COVID-19 Updates

LADD families and loved ones, 
 
This week, our Post-Vaccine Plan went into effect, a starting point for our new normal, one where the majority of the LADD community is vaccinated and protected from this virus. 
 
Additionally, as the CDC begins releasing new recommendations for vaccinated people, we will follow those closely and inform you when adapting them for LADD’s operations. 
 
Thank you for all you have done to get us to this point – I am deeply grateful for the unwavering commitment and vigilance the entire LADD community has demonstrated throughout this pandemic.
 
LADD’s Post-Vaccine Plan – Effective March 17
 
LADD’s post-vaccine plan went into effect March 17, exactly three weeks from our last vaccine clinic and one year since LADD shut down its office and began pandemic operations. As the CDC begins releasing new recommendations for vaccinated people, we will follow those closely and adapt them for LADD’s operations. 
 
Please read through, familiarize yourself with this plan and contact staysafe@laddinc.org with any questions or concerns. 
 
Staff COVID-19 Avoidance Operations
  • Employees will continue taking their temperature and checking for COVID symptoms before starting work
  • Employees will continue to confirm they do not have symptoms at the start of their shift 
  • Employees will also continue:
  • Social distancing when possible
  • Wearing a mask while working
  • Washing hands frequently
 
Community Outings 
  • Venues: We will focus on outdoor activities, only allowing restaurant luncheons at venues where we can utilize outdoor seating.  
  • The public indoor activities we will frequent will be those with expansive space, good ventilation and low traffic.
  • We will continue to utilize sites where we have private, by appointment only access.
  • Group Size: We will expand to 5-person groups and continue with masking and vehicle disinfectant fogging.
  • Crossover: Your loved ones living in different homes can also visit each other following CDC guidelines.
  • People supported by LADD who have been vaccinated can be around each other without masks (based on CDC guidance)
  • Groups less than 10
  • Staff must continue wearing masks while working
  • Day Programs: We will resume going to other day programs, following CDC guidelines
  • Public Transportation: Resume, following CDC guidelines
  • Includes ACCESS, other NMT providers, and bus services
 
Family Visits to LADD and Visits Home
  • Family Visits: We will resume these following CDC guidelines and these stipulations:
  • One family at a time is allowed to visit; these will be scheduled
  • Family visitors must wear mask indoors
  • No indoor meals currently; outdoor meals are allowed
  • Victory Parkway: Onsite visits to continue in Apartment 12.
  • FAW/Geier: 10 people max in common areas. 
  • Family Home Visits: Will resume, but will ask families to follow CDC guidelines.
 
Staff Operations and Meetings 
  • Staff crossover (an employee working in more than home) will be allowed. 
  • Staff Meetings: We will continue to limit in-person meetings and continue to use Zoom, but in-person meetings are allowed following CDC guidelines
  • Groups of 10 or less, masked, socially distanced
  • VP Training/Board Room Gathering: Open to schedule with people wearing masks, social-distancing, sanitizing, and limited to groups of 10 or less.
  • FAW/Geier Community Room Gathering: Community areas re-open with people wearing masks, social-distancing, sanitizing, and limited to groups of 10 or less people.
  • SOAR/SE/HLADD:
  • Meetings with people supported will be hosted via ZOOM, by phone, or in-person socially distanced with masks.
  • Meetings with employers will be hosted via ZOOM, by phone, or in-person socially distanced with masks.
 
Employee Testing
 
The Health Collaborative continued our swab testing through the end of February for the employees previously identified for regular testing due to working in high-risk sites. We will now be conducting antibody testing throughout the month of March. However, those who present a vaccination record card with two doses (we expect this to be the majority of this group) will be exempt from the antibody testing. If someone who did not receive the vaccine tests positive for active antibodies, we would then conduct a swab test. 
 
Regardless of their vaccine or testing status, employees will still be required to:
  • Wear masks at work
  • Conduct vehicle fogging for any outings
  • Report any symptoms and call off from work if experiencing any
  • Confirm they are having no symptoms, if true, at the start of every shift
 
County/State Updates
  • The state entered Phase 2C today, March 19, for vaccine distribution. This now includes Ohioans ages 40 and older. 
  • On March 29, the state will allow Ohioans 16 and older to receive the COVID-19 vaccine under Phase 2D. 
  • Find more information about Ohio’s vaccination distribution here.
  • More vaccine resources:
  • Schedule appointments/other resources – https://healthcollab.org/vaccine-info
  • Trouble scheduling online – Call 211, United Way’s service line, to schedule a vaccine appointment 
  • Transportation – Any seniors (ages 60+), who are unable to get a ride to their appointment can request transport assistance at (855) 546-6352 or sign up online.
  • Town Hall on 3/27 – Center for Closing the Health Gap Virtual Town Hall for the Black Community: https://covid19communityresources.com/town-hall/
  • Between Us, About Us – An open and honest conversation between W. Kamau Bell and Black doctors, nurses and researchers: Video and resources 
  • Currently, 995,785 total cases of COVID-19 and 18,114 total COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Ohio.
  • Hamilton County is at a Red/Level 3 on Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System this week.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please email staysafe@laddinc.org.  
 
Sincerely,  
Susan Brownknight  
CEO, LADD 
LADD families and loved ones, 
 
LADD currently has no active, confirmed COVID-19 cases.  
 
This past year has been sprinkled with victories but also unbelievably hard losses and challenges. This week was a week of loss as we learned of the passing of Find-A-Way Direct Support Professional Gordon Cotton. Gordon was described as the “spunkiest 81-year-old that anyone could meet” and devoted the last five years of his life to empowering adults with developmental disabilities at LADD, a labor of love for him. His daughter who passed many years ago had developmental disabilities and even after her passing, Gordon continued to spend his time devoted to the lives of others. 
 
Gordon’s life reminds us why we do what we do – to ensure people with disabilities are fully included in their communities and can live their best lives. Gordon will be greatly missed, but his legacy as someone who went the extra mile to support people will live on at Find-A-Way and across LADD as an example for us all to follow.   
 
Please keep Gordon’s family and the Find-A-Way team in your thoughts and prayers. We must all continue to take care of each other, as we’ve been doing for the past year. 
 
LADD’s Post-Vaccine Plan – Effective March 17
 
Staff COVID-19 Avoidance Operations 
  • Employees will continue taking their temperature and checking for COVID symptoms before starting work 
  • Employees will continue to confirm they do not have symptoms at the start of their shift  
  • Employees will also continue: 
  • Social distancing when possible 
  • Wearing a mask while working 
  • Washing hands frequently 
 
Community Outings  
  • Venues: We will focus on outdoor activities, only allowing restaurant luncheons at venues where we can utilize outdoor seating.   
  • The public indoor activities we will frequent will be those with expansive space, good ventilation and low traffic. 
  • We will continue to utilize sites where we have private, by appointment only access. 
  • Group Size: We will expand to 5-person groups and continue with masking and vehicle disinfectant fogging. 
  • Crossover: Your loved ones living in different homes can also visit each other following CDC guidelines. 
  • Masked, socially distanced, groups of 10 or less including staff 
  • Day Programs: We will resume going to other day programs, following CDC guidelines 
  • Public Transportation: Resume, following CDC guidelines 
  • Includes ACCESS, other NMT providers, and bus services 
 
Family Visits to LADD and Visits Home 
  • Family Visits: We will resume these following CDC guidelines (masked, socially distanced, sanitizing) and these stipulations: 
  • Victory Parkway: Onsite visits to continue in Apartment 12. 
  • FAW/Geier: 10 people max in common areas.  
  • Elsewhere: One family at a time is allowed to visit; these will be scheduled. 
  • Family Home Visits: Will resume, but ask families to follow CDC guidelines. 
 
Staff Operations and Meetings  
  • Staff crossover (an employee working in more than home) will be allowed.  
  • Staff Meetings: We will continue to limit in-person meetings and continue to use Zoom, but in-person meetings are allowed following CDC guidelines 
  • Groups of 10 or less, masked, socially distanced 
  • VP Training/Board Room Gathering: Open to schedule with people wearing masks, social-distancing, sanitizing, and limited to groups of 10 or less. 
  • FAW/Geier Community Room Gathering: Community areas re-open with people wearing masks, social-distancing, sanitizing, and limited to groups of 10 or less people. 
  • SOAR/SE/HLADD: 
  • Meetings with people supported will be hosted via ZOOM, by phone, or in-person socially distanced with masks. 
  • Meetings with employers will be hosted via ZOOM, by phone, or in-person socially distanced with masks. 
 
Employee Testing
 
The Health Collaborative continued our swab testing through the end of February for the employees previously identified for regular testing due to working in high-risk sites. We will now be conducting antibody testing throughout the month of March. However, those who present a vaccination record card with two doses (we expect this to be the majority of this group) will be exempt from the antibody testing. If someone who did not receive the vaccine tests positive for active antibodies, we would then conduct a swab test.  
 
Regardless of their vaccine or testing status, employees will still be required to: 
  • Wear masks at work 
  • Conduct vehicle fogging for any outings 
  • Report any symptoms and call off from work if experiencing any 
  • Confirm they are having no symptoms, if true, at the start of every shift 
 
County/State Updates
 
  • Currently, there are 974,480 total cases of COVID-19 reported in Ohio and 17,189 total COVID-19 deaths in the state. 
  • Hamilton County is at a Red/Level 3 on Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System this week. 
  • The state entered Phase 1C on March 4 for vaccine distribution. This now includes Ohioans who work in certain occupations, including child care services, funeral services, and law enforcement and correction services; and people who: 
    • Have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. 
    • Are bone marrow transplant recipients 
    • Have Type I diabetes  
    • Are pregnant 
  • Find more information about Ohio’s vaccination distribution here
  • Vaccine registration options: 
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please email staysafe@laddinc.org
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight 
CEO, LADD
LADD families and loved ones,  
 
LADD currently has no active, confirmed COVID-19 cases.  
 
This week, we completed our COVID-19 vaccine clinics and solidified LADD’s post-vaccine plan, effective March 17, which is exactly three weeks from our last vaccine clinic and one year since LADD shut down its office and began pandemic operations.  
 
The protocols in this plan reflect a continued commitment to health and safety as well as a starting point for our new normal, one where the majority of the LADD community is vaccinated and protected from getting sick from this virus. You will notice some things will remain the same – all employees will still be required to wear a mask while working, no matter who around them may be vaccinated. Other things, like socializing across different homes and staff crossover, will be allowed with certain stipulations following guidelines from the CDC and State of Ohio. Please read through and email staysafe@laddinc.org with any questions or concerns.  
 
Post-Vaccine Plan – Effective March 17 
 
Staff COVID-19 Avoidance Operations 
  • Employees will continue taking their temperature and checking for COVID symptoms before starting work 
  • Employees will continue to confirm they do not have symptoms at the start of their shift  
  • Employees will also continue: 
  • Social distancing when possible 
  • Wearing a mask while working 
  • Washing hands frequently 
  • We are exploring the possibility of a waiver for people supported by LADD and families, as well as LADD staff, who choose not to receive the vaccine to ensure all understand the risk involved moving forward. We are still exploring what this may look like and will keep you updated. 
 
Community Outings  
  • Venues: We will focus on outdoor activities, only allowing restaurant luncheons at venues where we can utilize outdoor seating.   
  • The public indoor activities we will frequent will be those with expansive space, good ventilation and low traffic. 
  • We will continue to utilize sites where we have private, by appointment only access. 
  • Group Size: We will expand to 5-person groups and continue with masking and vehicle disinfectant fogging. 
  • Crossover: Your loved ones living in different homes can also visit each other following CDC guidelines. 
  • Masked, socially distanced, groups of 10 or less including staff 
  • Day Programs: We will resume going to other day programs, following CDC guidelines 
  • Public Transportation: Resume, following CDC guidelines 
  • Includes ACCESS, other NMT providers, and bus services 
 
Family Visits to LADD and Visits Home 
  • Family Visits: We will resume these following CDC guidelines (masked, socially distanced, sanitizing) and these stipulations: 
  • Victory Parkway: Onsite visits to continue in Apartment 12. 
  • FAW/Geier: 10 people max in common areas.  
  • Elsewhere: One family at a time is allowed to visit; these will be scheduled. 
  • Family Home Visits: Will resume, but we ask you to follow CDC guidelines. 
 
Staff Operations and Meetings  
  • Staff crossover (an employee working in more than home) will be allowed.  
  • Staff Meetings: We will continue to limit in-person meetings and continue to use Zoom, but in-person meetings are allowed following CDC guidelines 
  • Groups of 10 or less, masked, socially distanced 
  • VP Training/Board Room Gathering: Open to schedule with people wearing masks, social-distancing, sanitizing, and limited to groups of 10 or less. 
  • FAW/Geier Community Room Gathering: Community areas re-open with people wearing masks, social-distancing, sanitizing, and limited to groups of 10 or less people. 
  • SOAR/Supported Employment/HLADD: 
  • Meetings with people supported will be hosted via ZOOM, by phone, or in-person socially distanced with masks. 
  • Meetings with employers will be hosted via ZOOM, by phone, or in-person socially distanced with masks. 
 
Employee Testing 
 
The Health Collaborative continued our swab testing through the end of February for the employees previously identified for regular testing due to working in high-risk sites. We will now be conducting antibody testing throughout the month of March. However, those who present a vaccination record card with two doses (we expect this to be the majority of this group) will be exempt from the antibody testing. If someone who did not receive the vaccine tests positive for active antibodies, we would then conduct a swab test.  
 
Regardless of their vaccine or testing status, employees will still be required to: 
  • Wear masks at work 
  • Conduct vehicle fogging for any outings 
  • Report any symptoms and call off from work if experiencing any 
  • Confirm they are having no symptoms, if true, at the start of every shift 
 
County/State Updates 
  • Currently, there are 962,404 total cases of COVID-19 reported in Ohio and 17,125 total COVID-19 deaths. 
  • Hamilton County is at a Red/Level 3 on Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System this week. 
  • The state remains in Phase 1B for vaccine distribution. This includes Ohioans age 65 and older, Ohioans with certain conditions leading to a higher risk for adverse COVID-19 outcomes, and adults/employees in K-12 schools.  
  • Find more information about Ohio’s vaccination distribution here
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please email  staysafe@laddinc.org.  
  
Sincerely,  
Susan Brownknight  
CEO, LADD
LADD families and loved ones, 
 
For the second week in a row, LADD has no active, confirmed COVID-19 cases, thanks to the vigilance demonstrated by everyone in our community.  
 
Employees and people supported by LADD continue to receive the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine through one more vaccine clinic with Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services next week. If this applies to your loved one, their appointment time should have been scheduled during their first appointment. Please reach out to staysafe@laddinc.org with any questions.  
 
Next week, we will begin to share details on what, if any, changes will be made to our programs and protocols now that a majority of the LADD community is vaccinated, but still operating within a pandemic.  
 
As we cautiously inch toward a new normal, we remain united in ensuring the safety, health and well-being of your loved ones.   
 
Vaccine Updates
 
For anyone who received a vaccine through Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services (paper registration), their second dose should have been scheduled during the first appointment. One last clinic with HCDDS will take place next week. 
 
Important: Your loved ones must keep their vaccination record card that they received from their first shot. They will need to present this for the second shot. Again, LADD staff are also assisting with this.  
 
Thus far, 81 percent of people supported by LADD who qualified in Ohio’s Phase 1A distribution have received their first dose, as well as 67 percent of LADD staff and 39 percent of HLADD providers. We expect everyone included in these figures to be fully vaccinated with their second dose by the end of February.  
 
If you or your loved one are still considering the vaccine, I encourage you to read Myths vs. Facts COVID-19 Vaccine – Ohio Department of Healthand LADD’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plain Language Guide
 
Employee Testing 
 
The Health Collaborative will continue our swab testing through the end of February for the employees previously identified for regular testing due to working in high-risk sites. We will then conduct antibody testing throughout the month of March. However, those who present a vaccination record card with two doses (we expect this to be the majority of this group) will be exempt from the antibody testing. If someone who did not receive the vaccine tests positive for active antibodies, we would then conduct a swab test.  
 
