Ohio University To Require COVID Vaccination For Students/Staff On Campus

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(ATHENS) – Ohio University has announced the requirement for all OU students and staff attending class or working on the main and all regional campuses to have a COVID vaccination.

OU President Hugh Sherman shared the following message with the Ohio University community today:

Dear Ohio University students, faculty, and staff:
If there’s one thing we know to be true, it’s that OHIO Bobcats care deeply for one another. From doctors and nurses volunteering time and talent to provide community access to vaccinations in rural areas to making sure our friends, peers and colleagues are staying engaged during times of isolation, our University community has demonstrated time and again that this is a community of care. 

Our commitment is to provide our students with the most normal college experience possible, but the reality is that as a nation, we are not as far as we hoped we would be in battling the pandemic. Public health experts are tracking an increase in cases in Ohio and on our campuses due to the extremely contagious Delta variant, and we need to do everything we can to continue to show our care and respect for one another and do our part to help keep the entire community safe and healthy.

Therefore, after thoughtful consideration, in consultation with public health experts and in agreement with many of our peer institutions across the state, all OHIO students, faculty, and staff at all locations are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 15, 2021. For vaccines that require two doses, both doses must be completed by this date. This applies to all employees, including those working remotely and all students except those enrolled exclusively in fully online programs and coursework who will not access University facilities on any campus in person.  

It’s important to note, there will be an opportunity to apply for an exemption of the vaccine requirement for medical reasons or for reasons of conscience, including ethical and moral belief or sincerely held religious beliefs. 

All students must be vaccinated or granted an exemption in order to participate in any spring semester in-person activities, including face-to-face instruction and residence life, at any location. 

Accepted COVID-19 Vaccines

Ohio University recognizes the following vaccines under this policy. 

  • Pfizer (two dose)
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (one dose) 
  • Moderna (two dose)
  • Vaccines currently approved under a WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL)  

How to Get Vaccinated 

There is no cost for the COVID-19 vaccines, and they are easy to get either by appointment or at a walk-in clinic.

I am grateful for the coordination by our team at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Health Sciences and Professions, and our local health system / public health partners to provide vaccine opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff, and the community-at-large across our campuses.  

  • Clinics are available on the Athens campus and many of the regional campuses.
  • Schedule a vaccine anywhere in Ohio online or by phone (1-833-427-5634).   

Additional details about vaccine availability can be found on our Be Safe Bobcats website.

Providing Proof of Vaccination

Students, faculty, and staff will register proof of vaccination through the COVID-19 Testing Pathway Program.

  • If you have already selected the Vaccination Pathway and uploaded your vaccine card, thank you. No further action is necessary (unless a booster becomes necessary).
  • If you are not yet fully vaccinated, you are required to test on the Weekly Testing Pathway until you are fully vaccinated. 

If you have already selected the Weekly Testing Pathway, after you have completed your vaccination, you can change your selection to the Vaccination Pathway by using the link provided in your original pathway confirmation email, or by contacting COVIDoperations@ohio.edu for a link to make the change.

COVID Operations will be announcing new incentive programs for members of the University community who complete vaccination prior to the deadline.

Girl Scouts Of Ohio’s Heartland Registration

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Ross County girls in all grades are being encouraged to sign-up to be a member of the Girl Scouts.

Registration for the new school year is getting underway August 31st, but will continue in the following weeks. If you are able to attend the August 31st in-person registration, it will occur between 5:45pm-6:45pm at the Chillicothe/Ross Main Library Annex Room B-1 at 140 South Paint Street in Chillicothe, behind the library.

For those unable to attend, you can register by contacting Janet Littler at either (740) 773-2146/Extension 8756 or email jlittler@gsoh.org

Their website for membership registration is girlscouts.org/join

Annual membership fees are $30 for girls and $25 for adults.

Vinton County Air Show Celebrates 50th Year

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(McArthur) — A half century of hosting local air shows will be observed with this year’s Vinton County Air Show at the Vinton County Airport.

The 50th annual event on September 26th is sponsored by the Vinton County Pilots & Boosters Association.

The air show features some of the best acrobatic planes and pilots from across Ohio.

This year’s show also includes radio-controlled planes and a demonstration of model rockets. The Screaming Chicken Sky Diving Team will open and close the air show, and Santa Claus is also expected to drop in for a kids Candy Drop.

The free air show begins at 1pm, but the Association asks for $10 donation for parking, with the money used to help fund the airport.

The Hills Ross County Open Art Show Debuts September 2nd

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The Hills Open Art Show Reception at the Pump House Center for the Arts is September 2nd at 6:30pm-8:30pm.

The event is the kick-off for The Hills Ross County Open Competition. The contest is open to artists 18 years or older, within a 75 mile radius of Chillicothe.

(Logo Courtesy of The Pump House Center For The Arts)

Awards will Best of Show $200
1st Place $100
2nd Place $75
3rd Place $50 along with Honorable Mention

The exhibit will be open for viewing September 2nd to October 2nd.