Recently, Governor DeWine announced that the State of Ohio would be receiving 448,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. With the influx of more becoming available, we are happy to announce that Blanchard Valley Health System has partnered with Hancock Public Health (HPH) and the University of Findlay to establish a COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic that will take place on Saturday, March 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on the clinic, please visit our website.
Thank you to our partners at the University of Findlay as well as HPH! We have come together to get as many vaccinations completed as possible. We would like to assure the community that these clinics will continue as we receive more vaccines. This clinic is proof of what can be accomplished when organizations in our community collaborate for the greater good.
It is hard to believe it has been one year since the pandemic hit the United States and Ohio. However, the vaccine provides hope. I am so proud of our BVHS associates and physicians, who are the true heroes on this health crisis's front lines. These dedicated professionals have managed to care for COVID-19 patients and all other patients in a safe, empathetic and professional manner. As we continue to navigate through this pandemic, our mission remains clear…we are dedicated to "Caring for a lifetime."
Our BVHS family of professionals is confident in the safety measures we have put into place at our many locations. Previously, you may have had a procedure or appointment canceled due to the government-regulated shutdown. We want to encourage you to schedule those appointments, either in person or through telehealth, as well as screenings and procedures. When people hold off from care, they often become sicker which leads to further medical needs. So, please do not wait and schedule your appointments and procedures. As we have said in our recent community communication, "We're open, safe and here for you."
Additionally, we want to remind the community that our fight against COVID-19 is ongoing. While the numbers of cases are decreasing, it is as vital now as ever to remain socially distant, practice hand hygiene, wear your mask and avoid large gatherings. Even those who have been vaccinated should be following these steps to avoid spreading the virus. Doing so is essential because many people in the community are still not vaccinated or maybe choosing to wait/not get vaccinated. We want to do our part in protecting others and continuing to slow the spread, while communicating to everyone that the vaccine is safe and effective. Until the governor announces we’ve reached the threshold, that Ohio gets down to 50 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people for two weeks, we will continue to remain vigilant. As measures change, we will adjust according to government guidelines.
Thank you to those who have done their part by getting vaccinated! To learn more about the vaccination clinics within our region and the involvement of BVHS in the process, please visit bvhsvaccineconnect.com.
President & CEO
Blanchard Valley Health System