Community Outreach

The Lucas County COVID-19 numbers for today 10/8/2020, are as follows:
 7491 total cases
o 7216 confirmed cases
o 275 probable cases
 366 deaths
o 327 confirmed deaths
o 39 probable deaths
 3203 male cases
 4288 female cases
o Ages range from <1 to 109
To report concerns, such as businesses not adhering to sector specific operating
requirements/guidelines, including appropriate social distancing and/or violations
of the statewide mask mandate, please call 419-213-4161 to leave a message or
For local information, confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lucas County,
and a map of testing locations, may be found
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Responsible RestartOhio website
is and the ODH
COVID-19 hotline is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).


The Perfecting Care Department of Perfecting Church Toledo and Lucas County Children
Services presents a ‘Diaper Donation Drive Thru!’
The event’s theme is, “HELP US FILL THIS TRUCK!” The event will take place on Saturday,
October 17, 2020, 9am-3pm at Perfecting Church Toledo located at 4609 Glendale Ave, Toledo,
Ohio 43609.
The goal is to receive enough donated items of any brand of pampers, pull ups and wipes to fill
the back of a pick-up truck.
All of the donations will benefit the families of LCCS.
Thanking you in advance for your support.
Perfecting Church Toledo, “Where Ministry Means People”


TARTA Launches New Effort to Collect and Measure
Customer Satisfaction with the Authority’s Services
(TOLEDO, Sept. 28, 2020) – The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) has a new
effort underway to measure customer satisfaction through online and phone surveys. TARTA
hired TransPro Consulting to conduct the surveys, analyze the results, and develop a process
to track improvements in customer satisfaction over time. Customers who complete a survey
will be entered into a weekly $100 prize drawing in thanks for their participation.
The purpose of the survey is to gauge TARTA customers’ support for a variety of issues
ranging from bus cleanliness and driver courtesy to the convenience and frequency of local
bus routes. In addition, the survey is measuring customer confidence in TARTA’s response to
the threat of COVID-19. It will also discover how residents prefer to engage with TARTA and
which communication methods are likely to reach the most people.
“This is an opportunity to find out how we can improve our customers’ experience,” said
General Manager Kimberly Dunham. “TARTA is on a transformational journey focused on a
commitment to service standards of excellence. We hope that the insights gained from this
survey give us a road map toward a greatly improved transit system. We also intentionally
sought out TransPro’s expertise in this area to discover what is most important to our
customers and the community.”
According to Mark Aesch, TransPro founder and CEO, “Customer satisfaction is a critical
metric in the private sector so it should become a priority for public services as well. Our
philosophy is simple: To learn what would improve customers’ lives, you’ve got to ask them
what they need.”
Residents are encouraged to visit or call (567) 343- 5767 to complete the
survey and learn more.
The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) provides a vital link in the Toledo
metro area to jobs, education, health care and other destinations. It enables everyone in
our community to have access to transportation regardless of their age, race, physical
ability or economic background. TARTA is underway with exploring and introducing new
initiatives and service options that will enhance convenience and customer experience
while moving Toledo into the future of public transit.


TARTA Announces Participation in Nationwide Public Transportation Industry “Health and Safety Commitments” Program

TARTA joins over 100 public transit agencies participating in the national program


(TOLEDO, Sept. 22, 2020) – The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) announced Wednesday that it has joined the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) “Health and Safety Commitments Program,” the public transportation industry’s overarching pledge to passengers that public transit systems are taking all the necessary measures to operate safely as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.


The health and safety of passengers and operators is the most important priority for TARTA. Since the beginning of the pandemic, TARTA has worked tirelessly to keep riders safe from infection from the coronavirus. By signing on to the APTA Health and Safety Commitments Program with more than 100 public transit systems, TARTA and the public transit industry are actively working to instill confidence in riders that it’s committed to protecting their health and safety.


The Program was developed after asking transit users from across the country what measures would make them feel more confident riding public transportation amid concerns about COVID-19. From this research, the industry identified four key areas that transit systems need to address to earn riders’ confidence:


  • Following public health guidelines from official sources
  • Cleaning and disinfecting transit vehicles frequently and requiring face coverings and other protections
  • Keeping passengers informed and empowered to choose the safest times and routes to ride
  • Putting health first by requiring riders and employees to avoid public transit if they have been exposed to COVID-19 or feel ill


TARTA has pledged to meet these commitments by creating specific policies that are effective for our system, our riders, and our community. A key component of the Health and Safety Commitments Program is the shared responsibility of our system and our riders to follow the guidelines. Riders rely on us to follow these commitments, and TARTA relies on riders to protect themselves and other customers.


