Saturday series explains how to age in place

From OPTIMAL AGING INSTITUTE Bowling Green State University’s Optimal Aging Institute will present a Saturday morning series on Aging in Place, April 7, 21, and 28 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Wood County District Public Library. Participants will learn about universal design, preventing falls, no-cost/ low-cost ideas for modifications, safety checklist to evaluate your current home, zero-step entries, how to improve your lighting, bathroom/kitchen renovations, resale considerations, and more. Our moderator and chief presenter is Joy Potthoff, Ed.D, retired interior design educator and co-chair of the League of Women Voters BG Committee on Senior Concerns; she is assisted by Paula Davis, director of the BGSU Optimal Aging Institute. Program #1: Saturday, April 7, 10-11:30 a.m. In this first session, Dr. Potthoff will introduce universal design’s chief features, and participants will receive a checklist to identify problems in their own homes. Guest speaker Lauri R. Oakes, RN, MBA, Joint Replacement Nurse Navigator at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, will discuss how to keep your body healthy and strong to avoid falls – and how to keep our pets from sending us to the hospital! Program #2: Saturday, April 21, 10-11:30 a.m. (NOTE — NO program on April 14!) Dr. Potthoff is joined today by interior designer Sharon Gargasz; together they will discuss lighting, furniture, entries, and room modifications. Lisa Myers, LISW-S, Director of Social Services, Wood Co. Committee on Aging, will share options available for funding aging in place. Participants will also receive information from the National Council on Aging about reverse mortgages. Program #3: Saturday, April 28, 10-11:30 a.m. In this final segment, Dr. Potthoff will complete our discussion of home modifications. Joining her will be Bill Abbott from W H Abbott, Finish Carpenter/ Home Remodeling, and Al Green, Broker, A.A. Green Realty, who will answer your questions about remodeling for aging in place, and how that might affect your home in the real estate market. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUESTED by April 4, for planning purposes; however, all are welcome. To register, go to Questions? Please call the BGSU Optimal Aging Institute at 419-372-8244.

BGSU to hold Public Health Symposium, April 12

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University will hold its third annual Public Health Symposium, focusing on superbugs, antibiotic resistance and their effects on the general public, April 12. The symposium will feature three speakers, including Shannon Manning from Michigan State University as this year’s Ned E. Baker Keynote Speaker, which was established to honor contributions in the field of public health. Manning’s current research focuses on the molecular epidemiology, evolutionary genetics and pathogenesis of bacterial pathogens. She has contributed to more than 75 publications and book chapters in the field of public health, and she currently serves as an ad hoc reviewer for the National Institutes of Health. Amanda Smith, the Ohio Department of Health Antibiotic Stewardship program director, and Hans Wildschutte, a BGSU associate professor of biology, will also speak during the symposium, which includes a Q&A session. Smith has experience working on the infectious diseases unit of a pediatric hospital and as an infection control preventionist in a dialysis clinic. Wildschutte’s research is mainly directed at understanding the impact of environmental factors on the emergence of multi-drug resistant pathogens, as well as the use of natural bacteria as a possible source of novel antibiotic discovery. The symposium, which will be held from 8 a.m. to noon in 308 Bowen-Thompson Student Union, is hosted by BGSU’s College and Health and Human Services. Admission to the symposium is $40, with free entry to all Board of Health members, local health department employees in Ohio and Michigan, and BGSU and University of Toledo faculty and students. The symposium will also offer continuing education units for certified health education specialists, nurses, sanitarians and long-term care administrators. Registration is required by visiting or calling 419-372-6040.