Regardless of their vaccine or testing status, employees will still be required to: 
  • Wear masks at work 
  • Conduct vehicle fogging for any outings 
  • Report any symptoms and call off from work if experiencing any 
  • Confirm they are having no symptoms, if true, at the start of every shift 
 
County/State Updates 
 
  • Currently, there are 947,389 total cases of COVID-19 reported in Ohio and 16,611 total COVID-19 deaths. 
  • Hamilton County is at a Red/Level 3 on Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System this week. 
  • Ohioans with certain conditions leading to a higher risk for adverse COVID-19 outcomes are now able to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines.  
  • Find more updates on Ohio’s vaccination distribution here
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please email  staysafe@laddinc.org
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight 
CEO, LADD
LADD families and loved ones,  
 
I am pleased to report to you that, currently, LADD has  no  active, confirmed COVID-19  cases.
 
It has been months since I have been able to share such good news. And it is a testament to the determination and vigilance of your loved ones and LADD employees.  
  
With many currently receiving the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, I am cautiously hopeful we are  indeed  turning the tide.  Our community becomes safer  with each person vaccinated, but we must still continue our basic safety protocols as the world catches up to us. Additionally, while the vaccines are incredibly effective at protecting us from getting sick, we do not know if they prevent spread. So, we must keep wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, hand washing and more.  
 
Vaccine Updates 
 
Clinics for the second dose of vaccines are underway. Those who received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Jan. 23 at LADD should have received an ArmorVax email last night with an appointment time for  Saturday, Feb. 13, at College Hill Recreation Center.  
 
If you helped your loved one register online for the first dose, please be monitoring that email. LADD staff are also assisting in confirming appointment times. 
 
For anyone who received a vaccine through Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services (paper registration), their second dose should have been scheduled during the first appointment.  
 
Important: Your loved ones must keep their vaccination record card that they received from their first shot. They will need to present this for the second shot. Again, LADD staff are also assisting with this.  
 
Thus far, 81 percent of people supported by LADD who qualified in Ohio’s Phase 1A distribution have received their first dose, as well as 67 percent of LADD staff and 39 percent of HLADD providers. We expect everyone included in these figures to be fully vaccinated with their second dose by the end of February.  
 
If you or your loved one are still considering the vaccine, I encourage you to read Myths vs. Facts COVID-19 Vaccine – Ohio Department of Health  and LADD’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plain Language Guide
 
Employee Testing 
 
The Health Collaborative will continue our swab testing through the end of February for the employees previously identified for regular testing due to working in high-risk sites. We will then conduct antibody testing throughout the month of March. However, those who present a vaccination record card with two doses (we expect this to be the majority of this group) will be exempt from the antibody testing. If someone who did not receive the vaccine tests positive for active antibodies, we would then conduct a swab test.  
 
Regardless of their vaccine or testing status, employees will still be required to: 
  • Wear masks at work 
  • Conduct vehicle fogging for any outings 
  • Report any symptoms and call off from work if experiencing any 
  • Confirm they are having no symptoms, if true, at the start of every shift 
 
County/State Updates 
 
  • Currently, there are  931,437  total  cases of COVID-19 reported in Ohio and 12,577  total  COVID-19 deaths.  
  • Hamilton County  is at  a Red/Level 3 on Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System this week.  
  • So far, Ohio estimates more than 12,000 individuals with developmental disabilities or severe medical conditions have been vaccinated.  
  • Next week, Ohioans with certain conditions  leading to a  higher risk for adverse COVID-19 outcomes  will be able to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines.  
  • Thanks to a sustained decrease in COVID-19 hospitalizations, Ohio’s curfew has been lifted. If hospitalizations begin rising again,  the Ohio Department of Health may reinstate it.  
  • Find more on Ohio’s vaccination distribution plan  here.  
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please email  staysafe@laddinc.org.  
  
Sincerely,  
Susan Brownknight  
CEO, LADD
LADD families and loved ones,  
 
Currently, LADD has 1 active, confirmed COVID-19 case – an employee at our Victory Parkway Program. There was no known exposure associated with this case and we are wishing them a speedy recovery.
 
This week, members of the LADD community began receiving the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. If your loved one received their first shot of the Moderna vaccine on or near Jan. 9, they likely received their second dose this week or will receive it early next week at the Cincinnati Health Department.  
 
For those who received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Jan. 23 at LADD, we have been informed the clinic for the second dose will tentatively be held at College Hill Recreation Center, not at LADD as was previously planned. We should know more on dates and registration instructions early next week.  
 
For anyone who received their first shot at the Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services clinic, their second dose should have been scheduled during their first appointment. 
 
Thus far, 81 percent of people supported by LADD who qualified in Ohio’s Phase 1A distribution have received their first dose, as well as 67 percent of LADD staff and 39 percent of HLADD providers. We expect everyone included in these figures to be fully vaccinated with their second dose by the end of February.  
 
If you or your loved one are still considering the vaccine, I encourage you to read Myths vs. Facts COVID-19 Vaccine – Ohio Department of Health  and LADD’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plain Language Guide
 
Vaccine Updates 
 
If you helped your loved one register online for the first dose, please be monitoring that email. LADD staff are also monitoring emails and will assist in registering for the second dose. 
 
For anyone who received a vaccine through Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services (paper registration), they will be receiving their second dose at the same location and same time. Chief Strategy Officer Brian Hart will be sending out reminders for these individuals.  
 
Important: Your loved ones must keep their vaccination record card that they received from their first shot. They will need to present this for the second shot. Again, LADD staff are also assisting with this.  
 
With each person vaccinated, our community becomes safer, but we must still continue our basic safety protocols as the world catches up to us. Additionally, while the vaccines are incredibly effective at protecting us from getting sick, we still do not know if they prevent spread. So we must keep wearing masks, practicing physical distancing and engaging in low-risk behaviors.  
 
Employee Testing
 
The Health Collaborative will continue our swab testing through the end of February for the employees previously identified for regular testing due to working in high-risk sites. We will then conduct antibody testing throughout the month of March. However, those who present a vaccination record card with two doses (we expect this to be the majority of this group) will be exempt from the antibody testing. If someone who did not receive the vaccine tests positive for active antibodies, we would then conduct a swab test.  
 
Regardless of their vaccine or testing status, employees will still be required to: 
  • Wear masks at work 
  • Conduct vehicle fogging for any outings 
  • Report any symptoms and call off from work if experiencing any 
  • Confirm they are having no symptoms, if true, at the start of every shift 
 
County/State Updates
  • Currently, there are 910,847 total cases of COVID-19 reported in Ohio and 11,509 total COVID-19 deaths. 
  • Hamilton County is at a Red/Level 3 on Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System this week.  
  • Find more on Ohio’s vaccination distribution plan here
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please email  staysafe@laddinc.org.  
  
Sincerely,  
Susan Brownknight  
CEO, LADD
LADD families and loved ones,  
 
Currently, LADD has 3 active, confirmed COVID-19 cases. This includes one person supported in our Community Supported Living Program and two employees at our Victory Parkway Program. The second employee at Victory Parkway tested positive this week and has not been at work for the past 10 days. Others who previously tested positive have recovered and completed CDC quarantine guidance.  
 
I’m pleased to report that nearly 80 percent of people supported by LADD who qualified in Ohio’s Phase 1A distribution have received their first dose of the vaccine, thanks to last Saturday’s clinic, as well as other clinics organized by the Cincinnati Health Department and Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services. Additionally, 67 percent of LADD staff and 40 percent of HLADD providers have also received their first dose. We expect everyone included in these figures to be fully vaccinated with their second dose by the end of February.  
 
The time, effort and courage it took to achieve this feat cannot be overstated. The work to protect our community is not over, but I am deeply grateful for the partnership and dedication demonstrated by you, your loved ones and LADD employees.  
 
If you or your loved one are still considering the vaccine, I encourage you to read Myths vs. Facts COVID-19 Vaccine – Ohio Department of Health and LADD’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plain Language Guide
 
Vaccine Updates  
 
We expect clinics for the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to begin soon depending on when someone received their first shot and which vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) they received. Specifically, if your loved one  received  their  first dose of the vaccine by the Cincinnati Health Department on Jan. 9,  we expect the second dose clinic to happen on or near Feb. 6.  
 
If you helped your loved one register online for the first dose, please be monitoring that email. LADD staff are also monitoring emails and will assist in registering for the second dose; we expect people to receive the registration link from the health department via email sometime next week.  
 
For anyone who received a vaccine through Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services (paper registration), they will be receiving their second dose at the same location and same time. Chief Strategy Officer Brian Hart will be sending out reminders for these individuals.  
 
Important: Your loved ones must keep their vaccination record card that they received from their first shot. They will need to present this for the second shot. Again, LADD staff are also assisting with this.  
 
With each person vaccinated, our community becomes safer, but we must still continue our basic safety protocols as the world catches up to us. Additionally, while the vaccines are incredibly effective at protecting us from getting sick, we still do not know if they prevent spread. So we must keep wearing masks, practicing physical distancing and engaging in low-risk behaviors.  
 
To that end, we will continue our required testing of staff who have been identified as working at high-risk homes for the next two months.   
 
State/County Updates 
  • Currently, there are 883,716 total cases of COVID-19 reported in Ohio and 11,006 total COVID-19 deaths. 
  • Hamilton County improved to a Red/Level 3 on Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System this week.  
  • Find more on Ohio’s vaccination distribution plan here
  • Ohio’s statewide curfew was moved to 11 p.m. because the state has had less than 3,500 hospitalizations for 7 days in a row. Read more here.  
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please email  staysafe@laddinc.org.  
  
Sincerely,  
Susan Brownknight  
CEO, LADD
LADD families and loved ones,  
 
Currently, LADD has 6 active, confirmed COVID-19 cases. This includes one employee at Find-A-Way Apartments, one employee at Geier Apartments, one employee at Victory Parkway, and three people supported in our Community Supported Living Program. Others who previously tested positive have recovered and completed CDC quarantine guidance.  
 
Tomorrow, Jan. 23, LADD employees, your loved ones and HLADD will have the opportunity to be vaccinated – if they so choose and if they have not yet received their first dose – at our vaccine clinic administered by the Cincinnati Health Department. 
 
If you are a guardian for your loved one who has not yet received their first shot, you should have received registration details from your point of contact at LADD. If you have not and you are interested in your loved one attending the clinic, please email staysafe@laddinc.org immediately. Family members are not eligible to receive their vaccine from the LADD clinic.  
 
COVID-19 remains a serious threat to our community. Just this week, President Biden warned the U.S. could top 500,000 deaths next month – an astounding and devastating number of deaths – many preventable – from one virus in just a year. But this vaccine is a shot of hope – our chance to get ahead of more contagious variants of the virus, to get to the other side of this pandemic. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are safe, effective and have been rigorously tested. If you or your loved ones are still unsure, please check out Myths vs. Facts – COVID-19 Vaccine and our COVID-19 Vaccine Plain Language Guide. 
 
Vaccine Distribution  
 
The Cincinnati Health Department has scheduled Saturday, Jan. 23, as the date for our vaccine clinic at LADD. Only LADD employees, people supported by LADD and HLADD, and HLADD contractors are eligible for this clinic.  
 
Our COVID-19 Task Force has worked with managers to ensure we have a plan for each person supported by LADD to be vaccinated, including transportation to and from the clinic on Jan. 23, if they (or their guardian) consent.   
 
If your loved one received their first dose of the vaccine by the Cincinnati Health Department on Jan. 9, they will be contacted by the Cincinnati Health Department through the email and/or phone number used to register. LADD staff will be watching their emails if used and our COVID-19 Task Force members will also be notified and will share any information received.  
 
Additionally, please remember that we must continue our safety precautions – wearing masks, practicing social distancing, washing our hands, frequently disinfecting and more – even after receiving the vaccine. It takes time for the vaccine to work and public health officials will tell us when it is safe to do things without a mask. 
 
State/County Updates
 
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please email staysafe@laddinc.org.  
  
Sincerely,  
Susan Brownknight  
CEO, LADD
LADD families and loved ones,  
 
Currently, LADD has 13 active, confirmed COVID-19 cases. Please read our previous updates for more information.  
 
This past week brought additional COVID-19 cases, and at the same time, the opportunity for many at LADD to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. I’m happy to report that 110 people – people we support, staff and HLADD providers – were vaccinated last Saturday. But it is clear that although we are one step closer to beating this virus, we are also experiencing the highest incidence of cases at LADD and in Hamilton County since the pandemic began.  
 
I know we are tired, but we have come so far – nearly a year – in this battle. Until enough people are vaccinated to slow or eliminate the spread, our community is still at risk. The precautions you, your loved ones and LADD staff are taking every day are preventing an outbreak at LADD, as well as severe disease and hospitalizations for those who have tested positive. Another critical tool in doing that is the vaccine. Last week, we hosted Dr. Juliana Sa, staff scientist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on our COVID-19 Staff Briefing. Employees heard directly from the infectious disease expert on the science behind these vaccines as she debunked several myths and explained in detail why she considers them the “cleanest, safest” vaccines.  
 
Additionally, we still expect Jan. 23 to be the next opportunity for people supported by LADD, as well as employees and HLADD providers, to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Please read more below. 
 
Vaccine Distribution  
 
The Cincinnati Health Department has tentatively scheduled Saturday, Jan. 23, as the date for our vaccine clinic at LADD. Once we have confirmation and registration instructions, we will send out details. We expect everyone at LADD who has not yet received their first dose – all employees, people supported and HLADD – to be eligible for this clinic. However, we will prioritize people supported by LADD if vaccine availability is limited. Family members are not eligible at this time. Again, we will communicate all details as soon as we learn more from the health department.  
 
Our COVID-19 Task Force will also be working with managers to ensure we have a plan for each person supported by LADD to be vaccinated, including transportation to and from the clinic on Jan. 23, if they (or their guardian) consent.   
 
If your loved one received their first dose of the vaccine by the Cincinnati Health Department on Jan. 9, they will be contacted by the Cincinnati Health Department through the email and/or phone number used to register.  LADD staff will be watching their emails if used and our COVID-19 Task Force members will also be notified and will share any information received.  
 
Additionally, please remember that we must continue our safety precautions – wearing masks, practicing social distancing, washing our hands, frequently disinfecting and more – even after receiving the vaccine. It takes time for the vaccine to work and public health officials will tell us when it is safe to do things without a mask. 
 
Resources: 
 
State/County Updates
 
  • Hamilton County moved to Purple/Level 4 on Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System this week, indicating severe exposure and spread of the virus. 
  • There are currently 814,442 reported cases of COVID-19 in Ohio. 
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please email  staysafe@laddinc.org.  
  
Sincerely,  
Susan Brownknight  
CEO, LADD 
LADD families and loved ones, 
 
We have been informed of an additional positive COVID-19 case at LADD. The person is an employee at Geier Apartments and is currently quarantining. Those who had close contact have also been informed and are quarantining. If you have not been contacted by LADD staff, your loved one has not been directly impacted. 
 
This brings us to 13 current and active cases at LADD. 
 
This virus is spreading faster and impacting more people than ever before. Ohio and much of the nation are experiencing the dark days of winter we all spoke of months ago. 
 
We must recommit to the basics and be part of the solution: wearing masks, avoiding gatherings, washing our hands, staying six feet apart when possible and getting vaccinated. We must be on top of our game until we get to the other side, where enough people are vaccinated to slow the spread. 
 
Thank you for your partnership in ensuring the health and safety of our community. 
 
