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TL Photo / SHELLEY HANSON DEPUTY HEALTH Commissioner Rob Sproul, left, and Administrative Assistant and Tax Clerk Tiffany Vcelka have a member of the Belmont County Board of Health connected with a telephone meeting on Friday.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Belmont County Board of Health accepted the resignation of a retired nurse and hired another during a special session Friday.

The board members unanimously approved the resignation of nurse LeeAnn Smith, who has served in the health department for eight years.

She has served as an infectious disease nurse and has also worked with vaccinating children.

She is leaving her job on July 30 to work with her son at the Just Meds pharmacy in Martins Ferry, said Linda Mehl, director of nursing.

The board of directors approved the appointment of Christine Jenewein as her successor. Jenewein worked as a temporary nurse and contact tracer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mehl said Smith was missing from the health department.

“It was wonderful to work with her. She does such a good job with vaccinations. “ Mehl said, adding that Smith would train Jenewein for a month before she leaves.

Ahead of the meeting, Deputy Health Commissioner Rob Sproul said the Department of Health will hold its final COVID shot clinic at the Ohio Valley Mall in one of the center halls from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. today. He noted that as demand for the shot declined, the health department has also scaled back its clinics.

Other upcoming walk-in clinics include:

∫ Monday 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. in the health department;

An Tuesday at the following locations: 10-11am at the Martins Ferry Rec Center, 2-2pm at the Park Health Center for first doses, and 9-4pm at the Health Department;

∫ Wednesday until 1:00 p.m. Cumberland Pointe, open to the public;

∫ July 6 at the following locations: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Powhatan Point City Building; 2-4pm Shadyside common room; and 4:30 p.m. Shadyside Care Center.

Following the meeting, Mehl described working on vaccinating people during the pandemic last year as “a blur.” The health department alone has fired more than 19,000 shots so far.

At the height of the vaccination clinics, the health department was 700-800 people per week. Now the employees vaccinate around 100 people per week between all locations.

She said that in addition to the additional temporary nurses hired for the syringes, the health department had many people volunteering their services, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and nurses.

Non-medical volunteers also helped with logistics like parking and organizing clinics, she added.

“It was nerve-wracking … but everything seemed to work out” Flour said.

On other matters, the board also approved a total of $ 42,000 in one-time hazard payments for the health department’s 18 permanent, full-time, and part-time employees for their work during the pandemic.

The amount each employee will be granted will depend on the amount of time they have worked during the COVID response, Sproul said.

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