City of Kent is looking to make health inspections more transparent

By: Pamela Marotta, Kristie Graybill, and Xiafan Li In the city of Kent there is a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. Ray’s place, The Puffer Belly, Panini’s, Wild Goats Café along with many other tasty restaurant choices that all have health inspections done throughout the year. This is a way for people to have the ability to decide which restaurants are the safest to eat at. According to the city of Kent’s health department website, the restaurants that have health code violations are provided. However, it does not state which code has been violated at each individual restaurant. Chief of Kent’s Public Health Sanitarian, Jeff Smith suggests that

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Kent City Council addresses Ebola before council meeting

Kent City Council met Wednesday night to suspend and adopt a multitude of ordinances from the community development, finance, health and safety and streets side and utilities committees, but before council addressed the agenda, Kent City Health Commissioner Jeff Niestadt reported on the status of Ebola in Ohio. Amber Joy Vinson, a nurse who tended to Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of Ebola on Oct. 8, had been visiting Tallmadge family members in Tallmadge and was there for the majority of her stay. “They spent the evening in Tallmadge, not going any where,” Niestadt said. He also said the she did not go to the Kent State football game, but did go

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New Body Art Codes to Keep Public Safe

The State of Ohio passed a new code regarding tattoo parlor inspections Sept. 1, adding new regulations that will be adopted by the City of Kent. “[The change] is a big deal,” said Justin Smith, chief public health sanitarian at the City of Kent Health Department. “It’s the first time [the State of Ohio] reviewed [the code] and made important changes in years.” The new regulations represent the first revamp of Ohio’s tattoo and piercing regulation since 1998. “The new code actually had quite a bit of input from Tattoo Industry experts which may have added extra time in the development phases.” said Jeff Neistadt, health commissioner at the City

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West Nile virus positive mosquitoes found in Portage County, City of Kent taking precautions

Words by Carley Hull. Photo by Rachael Le Goubin.  The City of Kent and Portage County Health Departments are taking measures to rid the area of mosquitoes after five mosquito pools tested positive for West Nile virus. The City of Kent Health Department confirmed four positive pools, three in Kent and one in Brimfield, in August. Kent State University labs confirmed a fourth positive Kent mosquito pool last week, but results from the Ohio Department of Health are pending, said City of Kent Health Commissioner Jeff Neistadt. These are the first West Nile virus positive mosquitoes confirmed in the county. Eradicating mosquitoes Portage County Health Commissioner DuWayne Porter said that

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