“Participating in this program is a testament to TARTA’s commitment to safety for its employees and community members. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, TARTA has consistently been an industry leader in proactively combating the spread of the virus. Earning the APTA’s Health and Safety Commitment (HSC) seal acknowledges our current efforts and solidifies our mission to provide the safest and most efficient form of public transportation in our region,” said Kimberly A. Dunham, TARTA General Manager.


TARTA is committed to continually addressing and implementing pillars of the Program. Current safety guidelines include:


  • Following state and local health guidance from Governor Mike DeWine, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.
  • Suspending fare collection.
  • Encouraging social distancing onboard vehicles by limiting passenger capacities and utilizing shadow buses for overflow.
  • Disinfecting vehicles daily and providing complimentary facial coverings for riders who do not have one prior to boarding.
  • Installing protective plastic barriers on all fixed-route, paratransit and on-demand service vehicles.


“This program is a commitment that this industry is making to all those we serve now and to those who we look forward to serving,” said Nuria I. Fernandez, APTA Chair, and General Manager and CEO of Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. “Public transportation is and will be vital to the social and economic recovery of our nation. But getting there requires us to win back our ridership and encourage new riders to view public transit as a preferred mobility choice. We believe this commitment program will help do this.”


“The program being launched today is the public transportation industry’s pledge to promote sensible policies and practices designed to keep transit users and transit employees safe during the COVID-19 crisis,” said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. “It is a logical extension of the innovation and commitment we have been demonstrating for the past several months – and it makes the need for at least $32 billion in additional emergency funding that much more urgent and critical.”






About TARTA 

The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) provides a vital link in the Toledo metro area to jobs, education, health care and other destinations. It enables everyone in our community to have access to transportation regardless of their age, race, physical ability or economic background. TARTA is underway with exploring and introducing new initiatives and service options that will enhance convenience and customer experience while moving Toledo into the future of public transit.




River of Life Church, Bishop John Williams, located at 3611 Upton Avenue in Toledo, Ohio 43613.

Every 3rd Saturday of the month from 11a.m.-1p.m. they give away food and other household items to the community.


Community Testing Site Information

Community testing is still widely available in Lucas County. Testing is most appropriate for community members experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Themain symptoms of COVID-19 infection include: a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or greater, cough, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing. Other reported symptoms have included chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. Community members may call the Lucas County Community COVID-19 Call Lines at 419-251-4000 (English only) and 419-291-5355 (multilingual) to answer questions and provide additional support M-F, 7am-7pm.

COVID-19 Nasal Swab (PCR) Community Testing is available at the following locations:


o Place:

 Drive-thru testing available at the 7225 Airport Highway location

o Must have an appointment.
 Pre-screening and appointments can be set up at

o Cost: Free



o Place: Drive-thru testing available at the Walmart Supercenter at 5821 Central Ave, Toledo OH

o Time: Testing M-W-F from 7 am – 9 amo Must have an appointment.

 Pre-screening and appointments can be set up at Walmart Testing

o Cost: Free


o Place: Drive-thru testing available at the Walmart Supercenter at 3721 Navarre Ave, Oregon OH

o Time: Starting 5/22/20, testing M-W-F from 7am – 9 amo Must have an appointment.

 Pre-screening and appointments can be set up at Walmart Testing

o Cost: Free


o Place: Drive-thru and walk-up testing available at the Nexus Healthcare Center at 1415 Jefferson Ave

o Must have an appointment.
 Pre-screening and appointments can be set up by calling


o Cost: Free


o Place: Drive-thru and walk-up testing available at the Navarre Park Family Care Center at 1020 Varland Ave (Spanish Speakers Available)

o Must have an appointment.
 Pre-screening and appointments can be set up by calling


o Cost: Free
Antibody testing is available to the community though LabCorp.

o Place: Anti-body testing available at 1565 S. Byrne Rd Suite 105,

Toledo OH
o Time: Testing available Monday-Friday from 7:30 am – 4 pmo Appointment: Order Required, No Appointment Needed.o How LabCorp Works

 Individuals without an order may have one created onLabcorp’s website for $10.00 at LabCorp Order

o Cost: $10 if order is purchased from Labcorp website.

