Message from the Board President:
What an unusual and challenging year 2020 was. Obviously the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us, but the staff at ECPHD certainly had a unique and unenviable position this year.
I have been honored to continue to serve as President of the Edgar County Board of Health this past year. This board is responsible for overseeing the operations of the Edgar County Public Health Department, while providing direction and support. I must say, I received more calls regarding public health this past year than I ever have before, so I’m sure the staff can say the same.
During 2020, certain ECPHD services may have closed their doors to the public, but that did not mean staff weren’t busy still meeting our community needs. The public looked to ECPHD for guidance in the midst of confusion and chaos. ECPHD went above and beyond, working tirelessly on prevention and protection efforts, while quickly adapting and re-adapting previously offered services to a “new normal.”
In my role as a Hospital CEO, I am well aware of the physical and mental strain COVID-19 placed and continues to place on healthcare staff. This certainly extends to our partners at ECPHD. Janet and her employees, as well as additional temporary personnel, have been crucial to Edgar County’s COVID-19 response. They are often unsung heroes of this pandemic as they performed hours upon hours of contact tracing, daily data reporting to multiple agencies, fielding hotline calls, vaccination efforts, and working and communicating with other county and state agencies and industries on a weekly, if not daily, basis on top of their regular duties.
The Board is thankful for the continued dedication of the staff at ECPHD, and we would like to recognize their hard work and achievements this past year. Our success is directly correlated to their service. On behalf of the Board and the staff, we look forward to continuing to serve the needs of our communities.
Oliver M. Smith
Board of Health President