Spring is in the air, the trees have started to bud, and flowers are beginning to show their colors. This is a wonderful time of the year and we are all looking forward to summer. Over the past few months, BVHS has administered 20,000 vaccine doses and will continue at this pace, in hopes that this summer can resume some sense of normalcy.
Although we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, we are not there. We have seen our COVID-19 positive rates increase these past few weeks as well as our inpatient volume. With spring break, early vacations and people on the move with the beautiful weather, there is concern that our COVID-19 numbers will continue to climb.
At the time of this note, 27.3% or 20,686 Hancock County residents have received the vaccine. This is great progress towards the 75,783 residents that live in the county. If you have volunteered, staffed or supported the vaccine clinics at BVHS in any way, I can’t express how much we truly appreciate your time, energy and effort. You truly are saving lives and helping us turn the corner of this pandemic.
Our family of professionals continues to see COVID-19 inpatient and outpatient cases every day. We are still all ‘hands on deck.” BVHS will be supporting a second dose mass vaccination clinic on April 10 at the Koehler Center on the campus of the University of Findlay.
Lastly, In the very near future, “under construction” signage will identify the site of the new inpatient and community pharmacy. The latest bricks and mortar addition is located on the first floor of the Donnell Patient Pavilion, adjacent to the Healing Grounds coffee shop. Stay tuned for updates about this exciting project!
As the sun continues to shine on our community, I hope you and your family members are able to go outside, take a walk and enjoy the spring air. Each step benefits your physical and mental well-being.
Myron D. Lewis
Blanchard Valley Health System
President & CEO