ODH reports first 2017 Ohio death from West Nile Virus

Ohio’s first 2017 death in a human West Nile virus case has been reported by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). The 74-year-old Defiance County man had been hospitalized with encephalitis. The Ohio Department of Health is reporting a total of 10 human cases of West Nile virus across the state. Counties with at least […]

New state rule limits opioid prescriptions to seven days for acute pain

Ohio doctors can prescribe only seven days of opioids for adults in acute pain, under new rules that begin Thursday. Children are limited to five days. The rules, announced in March and reiterated Wednesday by state medical leaders and Gov. John Kasich, are an attempt to curb dependence on the drugs. The rules could reduce […]

Baby boxes now available through Marion Public Health

Marion Public Health has recently become a distribution site for Baby Boxes. To celebrate the addition of the resource, they will partner with Marion Public Library for a launch event on August 22. Baby Boxes provide a safe sleeping environment for infants to help reduce the risk of sleep related deaths and sudden infant death […]

City to start mosquito fogging on Thursday

The Marion City Parks Department will begin their mosquito fogging operations on Thursday, July 20, 2017. These operations will occur on Thursday evenings between 8:00 pm and 2:00 am. Weekly spraying wi ll continue as needed and as weather permits. The areas that will be sprayed will rotate based on the mosquito populations. City residents […]

Ohio House declines to vote on overriding veto on Medicaid expansion freeze, may vote at later date

Ohio’s Medicaid expansion will continue without a freeze on enrollment. The Ohio House on Thursday rejected 11 of Gov. John Kasich’s budget vetoes but did not take a vote to reinstate a proposed freeze on Medicaid expansion enrollment. The House’s inaction on the freeze was seen as a big win for Kasich, who has made […]

Governor vetos 47 items from State Budget, including Medicaid freeze

Gov. John Kasich used his veto pen late Friday night to gut his fellow Republicans’ major Medicaid policy changes in the state budget bill, but the budget battle might roll into the following week. Legislative leaders told lawmakers last week they could be called back to the Statehouse to override any of the governor’s vetoes. […]

Ohio Senate passes ban on abortion technique

The Ohio Senate adopted Wednesday afternoon a bill that will effectively end most second-trimester abortions in the state. Senators voted along party lines, 24 to 9, for Senate Bill 145, which now heads to the House, likely for consideration after the summer recess. The bill bans dilation and evacuation procedures, performed typically between 13 and […]

Ohio Attorney General warns of elder abuse

Ahead of Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15), Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning Ohioans to beware of signs of elder abuse. “Elder abuse can affect any family in any community,” Attorney General DeWine said. “It often involves a person in a position of power or trust who takes advantage of an older adult. […]

Spaghetti Dinner Benefit & Auction to raise funds to fight Alzheimer’s

Kingston Residence of Marion will be holding its 1st annual Spaghetti Dinner Benefit & Auction on June 15, 2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Marion Senior Center. All proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Walk. Tickets for the dinner are $6.00 each with carryout orders available. The event includes a silent auction from […]

Group of medical professionals, veterans, businesses form up against prescription drug ballot issue

Ohio medical professionals, veterans’ groups and business interests are lining up against a statewide ballot measure promising lower prescription drug prices. Opponents to the “Ohio Drug Price Relief Act” say the proposed law would actually increase drug costs for the majority of Ohioans. And they’ll likely spend tens of millions of dollars trying to convince […]