RICHLAND PUBLIC HEALTH RETURNED TO FULL SERVICE WITH PHONE AND INTERNET AT 1 P.M. TODAY (Monday, Feb. 25, 2019)

Richland County — Richland Public Health has returned to full services following power being restored at 1:00 p.m. Monday. Phones and internet are also back in service.

High sustained winds and associated downed power lines caused the power to go out at Richland Public Health at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Emergency protocols were in place to save valuable vaccines that must remain refrigerated.

Many individuals in Richland County remain without power. Richland Public Health is sending out reminders about food safety on its website and social media.

  • Freezers will keep your food cold for 24 hours if you don’t open them. If you see signs of thawing, use the food. Cook it soon.
  • Refrigerator foods should be checked for temperature. Keep the door closed as much as possible. Foods should remain at 40 degrees or less to be considered safe. Any potentially hazardous foods above 40 degrees for greater than two hours should be thrown away. This would include milk, sour cream, yogurt, soy milk, (butter is safe), soft cheeses, fresh or hard-cooked eggs and egg dishes, cut fresh fruits (fruit juice and fresh fruits are safe), cooked vegetables (raw vegetables are safe), potato salads, pasta and pasta salads, refrigerator rolls, biscuits, cookie dough, cream-filled pastries, and cheese-filled or custard pies.
  • For additional questions, please call Environmental Health at 419-774-4520

Guidance for Food Service operations is in the attached document from the Ohio Department of Health Food Safety Program.

Richland Public Health has food safety inspectors out visiting restaurants to provide assistance.