Wood County Hospital offers new treatment option for addicts in withdrawal

From WOOD COUNTY HOSPITAL Wood County Hospital is now offering medical stabilization services to help people overcome withdrawal symptoms from drug and alcohol addictions through New Vision™ medical stabilization service. “Wood County Hospital is excited to offer this program in partnership with New Vision. As the numbers of patients struggling with drug and alcohol abuse increase, the Hospital more frequently receives patients suffering from medical comorbidities as well as addiction. This service will help those patients medically stabilize so that they are better able to enter substance abuse treatment. We are blessed to have many behavioral health treatment agencies in Wood County, and hope that by having this service we can more effectively collaborate with them.” – Stan Korducki, President,Wood County Hospital. The New Vision™ service serves adults with a medically supervised hospital stay for inpatient stabilization, which usually lasts three days. The inpatient stay will include prescreening, assessment, admission, medical stabilization and discharge planning. Upon admission, an assessment will be completed with an evaluation of the patient’s medical history, a physical, a laboratory workup and nursing assessment. Discharge planning will occur prior to leaving the hospital; the patient will be referred to appropriate community-based treatment programs to help prevent relapse and continue their treatment. New Vision™, a hospital-based medical stabilization and withdrawal management service, is provided through a partnership with SpecialCare Hospital Management Corporation of St. Charles, MO, and is currently offered in many hospitals across the United States. SpecialCare has been providing inpatient medical stabilization in collaboration with short-term acute care hospitals for over 25 years. More information can be found at For more information about the New Vision™ medical stabilization service please contact New Vision at Wood County Hospital Monday through Friday at (419) 728-0604.

Very few people suffering from mental illness are violent

From NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR MENTAL HEALTH The mass shootings in recent months and years have brought the subject of mental illness to the forefront. Though a dialogue about mental illness is useful and timely, it is unfortunate that in the wake of school shootings the public tends to associate mental illness with violence.  Organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness want to point out that people with mental illness rarely become violent. Mental illness contributes to only 4 percent of all violence, and its role in gun violence is even lower (Swanson et al, “Mental Illness and Reduction of Gun Violence and Suicide: Bringing Epidemiologic Research to Policy,” Annals of Epidemiology 25 (2015) 366-376.) Mental illness is common; according to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in five Americans suffers from a mental illness at any given time. But violence by people with mental illness is not. As a 2011 Harvard Mental Health Letter states: “Most individuals with psychiatric disorders are not violent. Although a subset of people with psychiatric disorders commits assault and violent crimes, finding have been inconsistent about how much mental illness contributes to this behavior and how much substance abuse and other factors do.” People living with mental illnesses—depression and anxiety disorders as well as severe and chronic mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder—are our family, friends, and neighbors. With the proper treatment, they can live happy and productive lives and contribute to the community. While mental illnesses are not curable in the sense that contagious diseases can be cured, they can be managed the way diabetes can be. Treatment works, if people can get it. Sadly, shame and fear often keep people from the treatment that can change their lives. The stigma that still haunts mental illness makes affected individuals afraid to ask for help lest they be labeled “crazy.” Associating violence with mental illness only strengthens this stigma. People living with mental illness are far more likely to become victims of crime than to commit crimes. And, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, the…

Luck of the Irish won’t help drunk drivers

From SAFE COMMUNITIES OF WOOD COUNTY St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the nation’s most popular times to celebrate and party. Unfortunately, too many people are taking to the roads after drinking alcohol, making this holiday also one of the most dangerous. In fact, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays on the road our nation’s roads. During the 2012-2016 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18), 269 lives were lost due in drunk- driving crashes. In 2016, drunk driving killed more than 10,000 people in our country, and every single one of those deaths was preventable. To keep the roads safer, Wood County Safe Communities is reaching out with an important life-saving message and warning: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. If you plan to celebrate with alcohol this St. Patrick’s Day, follow these tips to stay safer:  Before celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, decide whether you’ll drink or you’ll drive. You can’t do both.  If you’re planning on driving, commit to staying sober. If you’ve been out drinking and then get behind the wheel, you run the risk of causing a crash or getting arrested for a DUI.  Help those around you be responsible, too. Walking while intoxicated can be deadly, as lack of attention could put you at risk of getting hit by a vehicle.  If someone you know is drinking, do not let him or her get behind the wheel.  If you see someone who appears to be driving drunk, pull over to a safe location and call the police. Your actions could help save a life. Remember this St. Patrick’s Day: Plan Before You Party! Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

