ASHTABULA – The Ashtabula City Health Department has received the 2020-21 Community Service Award from Kent State University in Ashtabula for all of their hard work and care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
KSU Ashtabula Dean Susan Stocker and Julie Senita of Kent State Ashtabula presented the award last Thursday to Ashtabula City Health Commissioner Christine Hill and her staff.
“The staff so deserve this recognition, as they have worked tirelessly over the past two years to respond to the COVID pandemic,” Hill said. “Their professionalism and deep caring for this community was truly showcased.”
Hill also thanked Kent State and community partners for their support during the COVID pandemic.
“Kent State not only provided a venue for the mass vaccination clinics, but also provided staff and volunteers,” she said. “Without their support, we could not have held such successful clinics and vaccinated thousands of Ashtabula residents.”
Ashtabula Ward 1 council member Kym Foglio praised the health department for their dedication and hard work.
Ward 4 council member Jodi Mills also offered her congratulations.
City Council Speaker John Roskovics said the health department has done an outstanding job.
“The award is truly deserved,” he said. “They have done so much to protect and serve the residents of our region. Their tireless efforts have had such a positive impact on improving and saving lives.
The Ashtabula City Health Department COVID-19 Immunization Program is evolving to meet the needs of our community. Immunization clinics are offered at multiple locations across the city, drive-thru and walk-in, or by appointment through https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. These clinics will be promoted on the city’s website page, as well as on the Facebook page of the Ashtabula City Health Department.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 19,486 cases of COVID-19 in Ashtabula County, along with 1,056 hospitalizations and 395 deaths according to the ODH. Statewide, there have been 2,644,828 cases of COVID-19, 111,541 hospitalizations and 35,493 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
Ashtabula County’s new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population have been declining since late December, according to the ODH.
Longstanding recommendations like wearing masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing are still relevant, Hill said.
For more information about the Department of Health, visit www.cityofashtabula.com.
Shelley Terry is a reporter for the Star Beacon.