635 North Erie Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604-5317 419.213.4100
419.213.4017 Fax

For additional information and to see a map of the testing locations, please visit:

To report concerns, such as businesses not adhering to sector specific operating requirements/guidelines, including appropriate social distancing and/or employees wearing face coverings, please call 419-213-4161, option 4, and leave a message.

For local information, confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lucas County may be found at: The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) COVID-19 and Responsible RestartOhio website
is and the ODH hotline is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).



Toledo Plus One: A Glass Roots Movement to Support Local Frontline Heroes and Restaurants

Join us in taking a “plus one” to lunch or dinner. But not just any plus one – a local front-line healthcare or first responder hero.

Donations are now being accepted through a fund organized by Greater Toledo Community Foundation. Donations will provide meals to Northwest Ohio’s first responders, including hospital workers, firefighters, and police officers while supporting some of The Glass City’s most beloved local restaurants.

Current participating restaurants: Mancy’s Steakhouse, Mancy’s Italian, Mancy’s Bluewater Grille, Shorty’s, Stubborn Brother Pizza, Souk Mediterranean, The Beirut, Ciao!, The Real Seafood Co., Zia’s, and The Chop House. More restaurants may be added depending on the success of this initiative.

Meal delivery to be provided by Yark Automotive Group.

Every dollar makes a difference. We all love Toledo. Let’s prove what we can do together. Donations can be made at

For more information on Toledo Plus One, contact or visit



Coronavirus Disease 2019

COVID-19 Ask the Expert: Anthony J. Armstrong, M.D., MPH, FACOG, President of the Ohio State Medical Association on Minority Health

Protecting Against COVID-19

The Ohio Department of Health sat down with Anthony Armstrong, M.D., MPH, FACOG, president of the Ohio State Medical Association, to discuss COVID-19 and minority health. Dr. Armstrong has shared his expertise on this important topic.

Dr. Armstrong, a board-certified OB-GYN in private practice, has served as medical director for specialty care and obstetric services of Bon Secours Mercy Health in northwest Ohio. He previously worked at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center where he held various roles including chairman of the OB-GYN department, director of medical education, and chief of staff. Dr. Armstrong is a past president of the Toledo and Lucas County Academy of Medicine.


Q: The information at this point is largely anecdotal across the country but it appears the COVID-19 fatality rate is disproportionately impacting the African-American and Latino communities. Why do you believe this may be the case?

A: As you said, the information is largely anecdotal but from the start of this crisis, before coronavirus took hold in the United States and before it became global pandemic, there was a myth among many in the African-American community, in particular, that Black people could not get this virus or, worse, die from it.I’m sure that mentality exists in Ohio and it has to change.

Q: With April being Minority Health Month, where might that myth or mentality be rooted?

A: Dating back many generations in our country, many African-Americans have always held a general distrust of the medical system and a distrust that medical professionals had their best interest and besthealth in mind. That mentality is rooted in our country’s prior history of racial inequality. However, without

question, things are better now but these are myths and long-held beliefs that have not fully subsided.

Q: Should individual states, or the federal government – in particular, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) – track COVID-19 data according to race and ethnicity?

A: Absolutely. Because if this virus is truly spreading disproportionately among minority communities across the country then it is likely true here in Ohio, as well. We need this data to better understand how the virus spreads and to develop more effective strategies to mitigate the spread while we continue to

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Develop effective ways to treat this disease for those who are already sick or will become sick. It’s clear, we’ve seen significant spikes in cities with higher minority concentrations – New York, Detroit, New Orleans, and Chicago. And Ohio, as we know, also has large American cities with higher concentrations of minorities which could warrant our attention.

Q: We know that this virus has a more devastating impact on individuals with other underlying conditions. Could that be a factor in what we are seeing the minority communities?

A: Yes, to the point that I addressed earlier. African-Americans, for example, have higher rates of diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure and other public health ailments and statistically we are less likely to regularly see or be under the care of a physician. African-Americans live with these public health conditions for a longer period before getting medical care, which could exacerbate our overall care. What we know about

COVID-19 is that if your body is already weakened by other severe medical concerns then this virus is likely to have a more devastating impact on you.

Q: If there was concern before about seeing a doctor, it’s likely heightened during this pandemic.How can we be sure minorities and others are still seeking medical care?

