STARKDD COVID-19 Information

Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

About COVID-19

COVID-19 is a virus spread from person to person. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

For more information read the CDC’s list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Stark DD COVID-19 Dashboard

COVID Cases at Southgate School

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*Active cases are those in which the student/staff has received a positive test/diagnosis and has not been cleared to return.**Quarantine cases, identified through contact tracing by the Stark County Health Department, are those in which the student/staff have been exposed, but are not yet ill.
Reported COVID-19 cases are based on information provided by the Stark County Health Department, students, parents, guardians, and caregivers and are either confirmed based on testing or clinic diagnosis. Families of close contacts will be based on the Stark County Health Department contact tracing protocol.
Last Updated: 29 October, 2020

Heading Back to School

Families and people with disabilities who need help should email Need Support

Schools should continue promoting everyday disease prevention strategies:

  • If you are sick, stay home from school.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are already sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or the crook of your arm.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.

Learn what Stark DD is doing to ensure a safe start to school Re-Start Plan for Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities Preschool and School Programs – Updated September 2020

How will Stark DD and the Stark County Health Department conduct contact tracing? Contact Tracing with Stark DD.

The Stark County Health Department has published several documents to help families prepare and monitor children headed back to school

Cancellations
  • Special Olympic Intramural Softball began in July following limited participants as guided by the Ohio Department of Health and Special Olympics Ohio. Spectators may watch games beginning in September, but social distancing is required. If you have questions please call 330 477-5200.
  • All face to face home and day site visits as well as meetings (Individual Family Support Plan, Individual Education Plan, and Individual Service Plan meetings included) have resumed, following social distancing guidelines. This is applicable to supports we provide for early intervention, service and support administration, provider compliance and support, and RNQA visits. We will continue to use tele-visits, tele-meetings or phone consultations where in-person visits are not recommended.
  • We have cancelled all in-person extra-curricular activities, which includes early intervention play groups, adult social nights, self-advocacy meetings, book clubs, and Aktion Club activities until further notice.
  • All Stark DD monthly governance meetings will be held using teleconferencing through December 2020. The public is welcome to attend, however guidelines set by the Ohio Department of Health relating to social distancing and crowds of no more than 10 people per room will be strictly followed. The public meeting will be broadcast in three rooms located within the Whipple-Dale Centre to accommodate guests. Additionally, viewers can watch the meeting livestream through the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities Facebook page. A recording of the meeting in its entirety will be made available to the public on this website.
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME

If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection. For disinfection, here is a list of products with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC). Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.

Ohio Dept of Health Household Checklist

Checklist for Family & Individuals

 

Stark DD Family Info

Families and people with disabilities who need help should email Need Support

Schools should continue promoting everyday disease prevention strategies:

  • If you are sick, stay home from school.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are already sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or the crook of your arm.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.

From Superintendent William Green…March 17, 2020 Correspondence

Children respond differently to emergencies. For ideas to help your child cope visit the CDC’s webpage, Helping Children Cope with Emergencies.

Read the Visitation Policies for Stark County Area Hospitals as of April 13, 2020

Provider Info

Providers, for staffing needs, please email Provider Support

If you are looking for temporary work and interested in helping others contact us using our Direct Care Worker Inquiry Form. You may also contact Edward Lewis, Supervisor of Provider Compliance and Support, at 330-479-3618 to learn how you can help others during this time of need.

For questions about medications, please call our RNQA Hotline at 330-479-4018

Checklist for Healthcare Providers
Checklist for Business & Employers
OACB Passport Form: Hospital Transfer
OACB FAQs: Confidentiality, HIPAA and People Served
Read the DODD Guidance for Re-Opening Adult Day Services published May 8, 2020: Update To Day and Transportation Services Related to ODH Order
This video is a great primer for support staff and people with developmental disabilities as county boards and providers continue to address COVID-19. Thanks to Toward Independence, Inc. for producing COVID-19 Tips for DD Providers.

From Superintendent William Green…March 17, 2020 Correspondence

Direct Care Worker Inquiry

If you are looking for temporary work and interested in helping others contact us using our Direct Care Worker Inquiry Form. You may also contact Edward Lewis, Supervisor of Provider Compliance and Support, at 330-479-3618 to learn how you can help others during this time of need.

Resources

We are collecting a list of resources to help while people are homebound during the COVID-19 virus. We will attempt to sort them by general needs and educational ideas for learning.

General Needs

  • Spectrum is offering Free Internet Access for the next 60 days to households with k-12 and/or college students who do not already have Spectrum services. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395
  • This video is a great primer for support staff and people with developmental disabilities as county boards and providers continue to address COVID-19. Thanks to Toward Independence, Inc. for producing COVID-19 Tips for DD Providers.

Educational Resources