Health Board Talks Local Vaping Illness & Clinton County Agreement

The Bond County Board of Health held their regular meeting Monday. Health Department Administrator Sean Eifert told the board Bond County has received its first report of severe respiratory illness leading to hospitalization as a result of vaping. The board discussed the increase in hospitalizations and even deaths across the country connected with vaping. While it is not entirely clear how the vaping leads to these lung conditions, vaping is a common thread among individuals that have been hospitalized and those that have died. Both the Illinois Department of Public Health and the CDC have issued health advisories discouraging the use of e-cigarette products.

Following an executive session, the board voted unanimously to extend their agreement with the Clinton County Health Department, which allows Eifert to spend a minimal amount of time providing administrative services to Clinton County. The extension will run through January, 2020. Through the agreement, Clinton County Health Department will reimburse Bond County Health Department for time spent.

Eifert reported to the board that cash on hand remains unchanged over the previous month. He also presented the board with the proposed county fiscal year 2020 budget, which projects an estimated surplus of $190,000. Eifert said the hope is that the surplus will partially reduce the significant deficit that has risen over the years in the department’s mental health fund.