“If you know someone or you happen to be Medicaid eligible, only at the Juneteenth celebration, CareSource and Ohio Medicaid is sponsoring some incentives for people to get the vaccine,” he said.
The incentives include a $50 Walmart gift card, and everyone who gets vaccinated there will be entered into a drawing to get a free month’s worth of rent and utilities. People who are not Medicaid eligible but still get the vaccine at the event, could get gift cards from Lee’s Famous Recipe or Speedway, and will also be entered to win a door prize.
Michele Hemphill, Marketing Director for the Villa Springfield Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, was Patterson’s guest at this week’s coronavirus update, saying she thinks the incentives are the companies’ way to give back and motivate people to get involved.
“I think it’s partly to keep our community safe... and I think the other reasons would be to let them know it’s safe to have it done,” Hemphill said.
Patterson agreed, saying he feels the companies want the community to be safer and help get back to normal, which he said relates to something the health department has been talking about.
Patterson went on to ask the community for their feedback on if they are interested in the health district continuing their weekly updates.
“One thing we’ve been talking about at the health district is for us to consider continuing our Facebook lives into the future, not just to talk about COVID, but to talk about other public health concerns in our community,” he said. “We’d love to hear your feedback on if that’s something that you’re interested in.”
Patterson said if you want to give feedback on the weekly updates to email the CCCHD at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clark County had 14,235 cases and 306 deaths of the coronavirus as of Friday afternoon, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
As of Friday,57,154 vaccination shots had been given in Clark County, according to ODH. Over 42% of the county’s total population has received at least one shot. Over 39% has been fully vaccinated.
Facts & Figures
14,235: Number of coronavirus cases as of Friday in Clark County
306: Number of coronavirus deaths as of Friday in Clark County
57,154: Number of vaccination shots given in Clark County
39: Percentage of Clark County residents who have been fully vaccinated