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Coronavirus Update from Superintendent Matt Purcell

March 11, 2020

In an effort to keep you informed as to what precautionary steps the Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities is taking in order to maintain the safest and healthiest learning and working environment, we would like to update the people we serve, our staff, stakeholders and other interested parties on the safety precautions regarding COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus. As you may know, the first Ohioans were diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this week in Cuyahoga County. SCDD is taking every measure possible to prevent the spread of this COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

I have ordered intensive cleaning in all of our facilities in order to disinfect and sanitize all areas that employees and individuals frequent and receive services. Furthermore, we have doubled the frequency in which we regularly sanitize all areas of the organization. It is our intent to continue this practice for the next 30 days. However, due to the rapidly changing nature of this situation, this practice is subject to change in duration and frequency. Additionally, we ask the following from our staff, students and community members for the next 30 days:

= Employees must be extra cautious with home visits. Employees should call in advance to ask if anyone in the home is sick and only proceed to those households that aren’t experiencing illness.

= Visitors to our facilities should not enter the buildings if they are experiencing symptoms related to illness. COVID-19 symptoms include fever, coughing and shortness of breath.

= Please take extra precautions in hand-washing and disinfecting/cleaning surfaces for the next 30 days, especially during and following gatherings at SCDD buildings.

= If you are experiencing symptoms, please stay home and only leave to receive medical treatment.

The Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities is working under the guidance of Scioto County Public Health Department, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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