Wood County youth vaping more, drinking alcohol less

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Local teens are downing more caffeinated energy drinks and inhaling more vapors. But fewer are using alcohol, painkillers, cigarettes, cocaine, meth and steroids. More than 10,000 students, in all of county’s public schools’ grades 5 to 12, responded to the biennial Wood County Youth Survey coordinated by Dr. Bill Ivoska. For those who question the wisdom of trusting kids to tell the truth on the surveys, Ivoska wholeheartedly agrees. “Kids lie. We know kids lie,” Ivoska said Friday morning as presented the findings of the survey to its sponsors, the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Services Board, the Wood County Educational Service Center, and the Wood County Prevention Coalition. The anonymous surveys are designed to catch kids who were fibbing. For example, students who reported using drugs with made-up names were booted from the results. Kids who reported to using all drugs, all the time, had their surveys tossed out. What was left were survey results that local experts feel accurately reflect drug, alcohol, and mental health issues faced by Wood County students. In some ways, the surveys reveal a “whack-a-mole” problem. When local services focus on one issue, that problem decreases. Meanwhile, another problem arises.  For example, local teens have faced heavy-duty warnings about smoking for years. The survey shows the results of that, with cigarette use down 84 percent in teens from 2004 to the present. “Think of the long-term health benefits for those kids,” Ivoska said. Local efforts have been so successful, that the results stand out as better than national trends. “Rates of decline in Wood County are sharper and faster,” Ivoska said. “We’re closing that gateway.” But when one gate closes, another one opens. Vaping has seen a 17 percent increase in use among seniors in the last two year. “Vaping is in a honeymoon period right now,” he said. Many teens consider vaping as a healthy alternative to cigarettes, especially with harmless sounding flavors like “bubblegum.” Vaping is also more difficult for people to identify among users. “You…

Health district investigates possible sickening of people at fundraiser

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Wood County Health District is investigating the possible sickening of guests at a fundraising event Saturday at Glass City Boardwalk. The health district has received reports of 10 to 15 people becoming ill after attending an event for the “We Are Outdoors” organization on Saturday evening. The number of people sickened is actually close to 100, according to a person who attended the event and suffered from stomach and intestinal problems afterwards. So the health district’s sanitarians and epidemiologist are trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together to determine what may have caused people to get sick, according to Lana Glore, director of the environmental division at the health district. “We have just started our investigation,” Glore said Wednesday morning, after being notified by a few people late on Tuesday of their sickness. “It’s real preliminary right now.” A health district sanitarian inspected Glass City Boardwalk, at 27820 East Broadway Road, in Moline, Wednesday morning. The business hosts events such as wedding receptions, corporate gatherings, conventions and seminars. The sanitarian collected information on any sick employees, food handling practices, food temperatures, and food storage. The menu for the Saturday evening fundraiser was reportedly steak, potatoes, green beans and salad prepared by Glass City Boardwalk. Dessert was a sheet cake from Kroger in Perrysburg. The next step in the investigation involves health district epidemiologist Connor Rittwage interviewing those attending the event who were sickened, and look for commonalities in the items they ate that evening. Samples are reportedly being sought to send to Columbus for possible pathogens. An estimated 300 people attended the event, which was the inaugural fundraiser for “We Are Outdoors,” a group that combines the interest of hunters and fisherman with the concerns of environmentalists and conservationists. “Now we just have to put pieces together,” Glore said. Glore was uncertain if any of those who became ill had to be hospitalized. She said that past sanitarian inspections at the business had not shown any significant problems. Anyone who became ill after attending the…