A: One thing we are learning to use more where I work, and I know this is true for physicians across Ohio, is telehealth. This allows us to consult with our patients face-to-face via computer, laptops or smartphones. And if you do not have video capabilities, then you need to know that we can still provide effective care via a telephone call. What are your symptoms? How are you feeling? What is your prior medical history? These are all questions that can be answered via telehealth and help us as physicians provide a necessary level of care. Telehealth has the potential of remaining a significant part of the medical delivery system long after we have defeated COVID-19.

Q: What is the message we must convey to the minority communities?

A: The message is no different than what you and Gov. DeWine have effectively and appropriately communicated for more than a month. Without a vaccine or known cure, our most effective strategy is to win the war against the spread of the virus which buys healthcare professionals and medical scientists more time to work on effective treatments and cures that will save lives. I implore all Ohioans – regardless of your race or ethnicity – to adhere to the ‘Stay-At-Home’ and social distancing orders and if you aretraveling to Ohio from outside our state, please be courteous and self-quarantine for at least 14-days

before interacting with others.

Might I add, I also believe that we in the medical profession can also do more to be sure that we make our services more accessible and inviting. We have to look for ways to make healthcare more accessible to everyone, especially those who the most vulnerable among us. We know that early intervention of care can significantly lower the chances of chronic medical care later.

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Q: Thank you, Dr. Armstrong. That is an especially strong message given that our friends in Michigan are experiencing an outbreak and strain on their healthcare system in Detroit. Detroit is very close to your city of Toledo. What concerns do you have about what is occurring in Detroit?

A. You are correct, our proximity to Detroit is a concern. I have colleagues and friends in the medical profession who work both in Ohio and Michigan or live in one state and work in the other. Our proximity to Detroit means it is a normal, daily occurrence for people to straddle the line and go back and forth between the two cities, two states. My message would be as I stated before: Please respect our ‘Stay-At-Home’ and social distancing orders and please self-quarantine. Let’s all assume that we have the virus and must act in ways so not to infect our dearest loved ones.

Q: And while we as physicians and healthcare professionals are doing what we always trained to

do, this pandemic has been hard for you and your colleagues, as well, hasn’t it?

A: Yes and thank you for that question. If you work in the medical profession then you trained and gained experience for just these types of moments. But, like the people we care for and our neighbors, we, too, have families. We’re employers, so we employ individuals who depend on jobs we provide for their livelihood. Those of us who have still been able to see patients during this crisis worry everyday about being infected and then unknowingly bringing it home to our families.

As president of the Ohio State Medical Association, I’ve assured that we remain a resource for physiciansacross Ohio, providing regular updates and information about ways to help medical professionals stay safe and still be able to provide high-quality care for our patients.

Q: Final thoughts?

A: Just to reiterate the messages that have already been encouraged. Practice good hygiene. Stay home. If you have to go out, practice social distancing. Be kind to one another. This is a significant challenge for healthcare but it is not insurmountable. I truly believe that most Ohioans are adhering to these rules and guidelines and are truly making a difference in our efforts as medical professionals to combat this virus.

And, finally, I want to send a special thank you and gratitude of appreciation to all of my physician colleagues, nurses, and other medical professionals on the frontlines of this pandemic.

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For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, help is available. Call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 (1-800-846-8517 TTY); connect with a trained counselor through the Ohio Crisis TextLine by texting the keyword “4HOPE” to 741 741; or call the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services helpline at 1-877-275-6364 to find resources in your community.


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We’re #InThisTogetherOhio

COLUMBUS – Today, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced a list of community partners around the state that have joined together to help registered voters get the resources they need to vote-by-mail in the 2020 primary election. These organizations are working hard to educate voters, provide vote-by-mail applications to their specific audiences, and build awareness of Ohio’s vote-by-mail primary election.

“Throughout this crisis, Ohio has once again cemented its place as a national leader,” said LaRose. “We’re at our best when we work together, and these organizations have stepped up to make sure Ohioans will have their voice heard.”


Secretary LaRose and his team have long embraced a model of cultivating relationships outside of government in order to strengthen civic engagement, and this is certainly no exception. Organizations interested in helping with the effort to help Ohioans vote-by-mail should contact Secretary LaRose’s Director of Community Engagement and Initiatives, Monique Cox Moore, at or (614) 254-4057.

