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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update


We take the health and safety of our consumers very seriously here at United Disability Services and, in light of the recent coronavirus/ COVID-19 health concern, we want to reassure you that we are taking all possible measures to help prevent the spread of illness at UDS.

Critical to all of our program services is the implementation of communicable disease prevention. We have procedures in place year-round for the early detection, reduction and elimination of communicable disease. We ramp up our protocols significantly during the flu and cold season so we have consistently been implementing increased surface disinfecting and environmental controls to reduce exposure to the flu. We monitor physical symptoms of participants closely and ask that individuals with signs of illness be sent home to recover before returning.

Our regular communicable disease prevention strategies will continue with the addition of the following as we monitor the coronavirus in Ohio:

  • We have increased our cleaning and disinfecting regimen of all surfaces throughout the day.
  • We have put a 30-day hold on community-based activities and will reassess each week as to when that hold can be lifted. Meaningful and engaging programming will continue center-based.
  • We encourage wider social distances between participants and in program areas.
  • Participants are assessed upon arrival for any signs of illness i.e., fever and cough and sent home if symptomatic.
  • Employees will not attend work if symptomatic.
  • Tissue or elbow coughing/sneezing, more frequent and longer handwashing, and use of hand sanitizer are enforced with everyone.


We will continue to follow the CDC, Ohio Department of Health and recommendations of the county health department related to coronavirus prevention. UDS will remain open and providing services until recommended that we should not be.

Please do your part with prevention by not coming to services if you are ill. Please call the program to let us know if you are sick and if you have been seen by a medical professional. As with all illnesses, you should be fever-free for 24 hours, without the use of medication, before considering a return to program services.

The CDC lists symptoms of COVID-19 virus as:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you have been exposed to a person with coronavirus or a person who has traveled to/from an area with widespread or community-spread cases, please seek medical attention at the first sign of symptoms.

 

If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19, please call the Ohio Department of Health, 1-833-427-5634, or visit its website at www.odh.ohio.gov.

Contact Kay Shellenberger, VP of program services, by calling 330-762-9755 with any additional concerns or questions.