Sincerely,
Susan Brownknight
CEO, LADD
LADD families and loved ones,  
 
Three additional COVID-19 cases have been confirmed at LADD, including a Find-A-Way Apartments employee and two people supported in our Community Supported Living (CSL) Program. LADD currently has 12 active, confirmed cases. Other cases include one employee at our Victory Parkway Program; three providers and two people supported in HLADD; one resident and one employee at Geier Apartments; and a CSL employee.
 
Those who tested positive this week are quarantining and continue to receive services virtually through remote support technology; the employee will return to work once completing CDC return-to-work guidance. Those who had close contact are also quarantining per CDC guidance.
 
We continue to conduct wellness checks, reinforce mask wearing and disinfect high-touch surfaces. We are also asking Find-A-Way Apartments residents to avoid congregating with each other. Additionally, our twice-monthly testing partnership with the Health Collaborative, available for employees who work in high-risk homes, will continue for the next two months.   
 
We are hopeful many in our community will be vaccinated over the coming weeks as we continue moving through the winter months and facing the most difficult time of the pandemic. Staff and your loved ones began receiving the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 9, administered by the Cincinnati Health Department. For those who could not attend, Jan. 23 is the next tentative date when your loved ones, employees and HLADD providers will be able to receive the first dose of the vaccine. We will keep you informed as we have more details to share.  
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please email staysafe@laddinc.org.   
   
Sincerely,   
Susan Brownknight   
CEO, LADD  
LADD families and loved ones, 
 
Currently, we have 10 active and confirmed COVID-19 cases at LADD. Since yesterday, we have received confirmation of an additional case in an HLADD setting. 
 
With the exception of HLADD settings — where people are living with families — these cases are a result of community spread not spread taking place at LADD. So, please keep washing your hands, practicing social distancing and wearing your mask. It is working!
 
That said, I am excited to report that today we learned people supported by LADD, staff and HLADD contractors have an opportunity to get THE FIRST of two vaccine doses tomorrow, Jan. 9, by the Cincinnati Health Department. Spots are first come, first serve and there will be another opportunity soon to be vaccinated if someone cannot make tomorrow.  
 
Tomorrow’s vaccination day includes the following people:
1)      People supported by LADD
2)      LADD staff
3)      HLADD contractors
 
Families and volunteers are not included. 
 
LADD staff are currently working with your loved ones to see if they consent* to get the vaccine and are available.
 
If someone can’t attend tomorrow, Jan. 23 is our next tentative date for your loved ones, LADD staff and contractors to receive the first dose of the vaccine. We will have a sign-up closer to the date (as sign-ups are date and location specific).
 
*Guardian Consent*
 
If you are a medical guardian of your loved one served by LADD and you want your loved one to receive the vaccine, your LADD point of contact must receive the following email from you:
 
“I [insert name here] consent to have LADD register [insert name of your loved one here] to receive an FDA-approved vaccine for COVID-19 and to transport my loved one to receive the vaccine.”
 
Please email staysafe@laddinc.org should have additional questions or concerns. 
 
Sincerely,
Susan Brownknight
CEO, LADD
LADD families and loved ones,
 
Five additional COVID-19 cases have been confirmed at LADD, including two people supported in our Community Supported Living Program and three people who live at Geier Apartments. This brings us to six active and confirmed cases with a CSL employee still recovering. Others who previously tested positive have recovered and completed CDC quarantine guidelines. 
 
The five individuals who tested positive this week are quarantining; staff continue to provide services in person with full PPE and virtually through remote support technology. Those who had close contact are also quarantining per CDC guidance  and are currently reporting no symptoms. If you have not been contacted by LADD staff, your loved one has not been directly impacted. 
 
This is a frightening situation for everyone, and certainly not how people planned to spend their holidays. But these individuals continue to demonstrate courage, positivity and resilience. And we are doing everything possible to make this easier for them while limiting spread across our community. 
 
Please join me in keeping them in your thoughts this holiday week and remember to stay safe with masks, social distancing, handwashing and avoiding large gatherings. 
 
Vaccine Distribution Update 
 
Additionally, as we are learning more about vaccine distribution, we want to keep you informed every step of the way. Many questions remain and we are still waiting on final communication and guidance from the county and state, but below is what we know right now. 
 
Many LADD staff and people we support qualify for the first round of vaccinations. Hamilton County Public Health, Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services (HCDDS) and Ohio’s Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) are working together on a plan to distribute vaccines to people with disabilities living in congregate settings (two or more people) and staff working at those sites.  
 
When will we first start having access to the vaccines? 
Vaccine distribution for residents and staff in congregate settings at LADD could begin as soon as mid-January.  
 
Who qualifies for this first round of vaccines in our community? 
LADD has been told that we will be able to review the list before it is finalized. We believe Find-A-Way and Geier Apartments will qualify for the first round of vaccine distribution. However, we have NOT seen the final list to confirm this. We are communicating closely with HCDDS to make sure everyone that qualifies is on the list. 
  
We have been told that Ohio has allocated enough vaccines for both the people we support and staff who work directly with individuals in those settings. We are considering all staff who work at these as qualifying, including CCP, and will advocate for these employees to be included in this first round. Families and/or natural supports are not included in the first round of vaccinations. 
 
How will it work? 
LADD leadership will be contacted by Hamilton County Public Health or HCDDS when they have an idea of when vaccinations will take place. We are advocating that they come to our sites, but once we know when and where, we will communicate all the details. There is a good chance we may not be able to provide vaccinations at the site in which people live and work. However, we have requested for this to happen if it is possible.  
 
Who exactly will be distributing and administering the vaccines?  
The vaccines for our community will be distributed and administered by Hamilton County Public Health in coordination with HCDDS. We have been asked by the Hamilton County Public Health if we have nurses on staff who could help with the administering of the vaccines, for which we answered “yes.” However, we have received no indication as to whether or not we will be able to have LADD nurses administer them.    
 
How will our loved ones give consent? 
Anyone who receives a vaccine must give consent. If you are a legal or medical guardian for your loved one, we will reach out with a consent form when we have it and will need a prompt reply. Unfortunately, we can’t send these out far in advance because they are specific to the vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) and we don’t know which vaccine we will have access to yet. Additionally, your loved one must still give their consent even if you, as a guardian, consent.  
 
We will be using a plain language guide for the vaccines to inform and communicate with your loved ones. Additional FAQs about the vaccines are linked below.  
 
When will those who live or work in non-congregate settings have access to the vaccines?  
We continue to advocate for quick access to vaccines for the entire LADD community and will keep you informed as soon as we know more.  
 
Additional information and frequently asked questions about the vaccines: 
 
If you have any questions or concerns, email staysafe@laddinc.org
 
As we begin the countdown to a new year and start planning for vaccines, I’m filled with a sense of awe and deep appreciation for all the hard work, sacrifices and adjustments the entire LADD community has made to persevere this year and keep our community safe. I hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season. 
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight 
CEO, LADD
LADD families and loved ones,
  
An additional COVID-19 case – an employee – has been confirmed in our Community Supported Living (CSL) Program. Currently, LADD has five active and confirmed cases: two CSL employees, a resident at Geier Apartments who receives services from another provider, and a provider and a person supported in HLADD.
 
This employee is quarantining and and we are supporting them in any way we can during this scary time. They will remain off the schedule until completing CDC return-to-work guidance. Those who had close contact are also quarantining per CDC guidance and are currently reporting no symptoms. If you have not been contacted by LADD staff, your loved one has not been directly impacted.
 
We continue to protect our community and limit spread through many precautions, including:
  • Mandatory mask wearing for LADD staff
  • Twice monthly testing for nearly 70 employees identified as working at high-risk sites through the end of December
  • Wellness checks
  • Daily disinfecting
  • Vehicle disinfectant fogging; and
  • Outings with staff limited to approved locations by our COVID-19 Task Force.  
 
Our number one priority is ensuring the health and safety of your loved ones. We could not do that without the vigilance and commitment demonstrated by you, your loved ones and our staff.
 
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by emailing staysafe@laddinc.org
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight 
CEO, LADD 
   
To LADD families and loved ones, 
 
Currently, LADD has six active, confirmed COVID-19 cases. Two additional cases as of today include a CSL employee and a resident at Geier Apartments, who receives minimal services from LADD and has not been in close contact with staff in the past two weeks. Additionally, one HLADD case reported was a false positive. This brings our current total to six cases.   
  
Those who have had close contact with these individuals have been informed and are quarantining and currently reporting no symptoms.   
 
As we have experienced, this virus won’t stop spreading just because the holidays are here. Thankfully, LADD’s team of dedicated frontline employees – DSPs, supervisors and more – have responded with swift determination to keep the people we support as safe and healthy as possible.  I know, as a team, we will continue stepping up with courage, leading with compassion and innovating with creativity as we enter the winter season. 
 
Even while we anticipate a vaccine, the challenge of the next few weeks and months should not be lost on anyone. Gov. DeWine reiterated this week what lies ahead: “We’re heading into the biggest holiday season on our calendar, while riding the biggest wave of COVID-19 that we’ve had so far. What each of us does in the next 21 days will set us on the path – good or bad – for the next year.” 
  
And what each of us does will have an impact on our entire community. Please remember that every time you put on your mask or gather outside with your loved one. Each time, you’re protecting them and the people they live and interact with. Each time, you’re helping us get one step closer to the finish line.     
 
Ohio’s Vaccination Program 
Ohio’s first phase of vaccine distribution is expected to begin on or around December 15. During Phase 1, supply will be limited. Critical groups identified in Phase 1 include people with developmental disabilities living in group homes or centers and staff at those locations. However, this does not mean those who are supported or employed by LADD, who choose to receive a vaccine, will have access to it in this initial distribution. The amount of people who are included in Phase 1 far exceed the number of vaccinations Ohio is expected to receive this month and there are prioritizations even within this phase. We are advocating strongly to be in the first few groups that receive it, but do not have any additional information at this point. We will inform you as soon we do. 
 
CDC Quarantine Recommendations 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided alternative quarantining options for people who have been exposed to COVID-19. If individuals do not develop symptoms, the CDC is recommending they need to only quarantine for 10 days; if they test negative, that period can be reduced to seven days. The agency maintains that a 14-day quarantine remains the safest option, but it acknowledges this length places difficult demands on people. It also acknowledges that local public health authorities determine and establish the quarantine options for their jurisdictions.  As such, LADD’s protocols will be based on direction from Hamilton County Public Health and/or the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. So, at this juncture, LADD’s protocols remain unchanged. 
 
Return to Work Protocols 
If an employee tests positive, LADD will follow the CDC’s most recent guidance in ending quarantine
  • Those with symptoms can be around others:  
  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared  and 
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication  and 
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving 
  • Those without symptoms can be around others: 
  • 10 days have passed since the date of the positive test and continue to have no symptoms 
 
This is a change from our previous protocols in requiring a negative test before returning to work. The CDC points out people may continue to test positive for three months or more without being contagious to others. For this reason, it recommends testing in this situation only if people develop new symptoms of possible COVID-19 and discussing this option with a healthcare provider, especially if someone has been in close contact with another person who has tested positive in the last 14 days.  
 
Expanded Employee Testing 
As cases surge around us, we have expanded COVID-19 testing for nearly 70 employees previously identified as working at high-risk sites and involved in our routine antibody testing. Working with the Health Collaborative’s Test and Protect program, we are providing free nasal swab testing every two weeks from Nov. 16-Dec. 28 for these employees. This testing is a critical tool in keeping our community safe through the holidays.  
 
LADD COVID-19 2020 Holiday Visiting Guidance 
 LADD understands how important the holiday season is in reconnecting with family and friends, especially after enduring a tough 2020. However, we are asking for your partnership and cooperation in taking extra precautions to keep our community safe. COVID-19 impacts people with developmental disabilities disproportionately, with serious and deadly outcomes. While LADD is doing everything we can to keep our community safe – including your loved ones, their housemates and our employees – it requires all of us. To that end, we have outlined several options below as guidance to help facilitate safe gatherings for the holiday season.  
  
Anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not partake in any visits.  
  
We ask that you or your loved one let us know which option you all choose by notifying your DSP leads, coordinators or program managers.  
  
Option 1: A person supported by LADD celebrates the holiday with their family and stays with them for seven days. We ask that the person and their family minimize contact with people outside the household, maintain social distancing and wear masks to the maximum extent possible. On the seventh day, the person supported will return to LADD for an antibody test.* Should that test be negative and the person is not experiencing symptoms, the person can return to their normal routine at LADD. 
  
Option 2: A person supported by LADD celebrates the holiday with their family for one day. The family members who will be present all undergo COVID-19 testing prior to the holiday event and provide LADD staff with documentation of negative results. The person supported can visit for the day and return to LADD and their normal routine that same day. 
  
Option 3: If family is unable to be tested and a person supported by LADD is staying less than seven days, they will be asked to self-quarantine and wear a mask around others once returning to LADD. On the seventh day since visiting their family, the person will receive an antibody test. If the test is negative and the person is not experiencing symptoms, they can return to their normal routine. 
  
Option 4: The family of a person supported visits LADD. Prior to scheduled visit, each visitor undergoes COVID-19 testing and presents documentation of negative results within the past 72 hours to the supervisor. Each visitor must also attest to not engaging in any high-risk behavior since the test was taken, such as: 
  • Any known direct exposure to someone currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms 
  • Any known direct exposure to someone who has received a positive COVID-19 test 
  • Not wearing a mask when in public and closer than six feet to others  
  • Dining indoors at a restaurant or bar 
  • Being in a group with people who aren’t social distancing or wearing masks 
  • Being in a large group of more than 10 people or crowded place 
  
Family may visit inside the home as long the total number of those gathering is 10 or less and must maintain masks, except when eating, and social distancing of six feet or more when possible.  
  
Per Appendix K, LADD is permitted to enforce Option 4 visiting measures in licensed homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information is below.  
   
Appendix K is a standalone appendix that may be utilized by states during emergency situations to request amendment to approved 1915(c) waivers. It includes actions that states can take under the existing Section 1915(c) home and community-based waiver authority in order to respond to an emergency. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Appendix K waiver relief regarding licensed home settings is effective until Jan. 26, 2021, and allows for the following modification of rule: a provider of Home and Community-Based Service (HCBS) licensed settings do not have to comply with the HCBS settings requirement at 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4)(vi)(D) which states Individuals are able to have visitors of their choosing at any time.  
  
Option 5: We will be providing holiday events at LADD for our community. However, due to size limits, we are limiting those to the people we support and their staff, who are already interacting with them on a daily or weekly basis and often undergoing regular antibody testing. 
  
  
*Antibody testing is conducted by LADD’s registered nurse. LADD utilizes antibody tests as a first layer of testing. Antibody tests will not be used as the sole basis to diagnose a COVID-19 infection, but if certain antibodies test positive, we will move forward with a swab test. 
 
County/State Updates 
  • Hamilton County remains in the Red/Level 3 with a high incidence of cases. 
  • The Ohio Department of Health is extending the statewide 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew until Jan. 2. This does not apply to those traveling for work, groceries, religious observances, medicine or carryout food.  
  • Hamilton County Public Health has issued a stay-at-home advisory. The advisory calls for residents to stay home except for work, school or essential needs, such as food or medical care. The advisory is not an order and carries no penalties, but urges us to follow this guidance as Hamilton County’s positivity rate is above 10 percent. 
  • The mask mandate and limit on gatherings with more than 10 people are both still in effect. Additional restrictions are now in place for wedding receptions, funeral repasts, and other events at banquet facilities. 
  • Health officials are warning that hospitals are reaching capacity and are being overwhelmed. 
  • Read additional state updates here
 
Free Testing Resources  
 
The Health Collaborative – Various dates and locations  
 
The Jewish Hospital — Mercy Health Outpatient Clinic  
No appointment needed. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 4777 E. Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45236. Call 513-686-3358 for more information.  
   