Opioid war being waged, with casualties close to home

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   The chief toxicologist with Lucas County Coroner’s Office studies death for a living. He has never seen anything like the opiate epidemic. “There has never, ever, ever, ever been anything in our country like this,” Dr. Robert Forney said Sunday during an opioid forum sponsored by the Eastwood Community Improvement Corporation and led by Dr. Ted Bowlus, a Wood County commissioner and physician. “We are killing more people every year than we lost in the Vietnam War,” Forney said at the meeting held in Pemberville. The death statistics are similar to a 737 crashing each day. “The numbers are just unbelievable.” Forney’s toxicology work covers 21 counties, including Wood. In 2010, his office saw eight opioid deaths. By 2017, that number had jumped to 350. “There are going to be more in 2018,” he predicted. Others on the panel are working to prevent those numbers from growing in Wood County. Most recently, Wood County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Dobson set up the Addiction Response Collaborative. “There is an industry out there that hates what we’re doing here today,” Dobson said of the illegal drug trade. “We’re at war with that industry.” Dobson, who lost a stepson to opiate overdose, said his office takes that war seriously. “We’re one of the most aggressive offices prosecuting drug dealers who kill their buyers.” But that isn’t enough, he added. “In a war, we take in the refugees.” That’s where ARC comes in. Belinda Brooks and Deputy Ryan Richards work with ARC to keep track of opiate addicts and give them every opportunity to get clean. For Richards, that means random checks. “I want to make sure he knows I’m watching him.” For Brooks, that means getting the addicts set up with Medicaid and other services. “We stay with them for the long haul. It’s so easy for them to relapse,” said Brooks, whose daughter was an opiate addict. Since ARC started in November, the program has worked with 15 addicts – 14 who are still sober, she said. More than 80…

Dozens ready to go bald for a cause at BGSU St. Baldrick’s event

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of children’s cancer research, will host one of its signature head-shaving events at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union at Bowling Green State University Feb. 18, when more than 60 people will shave their heads to raise money for lifesaving childhood cancer research. The event will include barbers from Ambrosia Salon & Spa, Bowling Green Mayor Richard Edwards, BGSU Interim President Dr. Rodney Rogers, BGSU Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost Dr. Thomas Gibson, the St. Baldrick’s Honored Family the Roszmans, additional speakers, musical performances and a raffle. Over the past 6 years, BGSU has raised more than $108,000 for St. Baldrick’s, shaving 635 heads and donating 343 ponytails. Every 2 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer worldwide, and in the U.S. one in five kids diagnosed won’t survive. Those who do survive often suffer long-term effects from treatments too harsh for their developing bodies. As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, St. Baldrick’s is leading the charge to take childhood back from cancer. From its beginnings, St. Baldrick’s has believed that kids deserve the chance to be kids – fun-loving, carefree, refreshingly honest, and always a little goofy – and deserve the chance at a healthy future. That’s why donations raised at events like this have made it possible for St. Baldrick’s to fund more than $232 million to support the best childhood cancer research, wherever it takes place. About St. Baldrick’s Foundation As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation believes that kids are special and deserve to be treated that way. St. Baldrick’s is leading the charge to take childhood back from cancer by funding some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts who are working to find cures and better treatments for all childhood cancers. Kids need treatments as unique as they are – and that starts with funding research just for them. Join us at to help support the best cancer treatment for kids.

Hospital, chamber team up to offer blood analysis screenings

From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Wood County Hospital and the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce will host their 14th Annual Blood Analysis Program on Saturday, April 28 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Wood County Hospital. This comprehensive blood analysis screening is for multiple health risk indicators including but not limited to kidney function, electrolytes, liver function and lipid profile and requires a 10 hour fast. Additional available tests are PSA for men and TSH (thyroid) for men and women. Cost of the program is $50 for BG Chamber Investors and $60 for Non-Investors, with $25 each for the additional tests. Blood pressure checks are also offered. The results of this fasting blood test should be used as a guide to determine your current health status and to make positive changes in diet, exercise or lifestyle to enhance your well-being. The screening should not take the place of routine physicals. Although normal ranges are listed, only you and your physician can establish what is normal for you. A report providing all test results will be sent to the participant or his/her physician. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce and Wood County Hospital Foundation Scholarship Funds. The Wood County Hospital Foundation Scholarship is designated for full-time undergraduate students at BGSU. The scholarship is awarded annually to one student. The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Scholarship is a $2,000 award that is given annually to one Chamber-affiliated student for their study at BGSU. Appointments are required. Starting now, you can call the Chamber office at (419) 353-7945 to schedule an appointment. Registration will be taken until April 13th, or until all spots are filled. Prepayment is required at time of registration by cash, check or credit card, and must be paid prior to event.