Dear Community Partners, Residents, and Businesses,
We are in an unprecedented time of challenge for Toledo and Lucas County. Governor DeWine has issued a “stay at home” order that requires all Ohioans to stay at home, and limit trips outside the home to essential work and errands. It is important that we take this order seriously to stop community spread of COVID-19. We are at a critical point in our fight to stop the spread of this virus, and we must follow the governor’s order.
I am reaching out to you and to all community partners who play a significant role in ensuring critical information is disseminated. Please share the details below while adhering to the state’s “stay at home” order and social distancing guidelines.
COVID-19 Questions and Help
  • The 24/7 Lucas County Community COVID-19 Call Lines Numbers are: 419 251-4000 (English only) and 419-291-5355 (multilingual).
  • The Ohio Department of Health website is www.Coronavirus.Ohio.Govand the Ohio Department of Health hotline is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH. (1-833-427-5634)
  • TELEHEALTH: Every health system in Lucas County is expanding access to TELEHEALTH programs. Please check with your insurance provider about ways you can see your doctor for non COVID-19 related items while not having to leave your house.
  • United Way 2-1-1 is a free, 24/7 health and human service referral resource available to all residents across Lucas, Wood, and Ottawa County. This non-medical, non-emergency system can connect community members to thousands of resources pertaining to food assistance, housing / shelter, employment, clothing, utilities, etc. You can connect with 2-1-1 by dialing two, one, one; text your zip code to 898-211; instant message by visiting
  • Senior Citizens: Contact the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio at 419-382-0624 or by email at, or visit for information, if you know of someone who is in need of assistance, or for details about service availability.
  • Toledo Public Schools is offering free meals for students between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday through Friday at Jones Leadership Academy, Bowsher High School, McKinley/DeVilbiss, Rogers High School, Scott High School, Start High School, Waite High School, and Woodward High School. It is a drive through service and parents must call 211 to reserve. More information at
Business Resources
Public Assistance Programs
  • The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services received approval for waivers from the federal programs administered in Lucas County.
  • SNAP recertifications have been suspended for the months of March, April, and May and benefits set to be redetermined during that period will be extended for six months.
  • ABAWD requirements have been waived until one month after the end of the state of emergency.
  • Additional SNAP dollars will become available for those receiving benefits. More details to come.
  • Information for unemployment benefits, which allows for online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is at It is also possible to file by phone at 877-644-6562 or TTY at 888- 642-8203, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Employers with questions should email
All City of Toledo points of access for customer service are closed. Here is a list of city and other services affected by COVID-19:
  • The city of Toledo will not shut off water service for nonpayment while we are working to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will reconnect water service to any occupied residence in the Toledo service area that has been disconnected previously for non-payment. If you need your water service turned back on, please call Engage Toledo at 419-936-2020.
  • All late fees for water bills have been suspended.
City Taxes
  • The city of Toledo is developing a plan to extend the deadline to pay city taxes.
Code Enforcement
  • Continue to call Engage Toledo at 419-936-2020 to report code violations such as illegal dumping.
  • The city will issue appropriate orders for high priority violations. Lower priority items will be held until after the stay-at-home order is lifted. The city will not issue violation notices unless it is a high priority. (High priority items include life safety issues, requests from Toledo Fire and Toledo Police, unsecured structures, immediate collapse or imminent danger, fire, emergency demolitions, and compromised structural integrity.)
Trash and Recycling Pickup
  • Trash and recycling pickup will continue as usual. Any questions on collection, please call Engage Toledo at 419-936-2020.
  • The City of Toledo’s Hoffman Road Landfill is closed to the general public until further notice. Alternatives for waste disposal include:
  1. Brooklyn North Recycling, 4242 Creekside Ave., which will accept construction and demolition debris, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 419-476-0655 for pricing and details.
  2. Republic Services’, Vienna Junction Landfill, 6196 Hagman Rd., which will accept construction, demolition debris, and household trash from Toledo residents. Call 419-726-9465 for hours and pricing.
  3. Waste Management – Evergreen Recycling and Disposal Facility, 2625 East Broadway, Northwood, Ohio 43619. Call 866-909-4458 for details, hours, and pricing.
Building Inspections
  • Anyone who needs to file a permit or schedule an inspection should visit or call 419-245-1220.
Toledo Police
  • Toledo Police and Toledo Fire & Rescue Department continue to respond to 911 calls for emergency services.
  • When calling 911, please advise the operator if you have a known or suspected COVID-19 exposure.
  • We ask residents to utilize the Telephone Reporting Unit (TRU) and the online reporting system whenever possible. To contact TRU, dial 419-245-3340 and ask for a callback from TRU. You can fill out a police report online at Some officers will be temporarily reassigned to expand these units and shorten wait times.
Toledo Fire & Rescue
  • Due to the fact that Toledo Fire & Rescue is limiting public access to fire stations, those in need of a smoke alarm should contact the American Red Cross at 844-207-4509.
City Community Centers and Senior Centers
  • The city-owned community centers that will be closed for nonessential services include the East Toledo Family Center, the Aurora Gonzales Community and Family Resource Center, the Sofia Quintero Art and Culture Center, Friendship Park Community Center, the Frederick Douglass Community Center, and the Toledo Police Athletic League Building.
  • City-owned senior centers – including the East Toledo Senior Center, the Chester J. Zablocki Senior Community Center, and the Eleanor Kahle Senior Center – are closed.
  • Playgrounds are closed. Maintain social distancing while at any park.
Public hearings impacted by the closures
  • The Toledo-Lucas County Plan Commissions has postponed all hearings though the month of April.
  • After consultation with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the City of Toledo Department of Neighborhoods mandatory CDBG, ESG, and HOME funds public hearings for the 2020-21 Annual Plan and the 2020-2025 Consolidated Plan have been rescheduled. The meetings scheduled for March 23 and April are canceled. New hearing dates will be released when scheduled.
  • For information on all Toledo and Lucas County court schedules go to
Thank you,
Wade Kapszukiewicz
Mayor, City of Toledo