CVS  
  
  
 
 
Please visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates and email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org
 
Sincerely,  
Susan Brownknight  
CEO, LADD   
To LADD families and loved ones, 
  
Five new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed at LADD today. Six people who previously tested positive have recovered. The five new cases include a Community Supported Living (CSL) Program employee, a Victory Parkway Program employee, two HLADD providers and one participant in the HLADD program. With the exception of one HLADD household that includes two positive cases, none of these cases are related. 
 
Both employees and HLADD families are quarantining and we are offering support and wishes for a fast recovery. Employees will remain off the schedule until completing CDC return-to-work guidance. Those who had close contact are quarantining per CDC guidance and are currently reporting no symptoms. If you have not been contacted by LADD staff, your loved one has not been directly impacted.
 
These cases do not appear to be related to the six cases we communicated to you about in the last few weeks. Those cases included three CSL employees; a person supported in CSL who did not have contact with anyone at LADD in the past month; a resident at Geier Apartments who received services from another provider; and a person supported in our Victory Parkway Program. All have passed the CDC’s guidance for quarantining and are reporting no symptoms. 
 
Because of the previous case at Victory Parkway, almost all residents and staff members there were tested on Nov. 29 by the Health Collaborative out of an abundance of caution. LADD has not received any additional positive tests beyond this one employee from that round of testing.  
 
At both Victory Parkway and the CSL home, staff are conducting wellness checks on the few people who had close contact, reinforcing mask-wearing and disinfecting above and beyond our normal protocols. Family visits are still suspended at Victory Parkway to limit community spread. 
 
We continue to protect our community with mandatory mask wearing for LADD staff; twice monthly testing for nearly 70 employees identified as working at high-risk sites through the end of December; wellness checks; daily disinfecting; vehicle fogging; and outings with staff limited to approved locations by our COVID-19 Task Force.  
 
We are grateful to the entire LADD community for your vigilance: to staff for quickly reporting any symptoms and exposures; to the people we support for their patience and trust; and to family members and loved ones for your partnership in keeping your loved ones safe.  
 
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by emailing staysafe@laddinc.org
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight 
CEO, LADD 
To LADD families and loved ones, 
 
Currently, LADD has six active, confirmed COVID-19 cases. This includes three employees and one person supported in CSL; one resident of Geier Apartments, who is supported by another provider; and a person supported by LADD who lives at Victory Parkway. None of these cases are related and in all cases there has been no spread. Please find more information in past updates here
  
This week, Ohio’s positivity rate — the percentage of positive tests out of all tests performed — is above 15 percent for the first time since April and health officials are worried that spike will continue. In Hamilton County, the high number of cases and hospitalizations are putting our health systems on the verge of reaching capacity.   
 
We are so close to a vaccine, but we are also entering what will likely be the most devastating months of the pandemic. Each and every one of us must recommit to the simple, life-saving actions of mask-wearing, social distancing and hand-washing that will get us through to the other side.  
 
We are not at the end yet, but we will get there, together, if we stay vigilant.  
 
CDC Quarantine Recommendations
 
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided alternative quarantining options for people who have been exposed to COVID-19. If individuals do not develop symptoms, the CDC is recommending they need to only quarantine for 10 days; if they test negative, that period can be reduced to seven days. The agency maintains that a 14-day quarantine remains the safest option, but it acknowledges this length places difficult demands on people. It also acknowledges that local public health authorities determine and establish the quarantine options for their jurisdictions.  As such, LADD’s protocols will be based on direction from Hamilton County Public Health and/or the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. So, at this juncture, LADD’s protocols remain unchanged. 
 
Return to Work Protocols 
 
If an employee tests positive, LADD will follow the CDC’s most recent guidance in ending quarantine
  • Those with symptoms can be around others:  
  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and 
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and 
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving 
  • Those without symptoms can be around others: 
  • 10 days have passed since the date of the positive test and continue to have no symptoms 
 
This is a change from our previous protocols in requiring a negative test before returning to work. The CDC points out people may continue to test positive for three months or more without being contagious to others. For this reason, it recommends testing in this situation only if people develop new symptoms of possible COVID-19 and discussing this option with a healthcare provider, especially if someone has been in close contact with another person who has tested positive in the last 14 days.  
 
Expanded Employee Testing 
 
As cases surge around us, we have expanded COVID-19 testing for nearly 70 employees previously identified as working at high-risk sites and involved in our routine antibody testing. Working with the Health Collaborative’s Test and Protect program, we are providing free nasal swab testing every two weeks from Nov. 16-Dec. 28 for these employees. This testing is a critical tool in keeping our community safe through the holidays.  
 
LADD COVID-19 2020 Holiday Visiting Guidance
  
LADD understands how important the holiday season is in reconnecting with family and friends, especially after enduring a tough 2020. However, we are asking for your partnership and cooperation in taking extra precautions to keep our community safe. COVID-19 impacts people with developmental disabilities disproportionately, with serious and deadly outcomes. While LADD is doing everything we can to keep our community safe – including your loved ones, their housemates and our employees – it requires all of us. To that end, we have outlined several options below as guidance to help facilitate safe gatherings for the holiday season.  
  
Anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not partake in any visits.  
  
We ask that you or your loved one let us know which option you all choose by notifying your DSP leads, coordinators or program managers.  
  
Option 1: A person supported by LADD celebrates the holiday with their family and stays with them for seven days. We ask that the person and their family minimize contact with people outside the household, maintain social distancing and wear masks to the maximum extent possible. On the seventh day, the person supported will return to LADD for an antibody test.* Should that test be negative and the person is not experiencing symptoms, the person can return to their normal routine at LADD. 
  
Option 2: A person supported by LADD celebrates the holiday with their family for one day. The family members who will be present all undergo COVID-19 testing prior to the holiday event and provide LADD staff with documentation of negative results. The person supported can visit for the day and return to LADD and their normal routine that same day. 
  
Option 3: If family is unable to be tested and a person supported by LADD is staying less than seven days, they will be asked to self-quarantine and wear a mask around others once returning to LADD. On the seventh day since visiting their family, the person will receive an antibody test. If the test is negative and the person is not experiencing symptoms, they can return to their normal routine. 
  
Option 4: The family of a person supported visits LADD. Prior to scheduled visit, each visitor undergoes COVID-19 testing and presents documentation of negative results within the past 72 hours to the supervisor. Each visitor must also attest to not engaging in any high-risk behavior since the test was taken, such as: 
  • Any known direct exposure to someone currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms 
  • Any known direct exposure to someone who has received a positive COVID-19 test 
  • Not wearing a mask when in public and closer than six feet to others  
  • Dining indoors at a restaurant or bar 
  • Being in a group with people who aren’t social distancing or wearing masks 
  • Being in a large group of more than 10 people or crowded place 
  
Family may visit inside the home as long the total number of those gathering is 10 or less and must maintain masks, except when eating, and social distancing of six feet or more when possible.  
  
Per Appendix K, LADD is permitted to enforce Option 4 visiting measures in licensed homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information is below.  
   
Appendix K is a standalone appendix that may be utilized by states during emergency situations to request amendment to approved 1915(c) waivers. It includes actions that states can take under the existing Section 1915(c) home and community-based waiver authority in order to respond to an emergency. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Appendix K waiver relief regarding licensed home settings is effective until Jan. 26, 2021, and allows for the following modification of rule: a provider of Home and Community-Based Service (HCBS) licensed settings do not have to comply with the HCBS settings requirement at 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4)(vi)(D) which states Individuals are able to have visitors of their choosing at any time.  
  
Option 5: We will be providing holiday events at LADD for our community. However, due to size limits, we are limiting those to the people we support and their staff, who are already interacting with them on a daily or weekly basis and often undergoing regular antibody testing. 
  
  
*Antibody testing is conducted by LADD’s registered nurse. LADD utilizes antibody tests as a first layer of testing. Antibody tests will not be used as the sole basis to diagnose a COVID-19 infection, but if certain antibodies test positive, we will move forward with a swab test. 
 
County/State Updates 
  • Hamilton County remains in the Red/Level 3 with a high incidence of cases. 
  • Hamilton County Public Health issued a stay-at-home advisory two weeks ago. The advisory calls for residents to stay home except for work, school or essential needs, such as food or medical care. The advisory is not an order and carries no penalties, but urges us to follow this guidance as Hamilton County’s positivity rate is above 10 percent. 
  • Gov. DeWine has issued a statewide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. This does not apply to those traveling for work, groceries, religious observances, medicine or carryout food.  
  • The mask mandate and limit on gatherings with more than 10 people are both still in effect. Additional restrictions are now in place for wedding receptions, funeral repasts, and other events at banquet facilities. 
  • Health officials are warning that hospitals are reaching capacity and are being overwhelmed. 
  • Read additional state updates here
 
Free Testing Resources  
 
The Health Collaborative – Various dates and locations  
 
The Jewish Hospital — Mercy Health Outpatient Clinic  
No appointment needed. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 4777 E. Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45236. Call 513-686-3358 for more information.  
   
CVS  
  
  
 
 
Please visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates and email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org
 
Sincerely,  
Susan Brownknight  
CEO, LADD 
LADD families and loved ones,
 
Two additional COVID-19 cases have been confirmed at LADD, bringing us to six active and confirmed cases. The two new cases include a relief staff member and a person supported in our Community Supported Living (CSL) Program. The cases are unrelated and neither of these individuals had any contact with staff or people supported by LADD in the past two weeks.  
 
We communicated to you earlier this week about four other cases, including a person supported at Victory Parkway, two CSL employees and a resident at Geier Apartments, who receives services from a different provider. 
 
Both the person supported and the relief staff member in CSL are quarantining and we are doing anything we can to support them during this time. The employee will remain off the schedule until completing CDC return-to-work guidance. 
 
LADD continues its vigilance in protecting our community with mandatory mask wearing for LADD staff; twice monthly testing for nearly 70 employees identified as working at high-risk sites through the end of December; wellness checks; daily disinfecting; vehicle fogging; and outings with staff limited to approved locations by our COVID-19 Task Force. 
 
The courage and compassion that is on full display during these trying times cannot be understated, and we remain deeply grateful for all that you, your loved ones and our staff are doing to limit transmission of this virus. 
 
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by emailing staysafe@laddinc.org.
 
Sincerely,
Susan Brownknight
CEO, LADD
LADD families and loved ones,
 
Two additional COVID-19 cases have been confirmed at LADD. A person supported by LADD who lives at our Victory Parkway campus (not in our house with people who are at highest risk) and an employee in our Community Supported Living (CSL) Program have both tested positive.
 
Currently, there are four active and confirmed cases at LADD. Additional cases include a resident who lives at Geier Apartments, who receives services from a different provider, and another employee in CSL. These four cases do not appear to be related. 
 
Both the person supported by LADD and CSL employee are quarantining. Staff continue to provide services to the person supported while donning full PPE and using remote support technology. 
 
The CSL employee is off the schedule until completing CDC return-to-work guidance. It’s important to note this employee tested positive during our routine testing with the Health Collaborative, an important tool in limiting transmission from asymptomatic cases.
 
Those who had close contact are quarantining per CDC guidance and are currently reporting no symptoms. If you have not been contacted by LADD staff, your loved one has not been directly impacted.
 
Out of an abundance of caution, we asked the Health Collaborative to come in and test residents and staff at Victory Parkway yesterday, Nov. 29. We will keep you informed if anyone else tests positive. Similarly, we partnered with the Health Collaborative to test everyone at Geier Apartments two weeks ago, finding no additional positive results. 
 
We are suspending family visits at Victory Parkway during this time so we can limit community spread. We are also asking residents not to congregate inside or outside of the Victory Parkway buildings and to try to stay inside their homes unless they need to make an essential trip such as work, grocery shopping or doctor appointments.
 
At both Victory Parkway and the CSL home, staff are conducting wellness checks on those who had close contact, reinforcing mask-wearing and disinfecting above and beyond our normal protocols. During this surge, we have also expanded our employee COVID-19 testing to twice-monthly nasal swab tests through the end of December, thanks to our partnership with the Health Collaborative. 
 
We are doing everything we can to support those who have tested positive during this scary time and limit spread throughout the LADD community.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know by emailing staysafe@laddinc.org.
 
Sincerely,
Susan Brownknight
CEO, LADD
To LADD families and loved ones, 
  
Currently, LADD has two active, confirmed COVID-19 cases. This includes an employee in CSL and one residents of Geier Apartments. The second resident of Geier Apartments who tested positive has recovered. Please find more information in past updates here
  
During this season of thanks, I want to express my gratitude for each of you and your partnership and patience during an unpredictable year. Through it all, the bonds of our community – resilient and compassionate employees and HLADD providers, your loved ones, family members and supporters – have strengthened. And the entire community’s steadfast commitment to LADD’s mission has carried us through nearly nine months of this crisis.  
 
For that, I am forever thankful.  
 
I know, though, that it can be hard to feel grateful in times like these. We are missing our families and friends. Grieving over life as we knew it or life as we planned it. Struggling to fight the fatigue. Reminding ourselves to practice empathy over apathy.  
 
But we are persevering. We have banded together to protect your loved ones, to protect each other. Never in our lifetimes have our actions had such an impact on both those we love and those we barely know.  
 
This Thanksgiving, I hope you are able to connect with your loved ones safely. As we are in what may be the grimmest months of the pandemic, I ask you to make decisions informed by surging COVID-19 numbers and continue keeping your loved ones and our employees safe this holiday season.  
 
I am so grateful for this community. We will get through this, together.  
 
Expanded Employee Testing 
 
As cases surge around us, we have expanded COVID-19 testing for nearly 70 employees previously identified as working at high-risk sites and involved in our routine antibody testing. Working with the Health Collaborative’s Test and Protect program, we are providing free nasal swab testing every two weeks from Nov. 16-Dec. 28 for these employees. This testing is a critical tool in keeping our community safe through the holidays.  
 
LADD COVID-19 2020 Holiday Visiting Guidance 
  
LADD understands how important the holiday season is in reconnecting with family and friends, especially after enduring a tough 2020. However, we are asking for your partnership and cooperation in taking extra precautions to keep our community safe. COVID-19 impacts people with developmental disabilities disproportionately, with serious and deadly outcomes. While LADD is doing everything we can to keep our community safe – including your loved ones, their housemates and our employees – it requires all of us. To that end, we have outlined several options below as guidance to help facilitate safe gatherings for the holiday season.  
  
Anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not partake in any visits.  
  
We ask that you or your loved one let us know which option you all choose by notifying your DSP leads, coordinators or program managers.  
  
Option 1: A person supported by LADD celebrates the holiday with their family and stays with them for seven days. We ask that the person and their family minimize contact with people outside the household, maintain social distancing and wear masks to the maximum extent possible. On the seventh day, the person supported will return to LADD for an antibody test.* Should that test be negative and the person is not experiencing symptoms, the person can return to their normal routine at LADD. 
  
Option 2: A person supported by LADD celebrates the holiday with their family for one day. The family members who will be present all undergo COVID-19 testing prior to the holiday event and provide LADD staff with documentation of negative results. The person supported can visit for the day and return to LADD and their normal routine that same day. 
  
Option 3: If family is unable to be tested and a person supported by LADD is staying less than seven days, they will be asked to self-quarantine and wear a mask around others once returning to LADD. On the seventh day since visiting their family, the person will receive an antibody test. If the test is negative and the person is not experiencing symptoms, they can return to their normal routine. 
  
Option 4: The family of a person supported visits LADD. Prior to scheduled visit, each visitor undergoes COVID-19 testing and presents documentation of negative results within the past 72 hours to the supervisor. Each visitor must also attest to not engaging in any high-risk behavior since the test was taken, such as: 
  • Any known direct exposure to someone currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms 
  • Any known direct exposure to someone who has received a positive COVID-19 test 
  • Not wearing a mask when in public and closer than six feet to others  
  • Dining indoors at a restaurant or bar 
  • Being in a group with people who aren’t social distancing or wearing masks 
  • Being in a large group of more than 10 people or crowded place 
  
Family may visit inside the home as long the total number of those gathering is 10 or less and must maintain masks, except when eating, and social distancing of six feet or more when possible.  
  
