As of Monday afternoon, the Ohio Department of Health has reported 27,258 total cases of the virus in Clark County and 7,002 total cases in Champaign County. Clark County has seen 795 COVID-19 hospitalizations since the pandemic’s start, while Champaign County has seen 285.
Robinson said that the hospital network has a task force in place that is closely monitoring pandemic trends and the impact it may have on service delivery and offerings.
“We continue to evaluate the situation as the impact of the pandemic on our community changes. All decisions are made to prioritize the health and safety of both our patients and employees,” she said in an email.
Robinson said that Mercy Health employees in the Springfield market are not required to be vaccinated at this point, though the hospital network strongly encourages it.
“Mercy Health continues to monitor and evaluate the rapidly changing information regarding the CMS COVID-19 vaccine mandate,” she said. “We continue to strongly recommend that our employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but will not require it, in our Springfield market. This decision doesn’t change how we feel about the COVID-19 vaccine – it is safe, highly-effective and how we will move beyond this pandemic.”
Roughly 49% of Clark County’s population has completed its vaccine series as of Monday afternoon, according to ODH.
Kettering Health announced last week that elective procedures would be delayed. Affected patients will be directly notified if their surgery or procedure is postponed. This comes after Reid Health and hospital networks in Columbus postponed elective procedures in December, and two networks in the Cincinnati area also did so this week.
Premier Health will also postpone any nonemergency surgeries and procedures that require an overnight stay beginning today through Jan. 31.
By the Numbers:
49: Percentage of Clark County residents who have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series
27,258: Total number of coronavirus cases reported in Clark County
424: Total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Clark County