As Ohio continues to take efforts to prevent coronavirus infections, Governor Mike DeWine recently announced a Stay Healthy and Safe at Home order that allows for the slow reopening of the state. This order, issued by ODH Director Dr. Amy Action, extends some stay-at-home protocol until May 29, 2020. While some businesses are permitted to open over the next month, the County Board offices remain closed to the public. Our dedicated staff continues to work from home, keeping in remote contact with people supported and their families. If you have a need, contact your SSA or Early Intervention provider during regular business hours. For emergencies, dial our 24-hour number at 740-310-2255. Click on the link below to read the ODH Director’s Stay Safe Ohio Order.
GOVERNOR’S STAY AT HOME ORDER
On March 22, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine issued an order for Ohioans to stay at home and avoid nonessential business beginning at 11:59 p.m. March 23, 2020. The County Board has complied with this order. Staff are working from home and are in remote contact with the children and adults we support and their families. Our offices are closed to visitors. There are limited personnel in the building during regular business hours to distribute care packages to those who have let us know they are in need. For emergencies involving the people we support, call 740-310-2255. This number is manned 24 hours per day.
The Governor’s order states that services in Ohio’s developmental disabilities system are essential activities that should continue to be provided, and that travel is allowed in order to provide and receive those services. Direct support professionals (DSPs) and county board service and support administrators (SSAs) are essential workers and should continue providing supports while following other orders from ODH, DODD guidance, and best practices found at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
The following are Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19 and your family, courtesy of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.