Per Appendix K, LADD is permitted to enforce Option 4 visiting measures in licensed homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information is below.  
   
Appendix K is a standalone appendix that may be utilized by states during emergency situations to request amendment to approved 1915(c) waivers. It includes actions that states can take under the existing Section 1915(c) home and community-based waiver authority in order to respond to an emergency. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Appendix K waiver relief regarding licensed home settings is effective until Jan. 26, 2021, and allows for the following modification of rule: a provider of Home and Community-Based Service (HCBS) licensed settings do not have to comply with the HCBS settings requirement at 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4)(vi)(D) which states Individuals are able to have visitors of their choosing at any time.  
  
Option 5: We will be providing holiday events at LADD for our community. However, due to size limits, we are limiting those to the people we support and their staff, who are already interacting with them on a daily or weekly basis and often undergoing regular antibody testing. 
  
*Antibody testing is conducted by LADD’s registered nurse. LADD utilizes antibody tests as a first layer of testing. Antibody tests will not be used as the sole basis to diagnose a COVID-19 infection, but if certain antibodies test positive, we will move forward with a swab test. 
 
County/State Updates 
  • Hamilton County remains in the Red/Level 3 with a high incidence of cases. 
  • A majority of Ohio counties are now in the Red/Level 3. 
  • Hamilton County Public Health issued a stay-at-home advisory last week. The advisory calls for residents to stay home except for work, school or essential needs, such as food or medical care. The advisory is not an order and carries no penalties, but urges us to follow this guidance as Hamilton County’s positivity rate is above 10 percent. 
  • Gov. DeWine issued a three-week statewide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. This does not apply to those traveling for work, groceries, religious observances, medicine or carryout food.  
  • The mask mandate and limit on gatherings with more than 10 people are both still in effect. Additional restrictions are now in place for wedding receptions, funeral repasts, and other events at banquet facilities. 
  • As we approach Thanksgiving, Gov. DeWine is reminding people that “when someone you don’t live with enters your ‘bubble,’ it puts everyone you live with at risk.” 
  • Read additional state updates here
 
Free Testing Resources  
 
Please visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates and email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org
 
Sincerely,  
Susan Brownknight  
CEO, LADD
To LADD families and loved ones, 
  
Currently, LADD has three active, confirmed COVID-19 cases. We informed you earlier this week of an employee in CSL testing positive, in addition to two residents of Geier Apartments. We remain hopeful for speedy recoveries. Three other people in HLADD have now recovered. Finally, after testing everyone at Geier Apartments we have been informed of no other positive tests by the Health Department, which indicates that there was little to no spread — a testament to the staff and residents of Geier Apartments. 
  
This week, staggering numbers were reported for COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and ICU patients in Ohio and across the U.S. As experts warn our health care systems are in danger of being overwhelmed, Ohio has implemented a three-week statewide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and Hamilton County Public Health has issued a stay-at-home advisory. The advisory calls for residents to stay home except for work, school or essential needs, such as food or medical care. The advisory is not an order and carries no penalties, but urges us to follow this guidance as Hamilton County’s positivity rate is above 10 percent.  
 
Through our precautions and the vigilance your loved ones and our staff display every day, we have so far prevented widespread transmission in the LADD community. We can and we must uphold this level of safety through this surge.  
 
I deeply appreciate your partnership in keeping our community safe and healthy.  
 
Expanded Employee Testing 
 
As cases surge around us, we have expanded COVID-19 testing for nearly 70 employees previously identified as working at high-risk sites and involved in our routine antibody testing. Working with the Health Collaborative’s Test and Protect program, we are providing free nasal swab testing every two weeks from Nov. 16-Dec. 28 for these employees. This testing is a critical tool in keeping our community safe through the holidays.  
 
LADD COVID-19 2020 Holiday Visiting Guidance 
  
LADD understands how important the holiday season is in reconnecting with family and friends, especially after enduring a tough 2020. However, we are asking for your partnership and cooperation in taking extra precautions to keep our community safe. COVID-19 impacts people with developmental disabilities disproportionately, with serious and deadly outcomes. While LADD is doing everything we can to keep our community safe – including your loved ones, their housemates and our employees – it requires all of us. To that end, we have outlined several options below as guidance to help facilitate safe gatherings for the holiday season.  
  
Anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not partake in any visits.  
  
We ask that you or your loved one let us know which option you all choose by notifying your DSP leads, coordinators or program managers.  
  
Option 1: A person supported by LADD celebrates the holiday with their family and stays with them for seven days. We ask that the person and their family minimize contact with people outside the household, maintain social distancing and wear masks to the maximum extent possible. On the seventh day, the person supported will return to LADD for an antibody test.* Should that test be negative and the person is not experiencing symptoms, the person can return to their normal routine at LADD. 
  
Option 2: A person supported by LADD celebrates the holiday with their family for one day. The family members who will be present all undergo COVID-19 testing prior to the holiday event and provide LADD staff with documentation of negative results. The person supported can visit for the day and return to LADD and their normal routine that same day. 
  
Option 3: If family is unable to be tested and a person supported by LADD is staying less than seven days, they will be asked to self-quarantine and wear a mask around others once returning to LADD. On the seventh day since visiting their family, the person will receive an antibody test. If the test is negative and the person is not experiencing symptoms, they can return to their normal routine. 
  
Option 4: The family of a person supported visits LADD. Prior to scheduled visit, each visitor undergoes COVID-19 testing and presents documentation of negative results within the past 72 hours to the supervisor. Each visitor must also attest to not engaging in any high-risk behavior since the test was taken, such as: 
  • Any known direct exposure to someone currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms 
  • Any known direct exposure to someone who has received a positive COVID-19 test 
  • Not wearing a mask when in public and closer than six feet to others  
  • Dining indoors at a restaurant or bar 
  • Being in a group with people who aren’t social distancing or wearing masks 
  • Being in a large group of more than 10 people or crowded place 
  
Family may visit inside the home as long the total number of those gathering is 10 or less and must maintain masks, except when eating, and social distancing of six feet or more when possible.  
  
Per Appendix K, LADD is permitted to enforce Option 4 visiting measures in licensed homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information is below.  
   
Appendix K is a standalone appendix that may be utilized by states during emergency situations to request amendment to approved 1915(c) waivers. It includes actions that states can take under the existing Section 1915(c) home and community-based waiver authority in order to respond to an emergency. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Appendix K waiver relief regarding licensed home settings is effective until Jan. 26, 2021, and allows for the following modification of rule: a provider of Home and Community-Based Service (HCBS) licensed settings do not have to comply with the HCBS settings requirement at 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4)(vi)(D) which states Individuals are able to have visitors of their choosing at any time.  
  
Option 5: We will be providing holiday events at LADD for our community. However, due to size limits, we are limiting those to the people we support and their staff, who are already interacting with them on a daily or weekly basis and often undergoing regular antibody testing. 
  
  
*Antibody testing is conducted by LADD’s registered nurse. LADD utilizes antibody tests as a first layer of testing. Antibody tests will not be used as the sole basis to diagnose a COVID-19 infection, but if certain antibodies test positive, we will move forward with a swab test. 
 
 
County/State Updates 
 
  • Hamilton County remains in the Red/Level 3 with a high incidence of cases. 
  • A majority of Ohio counties are now in the Red/Level 3. 
  • Hamilton County Public Health issued a stay-at-home advisory this week. The advisory calls for residents to stay home except for work, school or essential needs, such as food or medical care. The advisory is not an order and carries no penalties, but urges us to follow this guidance as Hamilton County’s positivity rate is above 10 percent. 
  • Gov. DeWine issued a three-week statewide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. This does not apply to those traveling for work, groceries, religious observances, medicine or carryout food.  
  • The mask mandate and limit on gatherings with more than 10 people are both still in effect. Additional restrictions are now in place for wedding receptions, funeral repasts, and other events at banquet facilities. 
  • As we approach Thanksgiving, Gov. DeWine is reminding people that “when someone you don’t live with enters your ‘bubble,’ it puts everyone you live with at risk.” 
  • Read additional state updates here
 
Free Testing Resources 
  
Pop-ups:  
Nov. 22 
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Parking Lot 
1000 Sycamore St. 
Cincinnati, OH 45202  
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  
 
Nov. 22 
Winton Terrace Apartment Homes 
4848 Winneste Ave.  
Cincinnati, OH 45232 
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.  
  
 
The Health Collaborative – Various dates and locations  
 
The Jewish Hospital — Mercy Health Outpatient Clinic  
No appointment needed. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 4777 E. Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45236. Call 513-686-3358 for more information.  
   
CVS  
  
  
 
 
Please visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates and email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org
 
Sincerely,  
Susan Brownknight  
CEO, LADD 
LADD families and loved ones,  
 
An employee in LADD’s Community Supported Living (CSL) Program has tested positive for COVID-19. Currently, there are three active and confirmed cases at LADD. Two other cases are at Geier Apartments. Three people in HLADD have recovered.
 
The employee is quarantining and we are working with them to ensure they have the support they need. 
 
Those who had close contact are quarantining per CDC guidance and are currently reporting no symptoms. If you have not been contacted by LADD staff, your loved one has not been directly impacted.
 
Out of an abundance of caution, staff working at impacted sites will be providing services in full PPE, conducting wellness checks and disinfecting above and beyond our normal COVID-19 protocols.
 
LADD continues to require stringent health and safety measures, many of which were implemented in early March. During this surge, we have also expanded our employee COVID-19 testing to twice-monthly nasal swab tests through the end of December, thanks to a partnership with the Health Collaborative.
 
We are working tirelessly to support this employee and ensure the health, safety and well-being of our entire LADD community.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know by emailing staysafe@laddinc.org
 
Sincerely,
Susan Brownknight
CEO, LADD
LADD families and loved ones,  
 
A second person who lives at Geier Apartments has tested positive for COVID-19. 
 
Currently, there are five active cases of COVID-19 that LADD is monitoring. Three cases are currently at HLADD, including one provider, and two cases are at Geier Apartments. Both Geier residents are not currently staying at the apartments. One person is supported by another provider, although because they reside at Geier Apartments we consider the case one of LADD’s active cases.  
 
Out of an abundance of caution, we are working to provide testing for all residents of Geier Apartments and that will likely occur this week. Family members of any resident who has been directly affected have already been notified.
 
Geier staff are currently conducting wellness checks on residents, continuing to reinforce mask wearing, including providing KN95 masks, and disinfecting the building. We are also asking residents not to congregate inside or outside of the building and to try to stay inside their apartments unless they need to make an essential trip such as work, grocery shopping or doctor appointments.
 
Staff members who were exposed have been taken off the schedule and will undergo testing. They must receive a negative result before returning to work.
 
As COVID-19 cases continue increasing in Hamilton County and beyond, ensuring the health and safety of the LADD community remains our number one priority. We will keep you informed as we have more information to communicate.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know by emailing staysafe@laddinc.org
 
Sincerely,
Susan Brownknight
CEO, LADD
To LADD families and loved ones, 
 
Currently, LADD has four active, confirmed COVID-19 cases. Read more details in previous updates here
 
Ohio again broke a record yesterday for the number of new COVID-19 cases. The state is also seeing more doctor/ER visits resulting in COVID-19 diagnoses than ever and a record number of Ohioans with COVID-19 in hospitals and ICUs. Additionally, Hamilton County is experiencing an “explosion of activity” due to indoor gatherings, according to Hamilton County Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman. 
 
While cases are rising exponentially, we are optimistic that our efforts are minimizing the spread in our community as it runs rampant outside of LADD. And we’re proud that we have continued to move forward despite the pandemic. We are finding people employment and housing more people than ever before in our SOAR Program. We have launched our groundbreaking Smart Living Pilot, expanded our health and wellness programming, and kicked off our region wide drive-in movie programming. We are forging new ground with our community-based police trainings and aggressively furthering a culture of equity and inclusion through “The LADD Way,” a culture change process to create and sustain a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. 
 
These next few months will require even more creativity, commitment and collaboration from all of us. And it will require us to care for each other and dig into our reservoir of compassion and understanding for ourselves, our families and our neighbors. But if we can deliver on this, as I said months ago, I believe we will cross the finish line together, safe, healthy and stronger than ever before.    
 
This week, we’re releasing guidance for safe holiday visits. Please read through below and let us know of any questions or concerns by emailing staysafe@laddinc.org.  
 
COVID-19 2020 Holiday Visiting Guidance
  
LADD understands how important the holiday season is in reconnecting with family and friends, especially after enduring a tough 2020. However, we are asking for your partnership and cooperation in taking extra precautions to keep our community safe. COVID-19 impacts people with developmental disabilities disproportionately, with serious and deadly outcomes. While LADD is doing everything we can to keep our community safe – including your loved ones, their housemates and our employees – it requires all of us. To that end, we have outlined several options below to help facilitate safe gatherings for the holiday season.  
  
Anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not partake in any visits.  
  
We ask that you or your loved one let us know which option you all choose by notifying your DSP leads, coordinators or program managers.  
  
Option 1: A person supported by LADD celebrates the holiday with their family and stays with them for seven days. We ask that the person and their family minimize contact with people outside the household, maintain social distancing and wear masks to the maximum extent possible. On the seventh day, the person supported will return to LADD for an antibody test.* Should that test be negative and the person is not experiencing symptoms, the person can return to their normal routine at LADD. 
  
Option 2: A person supported by LADD celebrates the holiday with their family for one day. The family members who will be present all undergo COVID-19 testing prior to the holiday event and provide LADD staff with documentation of negative results. The person supported can visit for the day and return to LADD and their normal routine that same day. 
  
Option 3: If family is unable to be tested and a person supported by LADD is staying less than seven days, they will be asked to self-quarantine and wear a mask around others once returning to LADD. On the seventh day since visiting their family, the person will receive an antibody test. If the test is negative and the person is not experiencing symptoms, they can return to their normal routine. 
  
Option 4: The family of a person supported visits LADD. Prior to scheduled visit, each visitor undergoes COVID-19 testing and presents documentation of negative results within the past 72 hours to the supervisor. Each visitor must also attest to not engaging in any high-risk behavior since the test was taken, such as: 
  • Any known direct exposure to someone currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms 
  • Any known direct exposure to someone who has received a positive COVID-19 test 
  • Not wearing a mask when in public and closer than six feet to others  
  • Dining indoors at a restaurant or bar 
  • Being in a group with people who aren’t social distancing or wearing masks 
  • Being in a large group of more than 10 people or crowded place 
  
Family may visit inside the home as long the total number of those gathering is 10 or less and must maintain masks, except when eating, and social distancing of six feet or more when possible.  
  
Per Appendix K, LADD is permitted to enforce Option 4 visiting measures in licensed homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information is below.  
   
Appendix K is a standalone appendix that may be utilized by states during emergency situations to request amendment to approved 1915(c) waivers. It includes actions that states can take under the existing Section 1915(c) home and community-based waiver authority in order to respond to an emergency. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Appendix K waiver relief regarding licensed home settings is effective until Jan. 26, 2021, and allows for the following modification of rule: a provider of Home and Community-Based Service (HCBS) licensed settings do not have to comply with the HCBS settings requirement at 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4)(vi)(D) which states Individuals are able to have visitors of their choosing at any time.  
  
Option 5: We will be providing holiday events at LADD for our community. However, due to size limits, we are limiting those to the people we support and their staff, who are already interacting with them on a daily or weekly basis and often undergoing regular antibody testing. 
  
  
*Antibody testing is conducted by LADD’s registered nurse. LADD utilizes antibody tests as a first layer of testing. Antibody tests will not be used as the sole basis to diagnose a COVID-19 infection, but if certain antibodies test positive, we will move forward with a swab test. 
 
