UPDATE: Now that the state health orders have been lifted, UDS has modified some of the restrictions held during the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to adhere to all CDC guidelines, state and local health departments recommendations for maintaining a safe and healthy environment for employees, persons served and visitors. Our agency safety protocol continues to require mask wearing on agency property, on agency vehicles and encouraging maintenance of a 3 feet or more social distance from others. We ask that anyone who is not vaccinated for COVID continue to symptom self-monitor prior to engaging in program services.
UDS will continue to evaluate our safety protocols as conditions change.
Before COVID-19, UDS has consistently implemented high standards of health and safety with our use of universal precautions and disinfectant/sanitation protocols. Now with the COVID-19 virus, new greater levels of precautionary behavior, hygiene and sanitation will be adhered to by all employees and participants during their program services.
From the onset, UDS is following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, state and local health department orders, and guidance from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) in responding to this health crisis. The health and safety of you and our employees is our top priority.
Community and center based services have started back on a small scale and we continue to use these guidelines for health and safety.
Staff and participants take their temperature prior to coming into program services daily. Temperature checks are taken prior to boarding your transportation and entering a program area each day. Stay home if you exhibit symptoms of being sick including fever of 100 degrees or higher. Other symptoms or combinations of symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath or difficult breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
In all areas of our buildings we are adhering to at least 6 feet distancing from other people. In our program rooms we have individuals participating in activities maintaining a 6ft or more distance with staff moving about the areas when necessary. Program areas are limited in the number of people who can be in them at this time. Additionally there are designated staff who work in them. When in the community, social distancing with others is a skill we are reinforcing for safety.
Wearing Facial Coverings:
All agency employees, individuals receiving services and visitors must wear a mask while in our facilities. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis where wearing a face covering is not advisable for health purposes (i.e., individuals-served with tolerance and tactile concerns). Masks are reusable and can be worn until they no longer fit snug around your face. Masks should be washed on a regular basis. We have a variety of mask styles for individuals to try and use to build a tolerance in wearing one. Facial covering are added protection in the community and during transportation.
Frequent hand washing has always been an important skill and especially now. These are behaviors we will be reinforcing during program services.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
- Cover your mouth whenever you sneeze or cough.
Cleaning and disinfecting designated program areas occurs at the start and end of each day and frequently touched surfaces are cleaned multiple times throughout the day. UDS transportation and vans for community programming also have specified cleaning protocols.
We are vigilant in our commitment to maintaining a safe, healthy and sanitized environment for services to be provided in. We look forward to the opportunity to expand the number of individuals we can get back into programming with this foundation of safety being a priority for us.
If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19, please call the Ohio Department of Health, 1-833-427-5634 and visit their website www.odh.ohio.gov.