Welcome to the Ohio State Assembly
To our members, registered conference attendees, and conference speakers:
After careful consideration the Ohio State Assembly of Surgical Technologists have made the necessary and responsible decision to cancel the spring conference, originally scheduled to take place in Columbus, March 14-15th, 2020. The decision is based on recent reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of rapidly escalating concerns about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), as well as Governor Dewine declaring a State of Emergency in Ohio, and in recognition that the members' health and their families' health are important to them, generated these preventative plans.
We feel strongly that ensuring the health and well-being of our members is always of paramount importance, and particularly given these rapidly evolving circumstances. As a large surgical technologists and surgical assistant conference anticipating 150 attendees, we also recognize the professional responsibility to consider the safety of its meeting participants by modeling social distancing and not contributing to the spread of the virus through a large public gathering such as this annual meeting.
If you have already registered to attend the Ohio AST Spring Conference, you will be offered a refund by the method in which you paid.
We apologize for the difficulty and inconvenience resulting from these changes. While this is not an easy decision, we believe it is in the best interest of all parties.
A future conference will be considered as we closely watch this situation as it unfolds. We will share information soon regarding when and if this joint conference will be rescheduled.
Ohio State Assembly of Surgical Technologists