 
Please visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates and email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight 
CEO, LADD 
LADD families and loved ones,  
 
A person supported and their HLADD provider have tested positive for COVID-19. Both are quarantining and have had no contact with others at LADD. HLADD is working hard to provide the needed support.
 
With the aforementioned cases, LADD currently has four active and confirmed COVID-19 cases. We informed you last week of someone who lives at Geier Apartments – who receives services from another provider – and another person supported by HLADD testing positive. Read those updates here.
 
We are reminding the entire LADD community to stay vigilant as the virus is spreading at an alarming rate in Hamilton County and beyond. LADD is doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of your loved ones and our employees, as well supporting our community through these incredibly trying times. 
 
Although fatigue is setting in across our nation — perhaps even among our friends and families — now is not the time to let our guard down. We must remain united in protecting your loved ones. We have done so for eight months and I have every confidence that we can and will get all of us through this safe and healthy. 
 
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by emailing staysafe@laddinc.org.
 
Sincerely,
Susan Brownknight
CEO, LADD
To LADD families and loved ones, 
 
Currently, LADD has two active, confirmed COVID-19 cases.  As I shared with you earlier this week, we are working hard to support the person who lives at Geier Apartments and the person supported by an HLADD provider. We are awaiting test results from staff who were exposed and are currently quarantining at home; we will keep you updated with any new information. 
 
Across Ohio and in Hamilton County, the data is grim and the spread is even more alarming. Governor DeWine announced yesterday that Ohio has now hit a record number of cases reported in a single 24-hour period. He is imploring all of us to take action. “We must face this virus head-on with the tools that we know can beat this virus back: masks, social distancing, washing hands frequently, and good ventilation when inside,” he said.  
 
Although Hamilton County has yet to increase to a Purple/Level 4, we want you to be aware of what would and wouldn’t change at LADD, barring any additional state guidance. In addition to expanding our employee COVID-19 testing in November to twice monthly using nasal swab tests, a Level 4 would also prompt LADD’s COVID-19 Task Force to further scrutinize indoor outing locations. Those approved outings are reviewed and released weekly in these updates.  
 
We remain united in protecting and supporting your loved ones, especially as we face hard weeks like this. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by emailing staysafe@laddinc.org.  
 
County/State Updates 
 
  • Hamilton County remains in the Red/Level 3 with cases rising steadily and hospitalizations remaining elevated.  
  • Although Hamilton county is no longer listed on Ohio’s watch list for Purple/Level 4, there are still serious concerns about the spread here.  
  • As of Thursday, 83 of Ohio’s 88 counties have a high incidence of COVID-19. 
  • Gov. DeWine said a big part of the spread is coming from informal gatherings. 
  • Read additional state updates here
 
Voting in the Pandemic 
 
Election Day is this coming Tuesday, Nov. 3! With just a few days to go, it is recommended mail-in ballots be dropped off at the Hamilton County Board of Elections at 4700 Smith Rd, Cincinnati OH 45212.   
 
Ohio Mail-In Voting: 
Deadline to request the ballot by mail: Oct. 31 
Where to apply for absentee:  By mail 
Ballots due, if mailed:  Postmarked by Nov. 2 and received by 10 days after Election Day.  
Ballots due, if dropping off in person: by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day  
 
 
Approved Indoor Outings for Red / Level 3
 
LADD staff are allowed to take the people they support on the below indoor outings when Hamilton County is at a Level 3 / Red or lower on the Public Health Advisory System.  
 
Approved: 
  • Contemporary Art Center 
  • Forrest Fair Mall (Abandoned) 
  • Krohn Conservatory 
  • Grocery Stores 
  • Freedom Center 
  • Cincinnati Art Museum 
  • Sign Museum 
  • Fort Ancient Museum 
  • Creation Museum
  • Hobby Lobby
 
Approved with limited hours: 
  • Madison Bowl (M-F Opening to 3 PM) 
  • Cincinnati Public Library (vulnerable population hours: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. – noon) 
  • Air Force Museum (M-F Opening to 3 PM) 
  • At Home Store on Ridge Road (M-F Opening to 3 PM) 
  • AJ Rand Greenhouse (M-F Opening to 3 PM) 
  • Findlay Market (non-eating/drinking facilities) (M-F Opening to 3 PM) 
  • Game Works (M-F Opening to 3 PM)
 
Safety Requirements:
  • Staff must be vigilant for people not adhering to the site’s posted policies and report them to the facility’s staff 
  • Staff must ensure greater than 6 feet of social distancing 
  • Staff must ensure other visitors are wearing masks and our team wears masks the entire time 
  • Should these be violated, staff must remove the group from the location 
 
The health and safety of each person will be taken into account before going on these outings. Program managers will check for comorbidities, which may increase a person’s risk. The requirements for someone with a comorbidity are below. 
 
Moderate Comorbidities: 
If someone has a “moderate” comorbidity, as determined by the CDC, LADD staff will have a conversation with the person about their increased risks when entering an indoor location and obtain consent from the person following that conversation. Moderate comorbidities include: 
  • Asthma 
  • Cerebrovascular disease 
  • Cystic fibrosis (CF) 
  • Hypertensive heart disease (HTN) 
  • Neurologic conditions 
  • Liver disease 
  • Pregnancy 
  • Pulmonary fibrosis 
  • Documented Class 2 Obesity 
  • Current smokers 
  • Thalassemia 
  • Type 1 diabetes (DM) 
 
Severe Comorbidities: 
If someone has a “severe” comorbidity, we will talk with them about their increased risks when entering an indoor location and ask them to wear a KN95 mask in the facility. In this case, the person must consent to the outing and wearing a KN95 mask. Severe comorbidities include: 
  • Cancer 
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) 
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) 
  • Immunocompromised persons 
  • Serious heart complications (CHF, CAD, Cardiomyopathy, MI, etc.) 
  • Documented Class 3 Obesity 
  • Sickle cell disease 
  • Type 2 Diabetes (DM) 
 
 
Day Program Guidance
 
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ mandatory practices and best practices for facility-based day programs can be found here.  
 
The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a required risk assessment. The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program, your loved one, their guardian and SSA. This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation. 
 
Ohio Travel Advisory
 
Those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15 percent or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. The list of states will be updated every week on Wednesday here. Currently, affected states are: 
  • South Dakota  
  • Idaho  
  • Wisconsin 
  • Iowa  
  • Alabama 
  • Kansas  
  • Nevada 
  • Nebraska 
  • Utah   
 
We are assessing on a case-by-case basis the steps that may be needed, including quarantine or testing, to ensure a safe return to work if an employee travels.  
 
Employee Testing
 
LADD continues to test new employees, employees experiencing symptoms or with direct exposures. New employees are now tested with an antibody test seven days before entering a site, monitor themselves for symptoms throughout the week and are tested again right before their first shift. Nearly 70 staff at high-risk sites have also been undergoing monthly antibody testing as a first layer of testing.  
 
Beginning in November, testing for these employees will be expanded to twice monthly using nasal swab tests, thanks to a partnership with the Health Collaborative and UC Health.  
 
 
This, as you know, continues to be a fluid situation and we will continue working to receive additional resources and testing capacity.  
 
Pop-up Testing: 
 
Nov. 1
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Parking Lot 
1000 Sycamore St. 
Cincinnati, OH 45202 
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
 
Additional pop-up testing: healthcollab.org/testandprotect  
 
Virtual Events 
 
Visit laddinc.org/calendar to view a full calendar of virtual events at LADD. There is a waiting room and the host will need to let you into Zoom events. Please contact LADD staff at development@laddinc.org if you have any technical issues.  
 
Prevention Measures
 
In addition to our testing measures, we continue to require: 
  • Temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work 
  • Rigorous handwashing throughout the day 
  • Mask wearing while at work 
  • Social distancing when possible 
  • Disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day 
  • Using foggers to disinfect vehicles before outings  
  • Limited indoor outings, vetted and approved by our COVID-19 Task Force based on CDC guidance
  • Employees stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick 
  • Family visits outside with masks and social distancing  
 
Please visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates and email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight 
CEO, LADD  
LADD families and loved ones,  
 
A person supported by an HLADD provider has tested positive for COVID-19. The person is quarantining and has had no contact with others at LADD.
 
HLADD is rallying around this person and their provider to provide support and we join them in sending well wishes for a speedy recovery.  
 
This brings our current case total to two active, confirmed COVID-19 cases. We informed you earlier this week of someone who lives at Geier Apartments testing positive. Read that update and others here.
 
As community spread increases and Hamilton County approaches Level 4, we must all remember to take simple steps to limit exposure: wearing masks, staying six feet apart from people outside of our households, disinfecting and washing our hands. Additionally, we will be increasing our employee COVID-19 testing to twice a month beginning in November; more information will be shared soon.
 
Together, we will beat this. 
 
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by emailing staysafe@laddinc.org.  
 
Sincerely,
Susan Brownknight
CEO, LADD
To our LADD families and loved ones,  
 
A resident of Geier Apartments who is supported by another provider but receives periodic check-ins from LADD has tested positive for COVID-19. We cannot disclose the health status of the person who tested positive. However, the person is receiving the care needed and is currently not staying in their apartment.
 
While we have successfully contacted anyone with exposure to the person within Geier Apartments, we have not been able to identify where/how the person was exposed. This is partly due to the fact that we do not deliver most of the supports the person receives.  
 
Staff are conducting wellness checks and have disinfected the building. Any resident who had close contact with the person has been asked to be tested and quarantine. Staff members who were exposed are off the schedule and undergoing testing.
 
Please join me in extending our thoughts and well wishes to a member of the LADD family who tested positive and to the staff who have been exposed and are forced to navigate a stressful and scary time. Also, please consider joining me in sending well wishes to the Geier Apartments family, led by Kelly Brannick, whose courage and resolve are currently on full display. 
 
As we work through our COVID-19 protocol, know we are working tirelessly to ensure you have the support you need during these trying times. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by emailing staysafe@laddinc.org
 
Sincerely,
Susan Brownknight
CEO, LADD

To LADD families and loved ones, 

Currently, LADD has no active, confirmed COVID-19 cases.  

However, Hamilton, along with Clark and Cuyahoga counties, are on Ohio’s Watch List for approaching Purple Level 4. With Hamilton County cases and hospitalizations reaching levels not seen since the beginning of the pandemic, the governor is calling on all of us to “take this seriously and don’t let up.”  

According to local health departments across the state, spread is primarily occurring during social and family gatherings. It is critical when gatherings take place at LADD – including social gatherings and family visits – everyone is wearing masks, staying six feet apart, washing your hands before and after, and not attending if you are feeling sick.  

Your partnership in these efforts have brought us this far – I know we can continue to stay ahead of the spread as long as we keep our guard up. We will be sharing more details next week on what happens if Hamilton County reaches Level 4. Thank you for all you are doing to keep your loved ones and our community safe.  

Approved Indoor Outings for Red / Level 3 

LADD staff are allowed to take the people they support on the below indoor outings when Hamilton County is at a Level 3 / Red or lower on the Public Health Advisory System.  

Approved 

  • Contemporary Art Center 
  • Forrest Fair Mall (Abandoned) 
  • Krohn Conservatory 
  • Grocery Stores 
  • Freedom Center 
  • Cincinnati Art Museum 
  • Sign Museum  
  • Fort Ancient Museum 

Approved with limited hours: 

  • Madison Bowl (M-F Opening to 3 PM) 
  • Brentwood Bowl (M-F Opening to 3 PM) 
  • Cincinnati Public Library (vulnerable population hours: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. – noon) 
  • Air Force Museum (M-F Opening to 3 PM) 
  • At Home Store on Ridge Road (M-F Opening to 3 PM) 
  • AJ Rand Greenhouse (M-F Opening to 3 PM) 
  • Findlay Market (non-eating/drinking facilities) (M-F Opening to 3 PM) 

Safety Requirements 

  • Staff must be vigilant for people not adhering to the site’s posted policies and report them to the facility’s staff  
  • Staff must ensure greater than 6 feet of social distancing  
  • Staff must ensure other visitors are wearing masks and our team wears masks the entire time  
  • Should  these  be  violated,  staff  must remove the group from the location 

The health and safety of each  person  will  be taken into account before going on these outings. Program managers  will  check for comorbidities, which may increase  a  person’s risk. The requirements for someone with a comorbidity are below.   

Moderate  Comorbidities 

If someone has a “moderate” comorbidity, as determined by the CDC, LADD staff will have  a conversation with the person about their increased risks when entering an indoor location and obtain consent from the person following that conversation. Moderate comorbidities include:  

  • Asthma  
  • Cerebrovascular disease  
  • Cystic fibrosis (CF)  
  • Hypertensive heart disease (HTN)  
  • Neurologic conditions  
  • Liver disease  
  • Pregnancy  
  • Pulmonary fibrosis  
  • Documented Class 2 Obesity  
  • Current smokers  
  • Thalassemia  
  • Type 1 diabetes (DM)  

Severe  Comorbidities   

If someone has a “severe” comorbidity,  we will talk  with them  about their increased risks when entering an indoor location  and ask them to wear a KN95 mask in the facility.  In this case, the person must  consent to the outing  and  wearing a KN95 mask. Severe comorbidities include:  

  • Cancer  
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)  
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)  
  • Immunocompromised persons  
  • Serious heart complications (CHF, CAD, Cardiomyopathy, MI, etc.)  
  • Documented Class 3 Obesity  
  • Sickle cell disease  
  • Type 2 Diabetes (DM)  

Voting in the Pandemic 

The voices of people with developmental disabilities must be heard at the ballot box, and we can help ensure those we support exercise their right to vote. With the pandemic, mail-in voting has become an important option, especially for those at higher risk.   

Ohio Mail-In Voting: 

  • Deadline to request the ballot by mail: Oct. 31 
  • Where to apply for absentee: By mail 
  • Ballots due, if mailed: Postmarked by Nov. 2 
  • Who can request a mailed ballot: Any registered voter  

State Updates  

  • Hamilton County remains at a Level 3/Red on the state’s Public Health Advisory System but is approaching Level 4/Purple. Level 3 indicates very high exposure and spread and gives guidance to limit activities as much as possible. 
  • statewide mask mandate is in effect in all 88 Ohio counties. Masks continue to be required for all frontline staff while at work.   
  • Read additional state updates here.  

Day Program Guidance

  • The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ mandatory practices and best practices for facility-based day programs can be foundhere 
  • The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a required risk assessment. The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program, your loved one, their guardian and SSA. This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation.   

Ohio Travel Advisory  

Those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15 percent or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. The list of states will be updated every week on Wednesday here. Currently, affected states are: 

  • South Dakota 
  • Idaho 
  • Iowa 
  • Kansas 
  • Nevada 
  • Alabama 
  • Utah 

We are assessing on a case-by-case basis the steps that may be needed, including quarantine or testing, to ensure a safe return to work if an employee travels 

Employee Testing  

LADD continues to test new employees, employees experiencing symptoms or with direct exposures. New employees are now tested with an antibody test seven days before entering a site, monitor themselves for symptoms throughout the week and are tested again right before their first shift. Nearly 70 staff at high-risk sites also undergo monthly antibody testing as a first layer of testing.  

  • While there are limits to antibody testing, it offers additional information and a layer of testing that we have not had access to previously. Antibody tests will not be used as the sole basis to diagnose a COVID-19 infection, but if certain antibodies test positive, we will move forward with a swab test. While we will inform our entire community of a positive case, identities will remain confidential.  
  • This, as you know, continues to be a fluid situation and we will continue working to receive additional resources and testing capacity.   

Pop-up Testing: 

Oct. 25 

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Parking Lot 
1000 Sycamore St. 
Cincinnati, OH 45202     
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  

Additional pop-up testing: healthcollab.org/testandprotect 

Virtual Events  

Visit laddinc.org/calendar to view a full calendar of virtual events at LADD. There is a waiting room and the host will need to let you into Zoom events. Please contact LADD staff at development@laddinc.org if you have any technical issues.  

