The Marshall County Commissioners conducted their final meeting of 2021 on Friday, December 31st.

After completing some routine housekeeping items, the commissioners opened the floor for comments.

County Clerk Deb VanDeMark asked if there was any discussion being started about the federal vaccine mandate for employers with more than 100 employees.  She said, “Every time it pops in the news, we have a lot of employees talking about it.”  She went on to say she has a lot of concerns about it because I’m not sure some of my people will get vaccinated if it is required. 

Commissioner Kevin Overmyer said, “We had started some discussion earlier this month with our county attorney, then a stay was put in and so we just stopped at that point in time.” 

VanDeMark said the employees would like to know what will happen if it goes into effect and they are not vaccinated? 

Overmyer said he anticipates a discussion in January about the federal mandate for employers with more than 100 employees. 

Commissioner Mike Burroughs told VanDeMark, “We don’t control the mandate.”

Overmyer said things are changing all the time, so we are being cautious.   

County Coroner John Grolich urged the county to educate employees on the COVID vaccines.  He said, “Since Christmas, I think I have had 8 COVID deaths and not one was vaccinated.”