Federal funding in limbo for community health center

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   The uncertain status of federal funding for community health centers across the U.S. has left some local public health officials with a sick feeling. After several delays and missed deadlines, Congress did pass funding for CHIP – the Children’s Health Insurance Program – which provides matching funds to states for health insurance to families with children. Public health officials understood that the CHIP funding would be approved along with the federal funding for community health centers that serve low income patients. “That didn’t happen,” said Joanne Navin, a retired nurse practitioner from Bowling Green, who serves as board president for the Wood County Community Health and Wellness Center. The health center, located at the Wood County Health District on East Gypsy Lane Road, Bowling Green, was expected to get the $1.1 million promised by the federal government for 2018. With those funds last year, the center served about 1,500 unduplicated patients, making more than 3,700 visits for services such as pediatric, immunizations, screenings, chronic diseases, lab services, plus seniors, women’s and men’s care. “It is just frightening that the federal government is denying health care to citizens of this country,” Navin said. “They are playing politics with it.” Though the community health center accepts private pay patients, the primary purpose of the facility is to provide health care to low income, Medicaid patients. Patients pay on a sliding fee scale, explained Diane Krill, chief executive officer of the community health center. The lack of federal funding for 2018 has led to the facility not filling the behavioral specialist position that was vacated after a person retired last year, Krill said. The looming funding question is very frustrating for Krill, who expected the federal government to live up to its promises. “I see the stats out there,” Krill said, referring to the number of people served across the nation at community health centers. The failure to act on the funding has put at risk 9 million patients’ access to health care, 50,000 jobs, and nearly 3,000 health center…

Forum in Pemberville to discuss opioid crisis, Feb. 11

Submitted on behalf of EASTWOOD COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT CORPORATION An Opioid Forum and Panel Discussion: Prevention Through Education will be held Sunday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. at the Pemberville Legion Hall, 405 E. Front St., Pemberville. The event was organized by Dr. Ted Bowlus (Wood County Commissioner) and sponsored by the Eastwood Community Improvement Corporation (the intent to preserve the communities of Eastwood School District). Dr. Robert Forney (Chief Toxicologist, Lucas County Coroner’s Office) will be keynote speaker. Presentations will be offered on: How serious is this problem? What is addiction? What is Wood County doing about it? What can the public do? Panel Discussion will address questions from the public. Speakers Include: Paul Dobson – Wood County Prosecutor, Director of the Addiction Response Collaborative (ARC) Belinda Brooks – Addiction Response Collaborative (ARC) Ryan Richards – Addiction Response Collaborative (ARC) Tom Clemons – Executive Director of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board Aimee Coe – Director of Community Programs (ADAMHS Board) Kyle Clark – Director of the Wood County Educational Services Center Milan Karna – Wood County Prevention Coalition Coordinator Eric Reynolds – Wood County Deputy Sheriff Dr. Ted Bowlus – Wood County Commission, Board Certified Physician, adjunct professor of Neuroscience Nancy Orel – Professor Emeritus (BGSU), Executive Director of Research, Optimal Aging Institute (BGSU) For more information; Call Dr. Bowlus at 419-351-4091  

Free dental care for kids offered, Feb. 2

Submitted by GIVE KIDS A SMILE . On Friday, February 2, 2018, members of the Toledo Dental Society will provide free dental care to hundreds of Northwest Ohio children at three locations as part of the annual “Give Kids a Smile” program. As many as 400 children will receive free dental care, including simple teeth cleanings, fillings and even tooth extractions. This is the fifteenth year that the Toledo Dental Society has locally sponsored the “Give Kids a Smile” program. The American Dental Association created “Give Kids a Smile” in 2003 as a way to raise awareness of the importance of dental care for disadvantaged children. Dentists and hygienists will provide the care for children up to and including age 18, from 8 AM until 5 PM, at these three locations. Appointments fill quickly. Call as soon as possible. The Dental Center of Northwest Ohio 2138 Madison Avenue, Toledo, OH. Appointments: (419) 241-6215 U.T.M.C. Dental Residency Program, Main Hospital 2nd floor – Clinic 2-A 3000 Arlington Avenue, Toledo. Appointments: (419) 383-3504y 1 in 4 children aged 2 to 11 years has untreated cavities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Poor diet and lack of adequate oral hygiene are largely responsible. The National Institutes of Health report that 80 percent of tooth decay is found in just 25 percent of children. # The Owens Community College Dental Hygiene Clinic, 2nd floor of Health Technology Hall (The tall building with the big “O” sign at the top) 30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg, OH. Appointments: (567) 661-7294 The need for pediatric dental care is great. Nearly 1 in 4 children aged 2 to 11 years has untreated cavities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Poor diet and lack of adequate oral hygiene are largely responsible. The National Institutes of Health report that 80 percent of tooth decay is found in just 25 percent of children.

