myron Lewis and Dr. William Kose, vice president of special projects will discuss the current state of COVID-19 guidelines, visitor restrictions and more.

The event will be streamed on the health system’s Facebook page, facebook.com/BlanchardValleyHealthSystem/. Community members can “like” the corporate Facebook account of BVHS and visit the page to watch live.

Lewis and Kose will be taking questions from the community. Questions may be submitted ahead of time by emailing community@bvhealthsystem.org or by sending a direct message to the BVHS Facebook page.

Anyone in need of assistance with the livestream should call 419.423.5551. For those who do not have Facebook access, a recording of the Facebook Live will be posted to bvhealthsystem.org after the livestream.

Blanchard Valley Health System provides a total continuum of care to more than 100,000 households in an eight-county area.

Health Orders Rescinded

Gov. DeWine announces Update……

 (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced that Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud signed an order rescinding the following COVID-19-related health orders:

  • The Director’s Order to Limit Access to Ohio’s Jails and Detention Facilities.
  • The Director’s Order to Release Protected Health Information to Ohio’s First Responders.
  • The Director’s Order Requiring the Use of Facial Coverings in Child Education Settings.
  • The Director’s Order for Retail and Business Compliance for Facial Coverings through the State of Ohio.
  • The Second Amended Director’s Order on Adult Day Support Services and Vocational Habilitation Services.
  • The Third Amended Director’s Order on the Opening of Senior Centers.
  • The Third Amended Director’s Order on the Opening of Adult Day Services Centers.

The recissions go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on June 2, 2021.

The following orders will remain in effect:

  • The Order to Require Screening for Admission to State Operated Psychiatric Hospitals or to Department of Youth Services Facilities.
  • The Director’s Order Designating The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center a Public Health Laboratory.
  • The Director’s Order to Facilities to Notify Residents, Guardians and Sponsor of Positive or Probable Cases of COVID-19.
  • The Director’s Order Requiring Reporting and Notification Regarding COVID-19 Cases in Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade.

Note: The Director’s Second Amended Order for Social Distancing, Facial Coverings, and Non-Congregating was previously set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on June 2, 2021.

District Opens Its Doors to Customers

Plus, Changes Hours of Operation…..

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) is announcing that with the expiration of state and local health orders, we are opening our doors to customers effective Wednesday, June 2.  We are also changing our hours of operation in customer service. 

New Hours of Operation: Weekdays 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

“We are excited to welcome our customers back to our office and look forward to assisting them in person,” said District President Jerry Greiner. 

The District is still requiring all visitors and employees to use a mask while in the building.

This District will also continue to have envelopes available outside of our building for customers who prefer to pay using our drop box.  Customers can also pay bills online, use automatic bill payment, or pay through our e-billing system. 

To contact The District after hours for a water or sewer emergency, please call your county Sheriff’s office and they will dispatch an water and sewer operator.

Wood County 419.354.9001, 
and choose option 9
Hancock County 419.422.2424 (McComb)
Henry County 419.592.8010