Prevention measures 

In addition to our testing measures, we continue to require: 

  • Temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work 
  • Rigorous handwashing throughout the day 
  • Mask wearing while at work 
  • Social distancing when possible 
  • Disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day 
  • Using foggers to disinfect vehicles before outings  
  • Limited indoor outings, vetted and approved by our COVID-19 Task Force based on CDC guidance  
  • Employees stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick 
  • Family visits outside with masks and social distancing  

Please visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates and email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org.  

Sincerely,  

Susan Brownknight 

CEO, LADD  

To LADD families and loved ones,    
 
Currently, LADD has no active, confirmed COVID-19 cases. 

Hamilton County and counties across Ohio are seeing a major spike in cases. We are once again stressing the importance of mask wearing, hand washing and social distancing for our employees, your loved ones and family members during visits. Through these precautions, we have been able to keep our community safe – now is the time to redouble those efforts so we may continue safely engaging in the community.  

Last week, we announced we were adjusting our policy to allow certain indoor outings during a Red / Level 3 because of how beneficial these are for your loved ones and the vigilance demonstrated by LADD staff. Those approved indoor outings and other updates are below.  

Approved Indoor Outings for Red / Level 3 

LADD staff are allowed to take the people they support on the below indoor outings when Hamilton County is at a Level 3 / Red or lower on the Public Health Advisory System.  

Approved 

  • Contemporary Art Center 
  • Forrest Fair Mall (Abandoned) 
  • Krohn Conservatory 
  • Grocery Stores 
  • Freedom Center 
  • Cincinnati Art Museum 
  • Sign Museum  
  • Fort Ancient Museum 

Approved with limited hours: 

  • Madison Bowl (M-F Opening to 3 PM) 
  • Brentwood Bowl (M-F Opening to 3 PM) 
  • Cincinnati Public Library (vulnerable population hours: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. – noon) 
  • Air Force Museum (M-F Opening to 3 PM) 
  • At Home Store on Ridge Road (M-F Opening to 3 PM) 
  • AJ Rand Greenhouse (M-F Opening to 3 PM) 
  • Findlay Market (non-eating/drinking facilities) (M-F Opening to 3 PM)    

Safety Requirements 

  • Staff must be vigilant for people not adhering to the site’s posted policies and report them to the facility’s staff  
  • Staff must ensure greater than 6 feet of social distancing  
  • Staff must ensure other visitors are wearing masks and our team wears masks the entire time  
  • Should  these  be  violated,  staff  must remove the group from the location 

The health and safety of each  person  wil l be taken into account before going on these outings. Program managers  will  check for comorbidities, which may increase  a  person’s risk. The requirements for someone with a comorbidity are below.      

Moderate  Comorbidities 

If someone has a “moderate” comorbidity, as determined by the CDC, LADD staff will have a conversation with the person about their increased risks when entering an indoor location and obtain consent from the person following that conversation. Moderate comorbidities include:  

  • Asthma  
  • Cerebrovascular disease  
  • Cystic fibrosis (CF)  
  • Hypertensive heart disease (HTN)  
  • Neurologic conditions  
  • Liver disease  
  • Pregnancy  
  • Pulmonary fibrosis  
  • Documented Class 2 Obesity  
  • Current smokers  
  • Thalassemia  
  • Type 1 diabetes (DM)  

Severe  Comorbidities   

If someone has a “severe” comorbidity, we will talk with them about their increased risks when entering an indoor location and ask them to wear a KN95 mask in the facility. In this case, the person must consent to the outing and wearing a KN95 mask. Severe comorbidities include:  

  • Cancer  
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)  
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)  
  • Immunocompromised persons  
  • Serious heart complications (CHF, CAD, Cardiomyopathy, MI, etc.)  
  • Documented Class 3 Obesity  
  • Sickle cell disease  
  • Type 2 Diabetes (DM) 
 
Voting in the Pandemic 
 
The voices of people with developmental disabilities must be heard at the ballot box, and we can help ensure those we support exercise their right to vote. With the pandemic, mail-in voting has become an important option, especially for those at higher risk. We will begin sharing voting information with your loved ones to ensure they have what they need to participate in the 2020 election. 
 
Ohio Mail-In Voting: 
  • Deadline to request the ballot by mail: Oct. 31 
  • Where to apply for absentee: By mail 
  • Ballots due, if mailed: Postmarked by Nov. 2 
  • Who can request a mailed ballot: Any registered voter 
 
State Updates 
 
  • Hamilton County increased to Level 3/Red on the state’s Public Health Advisory System but is approaching a Level 4. Level 3 indicates very high exposure and spread and gives guidance to limit activities as much as possible. 
 
  • statewide mask mandate is in effect in all 88 Ohio counties. Masks continue to be required for all frontline staff while at work.  
 
  • Read additional state updates here
 
Day Program Guidance 
 
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ mandatory practices and best practices for facility-based day programs can be found here.  
 
The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a required risk assessment. The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program, your loved one, their guardian and SSA. This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation. 
 
Ohio Travel Advisory
 
Those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15 percent or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. The list of states will be updated every week on Wednesday here. Currently, affected states are: 
  • South Dakota
  • Idaho 
  • Wisconsin 
  • Iowa 
  • Wyoming 
  •  
 
We are assessing on a case-by-case basis the steps that may be needed, including quarantine or testing, to ensure a safe return to work if an employee travels.  
 
Employee Testing 
 
LADD continues to test new employees, employees experiencing symptoms or with direct exposures. New employees are now tested with an antibody test seven days before entering a site, monitor themselves for symptoms throughout the week and are tested again right before their first shift. Nearly 70 staff at high-risk sites also undergo monthly antibody testing as a first layer of testing.  
 
While there are limits to antibody testing, it offers additional information and a layer of testing that we have not had access to previously. Antibody tests will not be used as the sole basis to diagnose a COVID-19 infection, but if certain antibodies test positive, we will move forward with a swab test. While we will inform our entire community of a positive case, identities will remain confidential.  
 
This, as you know, continues to be a fluid situation and we will continue working to receive additional resources and testing capacity.  
 
Pop-up Testing: 

Oct. 18 

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Parking Lot 
1000 Sycamore St. 
Cincinnati, OH 45202     
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  

Additional pop-up testing: healthcollab.org/testandprotect 

 
Virtual Events 
 
Visit laddinc.org/calendar to view a full calendar of virtual events at LADD. There is a waiting room and the host will need to let you into Zoom events. Please contact LADD staff at development@laddinc.org if you have any technical issues.  
 
Prevention Measures
 
In addition to our testing measures, we continue to require: 
  • Temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work 
  • Rigorous handwashing throughout the day 
  • Mask wearing while at work 
  • Social distancing when possible 
  • Disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day 
  • Using foggers to disinfect vehicles before outings  
  • Limited indoor outings, vetted and approved by our COVID-19 Task Force based on CDC guidance
  • Employees stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick 
  • Family visits outside with masks and social distancing  
 
Please visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates and email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight 
CEO, LADD  
To LADD families and loved ones,    
 
Currently, LADD has no active, confirmed COVID-19 cases. 
 
Last week, we suspended all indoor outings and in-person volunteer activities because Hamilton County increased to Red / Level 3 on Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System, which means that we are experiencing an increase in community spread. However, after receiving feedback on how beneficial those indoor outings were, and considering other variables — including our frontline staff’s vigilance in maintaining safety measures and advanced efforts to assess the safety protocols of certain locations — we are adjusting our policy to allow certain indoor outings during a Red / Level 3.  
  
LADD’s COVID-19 Task Force is carefully considering which outings will be approved for this level and plans to release these next week. Of course, every person’s individual health will continue to be taken into account before going on an outing.
 
Voting in the Pandemic 
 
The voices of people with developmental disabilities must be heard at the ballot box, and we can help ensure those we support exercise their right to vote. With the pandemic, mail-in voting has become an important option, especially for those at higher risk. We will begin sharing voting information with your loved ones to ensure they have what they need to participate in the 2020 election. 
 
Ohio Mail-In Voting: 
  • Deadline to request the ballot by mail: Oct. 31 
  • Where to apply for absentee: By mail 
  • Ballots due, if mailed: Postmarked by Nov. 2 
  • Who can request a mailed ballot: Any registered voter 
 
State Updates 
 
  • Hamilton County increased to Level 3/Red on the state’s Public Health Advisory System. Level 3 indicates very high exposure and spread and gives guidance to limit activities as much as possible. 
 
  • statewide mask mandate is in effect in all 88 Ohio counties. Masks continue to be required for all frontline staff while at work.  
 
  • Read additional state updates here
 
Day Program Guidance 
 
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ mandatory practices and best practices for facility-based day programs can be found here.  
 
The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a required risk assessment. The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program, your loved one, their guardian and SSA. This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation. 
 
Ohio Travel Advisory
 
Those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15 percent or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. The list of states will be updated every week on Wednesday here. Currently, affected states are: 
  • South Dakota 
  • Idaho 
  • Wisconsin 
  • Iowa 
  • Kansas
  • Wyoming 
  • Missouri   
 
We are assessing on a case-by-case basis the steps that may be needed, including quarantine or testing, to ensure a safe return to work if an employee travels.  
 
Employee Testing 
 
LADD continues to test new employees, employees experiencing symptoms or with direct exposures. New employees are now tested with an antibody test seven days before entering a site, monitor themselves for symptoms throughout the week and are tested again right before their first shift. Nearly 70 staff at high-risk sites also undergo monthly antibody testing as a first layer of testing.  
 
While there are limits to antibody testing, it offers additional information and a layer of testing that we have not had access to previously. Antibody tests will not be used as the sole basis to diagnose a COVID-19 infection, but if certain antibodies test positive, we will move forward with a swab test. While we will inform our entire community of a positive case, identities will remain confidential.  
 
This, as you know, continues to be a fluid situation and we will continue working to receive additional resources and testing capacity.  
 
Oct. 11 Pop-up Testing: 
Allen Temple AME Church 
7080 Reading Road 
Cincinnati, OH 45237 
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
 
New Life Temple Church 
4836 Ward Street 
Cincinnati, OH 45227 
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
 
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Parking Lot 
1000 Sycamore St. 
Cincinnati, OH 45202 
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
 
Word of Deliverance 
693 Fresno Rd 
Cincinnati, OH 45240 
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
 
Winton Hills Academy 
5300 Winneste Ave 
Cincinnati, OH 45232 
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
 
Westwood Methodist Church 
3460 Epworth Ave 
Cincinnati, OH 45211 
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
 
South Avondale Elementary School 
636 Prospect Place 
Cincinnati, OH 45229 
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
 
Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses 
901 Findlay St 
Cincinnati, OH 45214 
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
 
Price Hill Recreation Center 
959 Hawthorne Ave 
Cincinnati, OH 45205 
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
 
New Prospect Baptist Church 
1580 Summit Rd 
Cincinnati, OH 45237 
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
 
Virtual Events 
 
Visit laddinc.org/calendar to view a full calendar of virtual events at LADD. There is a waiting room and the host will need to let you into Zoom events. Please contact LADD staff at development@laddinc.org if you have any technical issues.  
 
Prevention Measures
 
In addition to our testing measures, we continue to require: 
  • Temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work 
  • Rigorous handwashing throughout the day 
  • Mask wearing while at work 
  • Social distancing when possible 
  • Disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day 
  • Using foggers to disinfect vehicles before outings  
  • Limited indoor outings, vetted and approved by our COVID-19 Task Force based on CDC guidance
  • Employees stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick 
  • Family visits outside with masks and social distancing  
 
Please visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates and email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight 
CEO, LADD  
To LADD families and loved ones,    
 
Currently, LADD has no active, confirmed COVID-19 cases. 
 
Unfortunately, our county is seeing a rebound in exposure and spread. Hamilton County has increased to Red / Level 3 on Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System, which means that we are experiencing an increase in community spread. Per our guidelines, LADD is suspending all indoor outings and in-person volunteer activities until we improve to Level 2 / Orange. We are also asking managers to do a review of safety protocols with everyone, just to make sure we all remain vigilant as flu season is approaching.  
  
THE TOP 5 WAYS YOU CAN KEEP COVID-19 FROM LADD:   
 
1) Temp taking before visiting   
2) Proper wearing of masks (above the nose and below the mouth)  
3) Hand washing before coming for a visit  
4) Choose not to visit for 14 days if you have been in a large crowd or have had a direct exposure with someone who has tested positive  
5) Maintain social distancing when possible 
  
We hope this will be a short-term situation and we will be able to safely provide indoor outing opportunities again soon. We will keep you informed and are appreciative of your adaptability throughout the pandemic.   
  
The health and safety of every member of the LADD community is our first priority and we will continue persevering, together.   
 
Voting in the Pandemic 
 
The voices of people with developmental disabilities must be heard at the ballot box, and we can help ensure those we support exercise their right to vote. With the pandemic, mail-in voting has become an important option, especially for those at higher risk. We will begin sharing voting information with your loved ones to ensure they have what they need to participate in the 2020 election. The deadline to register to vote in Ohio is Oct. 5. Register here. 
 
Ohio Mail-In Voting: 
  • Deadline to request the ballot by mail:  Oct. 31 
  • Where to apply for absentee:  By mail 
  • Ballots due, if mailed:  Postmarked by Nov. 2 
  • Who can request a mailed ballot:  Any registered voter 
 
State Updates 
 
  • Hamilton County increased to Level 3/Red on the state’s Public Health Advisory System. Level 3 indicates very high exposure and spread and gives guidance to limit activities as much as possible. 
 
  • statewide mask mandate is in effect in all 88 Ohio counties.  Masks continue to be required for all frontline staff while at work.  
 
  • Read additional state updates here
 
Day Program Guidance 
 
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ mandatory practices and best practices for facility-based day programs can be found  here.  
 
The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a required risk assessment. The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program, your loved one, their guardian and SSA. This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation.  
 
Ohio Travel Advisory 
 
Those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15 percent or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. The list of states will be updated every week on Wednesday here. Currently, affected states are: 
  • South Dakota 
  • Idaho 
  • Wisconsin 
  • Iowa 
  • Kansas 
  • Missouri 
  • Mississippi  
 
We are assessing on a case-by-case basis the steps that may be needed, including quarantine or testing, to ensure a safe return to work if an employee travels.  
 
Employee Testing 
 
LADD continues to test new employees, employees experiencing symptoms or with direct exposures. New employees are now tested with an antibody test seven days before entering a site, monitor themselves for symptoms throughout the week and are tested again right before their first shift. Nearly 70 staff at high-risk sites also undergo monthly antibody testing as a first layer of testing.  
 
While there are limits to antibody testing, it offers additional information and a layer of testing that we have not had access to previously.  Antibody  tests will not be used as the sole basis to diagnose a COVID-19 infection, but if certain antibodies test positive, we will move forward with a swab test. While we will inform our entire community of a positive case, identities will remain confidential.  
 
This, as you know, continues to be a fluid situation and we will continue working to receive additional resources and testing capacity.  
 
Pop-up Testing: 
Oct. 3 
Winton Hills Academy 
5300 Winneste Avenue 
Cincinnati, OH 45232 
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
 
Virtual Events 
 
Visit laddinc.org/calendar to view a full calendar of virtual events at LADD. There is a waiting room and the host will need to let you into Zoom events. Please contact LADD staff at development@laddinc.org if you have any technical issues.  
 