BG Middle School ‘Ending the Silence’ on mental health

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Silence can be soothing – but not if it allows warning signs and the stigma surrounding mental health issues to go unnoticed. Bowling Green Middle School counselors Debra Ondrus and Alyssa Santacroce presented a program to the board of education Tuesday evening about “Ending the Silence at BGMS.” The school partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Wood County to focus on emotional and mental health. National statistics show that one in five Americans suffer from mental health issues, Santacroce said. For students, those problems can affect their academics and daily lives. Bowling Green Middle School is the first school in Wood County to work with NAMI to offer this for students, Ondrus said. Staff and students worked together to recognize the signs of mental health problems. Through the program, they tackled the topics of: Decreasing the stigma Identifying warning signs Finding positive coping skills Treating the problem Recognizing signs of suicide Students not only talked about how to help themselves, but also how to help others who are suffering. “I was amazed,” Ondrus said of the ideas students came up with to help others. One student vowed to stop calling other people “crazy.” Another wanted to start reaching out to those in obvious distress. The students learned that mental illness is not a life sentence, Ondrus said. “Just like a physical illness, mental illness is treatable.” One area that Santacroce and Ondrus found especially lacking was the area of positive coping techniques. When students were asked to identify how they cope with life stresses, their answers primarily focused on playing video games, watching TV or using their cell phones. Students were given ideas of other stress relievers, given information on area resources and were reassured, “there is help,” Ondrus said. A video called “If we all speak loud enough,” stressed that mental illness needs to be talked about in the open. To understand the impact of the “Ending the Silence” program, all the students were given pre- and post-tests with questions about identifying signs…

Flu season packs a punch with a feverish pitch

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   This season’s flu strain is packing a punch and is showing no sign of giving up anytime soon. Though no “outbreaks” have been reported yet in Wood County, the flu has many local residents coughing, with fevers and headaches. On top of that, the H3N2 strain that is hitting throughout the U.S. also brings with it vomiting and diarrhea. “It’s a bad flu season, said Alex Aspacher, community outreach coordinator with the Wood County Health District. Part of the reason is that the H2N3 strain blanketing the country is resistant to the immunizations that many Americans got to ward off the flu. “The vaccine is a little less effective against that strain,” Aspacher said. Doctors’ offices and hospitals are required to report flu cases to the health district. As of last week, 38 Wood County residents had been hospitalized due to the flu. Public health officials realize there are many more local residents suffering from the flu who tough it out and do not seek medical care. No deaths have been reported in Wood County, though Lucas County has seen one child and three adults die from the flu this season. Those most susceptible to the H3N2 flu strain are people with weakened immune systems, the elderly and children. Some Toledo area emergency rooms are struggling to handle all the flu cases flooding through their doors. Some hospitals have asked that flu sufferers seek care at other sites like urgent care centers, to relieve the demands on emergency rooms. Wood County Hospital Emergency Department is handling the increased patient load so far. “We are getting several flu cases,” said emergency department nursing supervisor Renee Baker. “They are right on track with other years.” The symptoms being seen at the Wood County ER include respiratory issues and “a lot of nausea,” she said. “So far we’ve been able to handle it. We haven’t had to divert anyone,” Baker said. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found widespread influenza in all states except Hawaii and the…