|Van Wert County Health Department runs emergency drill|
|Wednesday, April 09, 2014 8:15 PM|
BY ED GEBERT
Times Bulletin Editor
VAN WERT — Suppose there was a health disaster in the county and no one knew about it. Of course no one knew about it because it really did not happen. But the Van Wert County Health Department and Van Wert Hospital prepared on Wednesday as if it really was happening.
The scenario actually involved health departments in at least 17 counties in northwest Ohio. Even though there was no danger, the Van Wert County Health Department staff reacted as if the threat was real during the annual drill. The exercise is designed to provide training and some experience in case something would ever need to be addressed locally.
“As the exercise went along through the morning, the adrenaline would start to kick in,” admitted Health Commissioner Dr. Paul Kalogerou. ”With the updates coming in from other sources, it is hard to remember that it is only a simulation.”
The scenario for the exercise dealt with a contagious illness which stems from the lead singer of a rock band who contracted a type of influenza and spread it to a concert audience while performing in Bowling Green. This type of flu was treatable with the flu vaccine and the health officials were led to set up a way to vaccinate persons ages 15-22. The exercise began at 8 a.m. and ran through a mock press conference with the media at 11:30 a.m.
Local officials were observed and evaluated to check processes and responsibilities.