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Annual Health Fair is cancelled

July 14, 2021

Although many restrictions involving COVID-19 have lessened in recent months, there are still concerns in bringing large crowds together, particularly in the healthcare industry. For that reason, the Casey County Hospital has decided to again cancel its annual Health Fair, which is typically held in August.

“It was a hard decision to make, because we know how much our community looks forward to this event,” said Rusty Tungate, Administrator/CEO of Casey County Hospital. “We tried to see if we could have some components of the Health Fair, but it just wasn’t going to work out.”

The Health Fair typically draws well over a thousand people seeking to take advantage of the low-cost blood draw, which is held on weekday mornings preceding the day of the fair itself and also during the event. The Health Fair also brings together various community healthcare agencies and others who provide information to the public about their services.

Tungate said he knows it is a disappointment that the Health Fair will not be able to take place this year, but he hopes the hospital can once again sponsor it next year.

“Hopefully by then, the COVID-19 virus and its variants, will not be the threat that it is today,” he said.

For those who have not received a COVID-19 vaccination, and would still like one, the vaccines are available at either of the hospital’s clinics, Casey County Primary Care or Casey County Family Practice. Many healthcare providers in the area carry the vaccine as well as most pharmacies.

“Regardless of where you get your shot, we encourage you to receive the vaccine,” Tungate said. “Let’s all do our part to keep our community safe and healthy.”