DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Kettering Health will require all employees, medical staff, students and volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 4, 2021.

The healthcare organization is the latest to join several others in the region in mandating vaccination against the coronavirus.

Documents obtained from an employee of Kettering Health indicate state that any employee that does not “have an approved exemption will be subject to termination and/or lose their ability to conduct business at our facility.” However, anyone who is terminated after October 4 is eligible for rehire if they’re vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Not only will employees, students and volunteers need to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but any contractor or vendor that does business at a Kettering Health facility will need to do so by October 4.

Below are documents obtained from an employee of Kettering Health.

This follows reports from the Ohio Department of Health showing a steady increase of cases throughout Ohio. Montgomery County shifted from having a “substantial” level of community transmission to “high,” which is the highest designation given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This rise in cases has largely been attributed to the Delta variant, which has been compared to chickenpox. This variant of the virus has been observed infecting people vaccinated against COVID-19 — a “breakthrough” case.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base recently moved to Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Bravo because 20% of the people who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last month were vaccinated against it.