Category Archives: Health and Safety Alerts

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Face Shields and Medical Masks available for providers

Recently Summit DD saw a significant spike in individuals contracting COVID-19. In reviewing these cases it appears asymptomatic caregivers were a large contributor to this increase. In partnership with the Summit County Department of Health, Summit DD consulted with the Ohio Department of Health in hopes of finding solutions and stopping the current trend.  As a result of the Ohio Department of Health’s guidance, Summit DD is advising that all Direct Support Professionals wear a face shield in addition to a medical mask when providing personal care in close proximity, such as assistance with bathing, hygiene, eating etc. Read More ›

Reporting During COVID-19

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) remains dedicated to health and welfare during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has had a significant effect on Major Unusual Incident (MUI) reporting and trends. Based on the data collected, it is apparent that efforts to reduce the spread of the virus have been effective. Read More ›

Coping with COVID-19

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people over the age over 65 and those with lung disorders, heart disease, immune deficiencies, or who are severely obese have a greater risk for contracting coronavirus (COVID-19). People with developmental disabilities may be at a higher risks for getting COVID-19 because of underlying risks factors, such as respiratory issues, asthma, frequent pneumonias, and silent aspiration.

Direct support professionals (DSPs) play a vital role in supporting people during this health crisis. It important to know the facts to protect yourself and those you serve. Read More ›

Infection Control

Direct support professionals (DSPs) have a critical role in providing services to Ohioans with developmental disabilities, and controlling infection is an important aspect of keeping both the provider and person healthy.

Infection-causing germs are mostly spread through direct contact with skin or other contaminated surfaces. Infections can lead to serious illnesses that can be fatal. Proper hygiene and awareness can reduce the risk of illness. Read More ›

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