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Mercy cares about the health of moms and babies!

BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program™

We are pleased to inform you that Mercy Health is now offering the BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program™ to pregnant women. The FREE evidenced-based, prenatal/postpartum program:

o Assists pregnant smokers in quitting and staying quit.

o Is available to any pregnant smoker or tobacco user, no age or income eligibility. This includes pregnant women who stopped smoking up to three months of becoming pregnant.

o Provides four, 15-minute prenatal cessation counseling sessions. If tobacco free at prenatal visits 3 and 4, women receive a $25.00 diaper voucher at each visit.

o Provides twelve, 5-minute postpartum counseling visits, 1 per month for up to 12 months. If tobacco free, women receive a $25.00 diaper voucher at each visit.

o Allows a support partner who smokes and lives with the pregnant woman to enroll into the program, if applicable. This provides women with double the diaper vouchers, if the support partner also quits smoking.

Research has proven that smoking remains the most common preventable cause of pregnancy complications and death among infants. Babies born to women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to be premature and underweight.

Women enrolled in the BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program receive proven tools to assist them in successfully quitting smoking and staying quit following delivery.

For more information or to enroll in the program please contact Corinna Ortiz at 419/251-2406 or Glenda Koonce at 419 251 2458.

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Health Department Launches Community Survey on
Tobacco and Smoke-Free Policies
While tobacco use and smoking rates have declined in Lucas County, the
problem still exists in our community. The Ohio Department of Health
reports that 21% of Lucas County Adults (18+) are current smokers.
To reduce the number of tobacco users, state and local health agencies across
Ohio are working together on policy implementation to reduce tobacco use
and initiation among youth and adults.
The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department’s Tobacco Prevention Program
is conducting an online survey to gather community input on tobacco
(including electronic cigarettes) and smoke-free policies in Lucas County.
The feedback from the community will allow the Tobacco Prevention
Program to gauge community approval and empower the program to move
forward on improving the health of Lucas County residents.
The survey is available on the Health Department’s website at: and can be accessed directly:

For additional information, please contact Safa Ibrahim, Tobacco Prevention
Program Coordinator, at 419-213-4120.


Opioid Addiction Hotline

If you or someone you love has an addiction to pain medications, is using these medications in a way that puts them at risk of addiction, or has an addiction to other substances there IS help available.

If you or someone you love is having a mental health crisis or is in need of someone to talk to you can text for help.

  • CRISIS TEXT LINE: Text 4hope to 741741 and a trained crisis counselor will text you within five minutes to confidentially assist
  • Signs of Overdose

    Signs of overdose include the following:

    • No response when you shake the person or call their name
    • Not breathing
    • Slow or shallow breathing (less than one breath every six seconds)
    • Pinpoint pupils
    • No response when you shake the person or rub their sternum with your knuckles
    • Choking, snoring, or gurgling sounds
    • Blue, grey, or ashen lips and fingernails
    • Slow, irregular pulse
    • No pulse
    • Vomiting
    • Seizures