The COVID pandemic has had a significant impact on the delivery of medical care, some positive, some negative. One of the main negative aspects is the absence of a face-to-face connection, often a critical element in diagnosis and in treatment recommendations. With the lifting of many social distancing restrictions we can get back into the offices of our doctors.
OVH is now committed to resuming our volunteer service of driving residents to medical appointments starting on Monday July 19. All residents who wish to utilize this service must register beforehand and, at the suggestion of our insurance carrier, we are asking that passengers sign a waiver of liability form prior to their ride. All drivers and riders will need to be vaccinated, though this is purely on the honor system. And we are also, at this time at least, asking both to wear masks unless by mutual consent they agree otherwise.
Our drivers are anxious to get back on the road, as I suspect many of you are anxious to get back to seeing your doctors in person. Remember, it is necessary that you contact the current coordinator (see the darkened box in the back of the Oakmont News) to register and arrange a ride, and to call AT LEAST THREE WEEK DAYS BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT.
For July, Marianne Neufeld (953-5302) is the Coordinator.