Hamilton County Public Health announced last week our community is experiencing “substantial spread” of COVID-19. As we have done throughout the pandemic, we are following guidance from our local health department, as well as recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
We recognize the medical vulnerability of many people we serve and must be particularly cautious about our safety practices. Moving forward, we are updating our operating procedures based on current guidance:
Effective August 4, 2021
- All HCDDS employees must wear masks when interacting with people served or families while indoors and in person
- Masks are required in all public spaces in HCDDS buildings and when a minimum of six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained
Where flexibility is allowed, employees are encouraged to consider holding meetings virtually or outdoors and working from home. At this point, DODD rules requiring certain meetings to take place in-person have not been altered. We are providing necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) for meetings such as masks or hand sanitizer to staff upon request.
If you have not yet been vaccinated, you can find more information, including transportation options and community clinic availability here.