Community News August 18, 2020

Adena Donates Face Masks to Support Community Initiative

Adena Health System announced today that it will donating close to 500 face masks as part of its support of Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney’s COVID-19 Community Response Team and #RossCountyCares campaign.

“Over the past several months, Adena has been successful in building its personal protective equipment stock through our vendors, and has also benefited from gracious mask donations by individuals, area businesses and other supporters,” said Jeff Graham, Adena President & CEO. “We appreciate these gestures and the support that has been shown to our health care heroes at a time of critical need. As our medical supply inventories and demand have leveled, we are able to protect patients and staff and to extend these protection efforts to our community. By sharing some of our mask supply, we want to give people in our region the resources they need to safely protect themselves, and to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The COVID-19 Community Response Team, which includes Adena Health System, the Ross County Health District, United Way of Ross County, Chillicothe and Ross County Public Libraries, City of Chillicothe and Ross County Commissioners, has been working together since the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic on community issues in the areas of housing, food and financial concerns. Recognizing a need to help decrease the community spread of the Coronavirus among residents, the Response Team developed a strategy to provide free masks for community members who need this valuable personal protection.

Free masks are available at multiple locations on a first come, first served basis. These Chillicothe locations are offering free masks during their current business hours, with most townships throughout the county also offering free masks in communities located outside of city limits.

  • Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library, Main Library, 140 S. Paint Street, Chillicothe; or the Northside Library location at 550 Buckeye Street, Chillicothe
  • Ross County Community Action, 250 Woodbridge Avenue, Chillicothe
  • United Way of Ross County, 69 E. Water Street, Chillicothe

For a complete, up-to-date list of mask pick-up locations, visit rosscountyhealth.org.

Adena Health System remains under a universal masking requirement for all patients, visitors and staff. Face coverings are required to enter any hospital, health center or clinic location. Visitors may wear in a mask from home, or one will be provided upon facility entry.

“Adena fully supports the recommendations of our state and local leaders that everyone wear a face covering during this time. By wearing a mask in all public areas, you are doing your part to protect yourself and others from this serious virus,” Graham added.

For more ways on how we can stay healthy together, visit adena.org/togetherwecanstayhealthy.