MONTROSE, CO – Montrose Memorial Hospital announced the 2021 Early Blood Draw & Health Fair events will be postponed until later in 2021 for the safety of volunteers and participants. The events annually serve about 3500 individuals in our communities with reduced rate blood draws.
“We feel this is important to protect our Friends & Family,” said James Kiser, CEO of Montrose Memorial Hospital. “The aim of our events is to improve the health of our community – and many of our volunteers and participants would be in a high-risk category. Because we know these events offer valuable information and screenings for our community, we will look to offer these events later in 2021.”
The annual events take place in January and February each year. While a new date has not been chosen for the 2021 events, the hospital plans to offer them later in 2021 when COVID-19 cases may decrease and a vaccine is available.
The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic also created logistical and planning issues for the events. With public gathering guidelines potentially changing based on the prevalence of COVID-19, it is difficult to plan for how many people could participate in an indoor setting at one time. Each day of the Early Blood Draw events historically served hundreds of participants within a few hours – making social distancing difficult to achieve.
Blood draws offered reduced rate screenings such as Complete Blood Count, Hemoglobin A1C, Vitamin D screening, and more. Screenings offered in 2020 are expected to return in 2021 when the events are re-scheduled.
More information will be announced on the hospital’s website, www.MontroseHospital.com.