Prevention measures
 
In addition to our testing measures, we continue to require: 
  • Temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work 
  • Rigorous handwashing throughout the day 
  • Mask wearing while at work 
  • Social distancing when possible 
  • Disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day 
  • Using foggers to disinfect vehicles before outings  
  • Limited indoor outings, vetted and approved by our COVID-19 Task Force based on CDC guidance – no indoor outings at a Red / Level 3 or above on Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System 
  • Employees stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick 
  • Family visits outside with masks and social distancing  
 
Please visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates and email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org
 
Sincerely,  
Susan Brownknight  
CEO, LADD 
To LADD families and loved ones,    
 
Currently, LADD has no active, confirmed COVID-19 cases. 
 
This week, I’m pleased to share with you that LADD’s COVID-19 Task Force approved several indoor outings while Hamilton County is at a Level 2 or below on Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System. The county has been at a Level 2 for several weeks now and we are focused on providing opportunities for your loved ones to engage safely as we move into the fall. The locations approved were assessed based on criteria developed from CDC guidelines, such as mask and social distancing enforcement, limited crowds, sanitization protocols and employee health and safety procedures. We continue to review additional locations and activities and will keep you updated as we approve other outings.  
 
We are also slowly beginning to reengage with volunteers in safe, outdoor activities. Please read more on indoor outings and volunteer protocols below. 
 
The safety and well-being of your loved ones – including the need everyone has to be engaged and connected in our community – remains our top priority. We will continue balancing these needs as we move through this pandemic. 
 
Approved Indoor Outings  
 
The below indoor outings are allowed when Hamilton County is at a Level 1 (yellow) or Level 2 (orange) on the advisory system. If we reach a Level 3 (red) or Level 4 (purple), indoor outings will not be allowed and we will communicate that with you. 
 
The health and safety of each person will be taken into account before going on these outings. Program managers will check for comorbidities, which may increase a person’s risk. The requirements for someone with a comorbidity are below. 
 
Moderate Comorbidities 
If someone has a “moderate” comorbidity, as determined by the CDC, LADD staff will have a conversation with the person about their increased risks when entering an indoor location and obtain consent from the person following that conversation. Moderate comorbidities include: 
  • Asthma 
  • Cerebrovascular disease 
  • Cystic fibrosis (CF) 
  • Hypertensive heart disease (HTN) 
  • Neurologic conditions 
  • Liver disease 
  • Pregnancy 
  • Pulmonary fibrosis 
  • Documented Class 2 Obesity 
  • Current smokers 
  • Thalassemia 
  • Type 1 diabetes (DM) 
 
Severe Comorbidities 
If someone has a “severe” comorbidity, we will talk with them about their increased risks when entering an indoor location and ask them to wear a KN95 mask in the facility. In this case, the person must consent to the outing and wearing a KN95 mask. Severe comorbidities include: 
  • Cancer 
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) 
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) 
  • Immunocompromised persons 
  • Serious heart complications (CHF, CAD, Cardiomyopathy, MI, etc.) 
  • Documented Class 3 Obesity 
  • Sickle cell disease 
  • Type 2 Diabetes (DM) 
 
List of Outings 
Approved: 
  • Contemporary Arts Center 
  • Forest Fair Mall (Abandoned) 
  • Krohn Conservatory 
  • Grocery stores 
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 
  • Cincinnati Art Museum 
 
Approved with limited hours to ensure crowds are avoided (Monday to Friday Opening – 3 PM):
  • Grand Antique Mall 
  • AJ Rand Greenhouse 
  • Riverside Antique Mall 
  • Ohio Valley Antique Mall 
  • Kenwood Mall 
  • Air Force Museum 
  • Cincinnati Public Library (Vulnerable populations hours: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. – noon.) 
 
Safety Requirements 
  • Staff must be vigilant for people not adhering to the site’s posted policies and report them to the facility’s staff 
  • Staff must ensure greater than 6 feet of social distancing 
  • Staff must ensure other visitors are wearing masks and our team wears masks the entire time 
  • Should these be violated, staff must remove the group from the location 
 
Please remember, if Hamilton County moves to a Level 3 or above on Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System, meaning very high exposure and spread, indoor outings will not be allowed. 
 
Volunteer Protocols During Level 1 and Level 2 
 
Onboarding and Orientation 
  • Volunteers will complete an enhanced volunteer orientation that discusses social distancing, mask wearing, updated personal information of volunteers for tracing, and how to conduct personal health assessment prior to meeting people supported by LADD.   
  • An agreement outlining what is required of volunteers will be drawn and signed by each person involved.   
  • Volunteers must take an antibody test, supplied by LADD prior to volunteering. 
  • If the volunteers have a known exposure, they must take another test before returning. An exposure defined by the CDC is when an individual has had close contact (less than 6 feet) for 15 minutes or more with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 
  
Health Assessment
  • Prior to each interaction with people supported by LADD, volunteers will complete a quick health assessment form indicating they are not experiencing any COVID symptoms.   
  • A temperature check will be made of all participants and recorded at each event.   
  • Volunteers must also take their temperature 2 hours before. 
  
Approved Activities 
  • Volunteers are approved for outdoor activities in groups of 10 or less. 
  • Program managers will sign off on specific activities for the participants in the programs, confirming the risk level is appropriate for participants in the program. 
  
Guidance for Volunteering 
  • Volunteers are only approved when Hamilton County is at a level 1 or 2 on Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System.  
  • All persons involved, including volunteers and people supported by LADD, must wear a facial mask unless they are participating in outdoor physical activity and are able to maintain at least 6 feet of distance at all times. Staff may politely intervene if they see 6 feet is being compromised. 
  • Volunteers can only volunteer at one site. No crossover. 
  • No physical contact shall be made between volunteers and persons served. For example, no high fives, no patting on the back, no hugging, etc. If both parties have masks on, participants can give elbow bumps when they leave.  
  • Volunteers will be encouraged to use the bathroom before arriving and not in someone’s home. If they must use the bathroom at someone’s home, they must wear masks and follow that location’s approved process.  
  • Participants must wash their hands when the activity is over. 
 
Voting in the Pandemic 
 
The voices of people with developmental disabilities must be heard at the ballot box, and we can help ensure those we support exercise their right to vote. With the pandemic, mail-in voting has become an important option, especially for those at higher risk. We will begin sharing voting information with your loved ones to ensure they have what they need to participate in the 2020 election. The deadline to register to vote in Ohio is Oct. 5. Register here. 
 
Ohio Mail-In Voting: 
  • Deadline to request the ballot by mail: Oct. 31 
  • Where to apply for absentee:  By mail 
  • Ballots due, if mailed: Postmarked by Nov. 2 
  • Who can request a mailed ballot: Any registered voter 
 
Please visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates and email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight 
CEO, LADD
To LADD families and loved ones,    
 
Currently, LADD has no active, confirmed COVID-19 cases. 
 
As I mentioned last week, providing opportunities for your loved ones to reconnect in the community and engage safely is a top priority as we move into the fall. We continue to avoid crowds, participate in various outdoor outings and offer our virtual programs, including fitness classes, a gardening class and our popular LADD Live. But we are also assessing safe indoor outings while Hamilton County is at a Level 2 or lower. We look forward to releasing these details next week.  
 
Our entire team remains focused on the health, well-being and safety of your loved ones. Please review this week’s updates below.  
 
Voting in the Pandemic 
 
The voices of people with developmental disabilities must be heard at the ballot box, and we can help ensure those we support exercise their right to vote. With the pandemic, mail-in voting has become an important option, especially for those at higher risk. We will begin sharing voting information with your loved ones to ensure they have what they need to participate in the 2020 election.  
 
Ohio Mail-In Voting: 
  • Deadline to request the ballot by mail: Oct. 31 
  • Where to apply for absentee: By mail 
  • Ballots due, if mailed: Postmarked by Nov. 2 
  • Who can request a mailed ballot: Any registered voter 
 
Connected Community Contest 
 
We’re searching for activities to get LADD back out in the community safely. Submit your ideas for engaging outdoor activities where social distancing can be maintained and you’ll be entered to win a prize.  
 
State Updates 
 
  • Hamilton County remains at a Level 2/Orange on the state’s Public Health Advisory System. Gov. DeWine cited mask usage, social distancing and testing as factors and said we must continue these efforts to lower the virus spread further. Level 2 indicates increased exposure and spread and gives guidance to exercise a high degree of caution.  
 
  • Gov. DeWine has released guidance on the number of spectators at outdoor and indoor sports venues as well as requirements for entertainment venues to host events. At LADD, we continue to avoid crowds and are assessing which indoor outings may be safe while the county is at a Level 2 or lower.
 
  • Mass gatherings in Ohio remain limited to 10 people. Find more information here.  
 
  • Alcohol sales are banned at Ohio restaurants and bars after 10pm. Find more information in Gov. DeWine’s news release.  
 
  • statewide mask mandate is in effect in all 88 Ohio counties. Masks continue to be required for all frontline staff while at work.  
 
  • Read additional state updates here
 
Day Program Guidance 
 
Adult day care centers and senior centers may open at a reduced capacity beginning on Sept. 21 if the facilities can meet certain safety standards outlined in a forthcoming health order. 
 
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ mandatory practices and best practices for facility-based day programs can be found here.  
 
The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a required risk assessment. The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program, your loved one, their guardian and SSA. This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation. 
 
Ohio Travel Advisory 
 
Those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15 percent or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. The list of states will be updated every week on Wednesday here. Currently, affected states are: 
  • Alabama 
  • South Dakota 
  • North Dakota 
  • Kansas 
 
We are assessing on a case-by-case basis the steps that may be needed, including quarantine or testing, to ensure a safe return to work if an employee travels.  
 
Employee Testing 
 
LADD continues to test new employees, employees experiencing symptoms or with direct exposures. New employees are now tested with an antibody test seven days before entering a site, monitor themselves for symptoms throughout the week and are tested again right before their first shift. Nearly 70 staff at high-risk sites also undergo monthly antibody testing as a first layer of testing.  
 
While there are limits to antibody testing, it offers additional information and a layer of testing that we have not had access to previously. Antibody tests will not be used as the sole basis to diagnose a COVID-19 infection, but if certain antibodies test positive, we will move forward with a swab test. While we will inform our entire community of a positive case, identities will remain confidential.  
 
This, as you know, continues to be a fluid situation and we will continue working to receive additional resources and testing capacity.  
 
Virtual Events
 
Visit laddinc.org/calendar to view a full calendar of virtual events at LADD. There is a waiting room and the host will need to let you into Zoom events. Please contact LADD staff at development@laddinc.org if you have any technical issues.  
 
Prevention measures
 
In addition to our testing measures, we continue to require: 
  • Temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work 
  • Rigorous handwashing throughout the day 
  • Mask wearing while at work 
  • Social distancing when possible 
  • Disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day 
  • Using foggers to disinfect vehicles before outings  
  • Outings limited to outdoor places and avoiding crowds 
  • Employees stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick 
  • Family visits outside with masks and social distancing  
 
Please visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates and email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight 
CEO, LADD 
To LADD families and loved ones,    
 
Currently, LADD has no active, confirmed COVID-19 cases. 
 
As we enter the Labor Day holiday weekend, Gov. DeWine is reminding all of us how critical it is to continue regular handwashing, social distancing, disinfecting and wearing masks around people outside of our own households. “What we do this weekend will determine what the fall looks like for all of us,” he said.   
 
We continue to require these measures for employees while at work and encourage your loved ones to follow them. Providing opportunities for your loved ones to reconnect in the community and engage safely is also a top priority as we move into the fall. Please expect more updates soon on our community engagement efforts.  
 
I hope you have a safe and healthy Labor Day weekend.    
 
Voting in the Pandemic 
 
The voices of people with developmental disabilities must be heard at the ballot box, and we can help ensure those we support exercise their right to vote. With the pandemic, mail-in voting has become an important option, especially for those at higher risk. We will begin sharing voting information with your loved ones to ensure they have what they need to participate in the 2020 election.  
 
Ohio Mail-In Voting: 
  • Deadline to request the ballot by mail: Oct. 31 
  • Where to apply for absentee: By mail 
  • Ballots due, if mailed: Postmarked by Nov. 2 
  • Who can request a mailed ballot: Any registered voter 
 
Connected Community Contest 
 
We’re searching for activities to get LADD back out in the community safely. Submit your ideas for engaging outdoor activities where social distancing can be maintained and you’ll be entered to win a prize.  
 
State Updates 
 
  • Hamilton County remains at a Level 2/Orange on the state’s Public Health Advisory System. Gov. DeWine cited mask usage, social distancing and testing as factors and said we must continue these efforts to lower the virus spread further. Level 2 indicates increased exposure and spread and gives guidance to exercise a high degree of caution.  
 
  • Gov. DeWine has released guidance on the number of spectators at outdoor and indoor sports venues as well as requirements for entertainment venues to host events. At LADD, our outdoor outings policy remains in effect but we are assessing which indoor outings may be safe while the county is at a Level 2 or lower.
 
  • Mass gatherings in Ohio remain limited to 10 people. Find more information here.  
 
  • Alcohol sales are banned at Ohio restaurants and bars after 10pm. Find more information in Gov. DeWine’s news release.  
 
  • statewide mask mandate is in effect in all 88 Ohio counties. Masks continue to be required for all frontline staff while at work.  
 
  • Read additional state updates here
 
Day Program Guidance 
 
Adult day care centers and senior centers may open at a reduced capacity beginning on Sept. 21 if the facilities can meet certain safety standards outlined in a forthcoming health order. 
 
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ mandatory practices and best practices for facility-based day programs can be found here.  
 
The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a required risk assessment. The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program, your loved one, their guardian and SSA. This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation. 
 
Ohio Travel Advisory 
 
Those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15 percent or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. The list of states will be updated every week on Wednesday here. Currently, affected states are: 
  • Alabama 
  • South Dakota 
  • North Dakota 
  • Iowa 
  • Kansas 
  • Nevada 
  • Idaho 
 
We are assessing on a case-by-case basis the steps that may be needed, including quarantine or testing, to ensure a safe return to work if an employee travels.  
 
Employee Testing 
 
LADD continues to test new employees, employees experiencing symptoms or with direct exposures. New employees are now tested with an antibody test seven days before entering a site, monitor themselves for symptoms throughout the week and are tested again right before their first shift. Nearly 70 staff at high-risk sites also undergo monthly antibody testing as a first layer of testing.  
 
While there are limits to antibody testing, it offers additional information and a layer of testing that we have not had access to previously. Antibody tests will not be used as the sole basis to diagnose a COVID-19 infection, but if certain antibodies test positive, we will move forward with a swab test. While we will inform our entire community of a positive case, identities will remain confidential.  
 
This, as you know, continues to be a fluid situation and we will continue working to receive additional resources and testing capacity.  
 
Pop-Up Testing:
 
Sept. 8 
Winton Terrace Apartment Homes 
4848 Winneste Ave 
Cincinnati, OH 45232 
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
 
Virtual Events 
 
Visit laddinc.org/calendar to view a full calendar of virtual events at LADD. There is a waiting room and the host will need to let you into Zoom events. Please contact LADD staff at development@laddinc.org if you have any technical issues.  
 
Prevention measures 
 
In addition to our testing measures, we continue to require: 
  • Temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work 
  • Rigorous handwashing throughout the day 
  • Mask wearing while at work 
  • Social distancing when possible 
  • Disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day 
  • Using foggers to disinfect vehicles before outings  
  • Outings limited to outdoor places and avoiding crowds 
  • Employees stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick 
  • Family visits outside with masks and social distancing  
 
Please visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates and email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight 
CEO, LADD 
To LADD families and loved ones,    
 
Currently, LADD has no active, confirmed COVID-19 cases. 
 
The five individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 over the past few weeks have been cleared to return to their normal activities as they are reporting no symptoms and past the CDC threshold for quarantining. I extend my deepest gratitude to everyone who helped contain the spread and supported each other during these difficult times. The courage demonstrated by both LADD staff and those impacted is inspiring and humbling.  
 
Thank you for your partnership and perseverance as we work together to keep the LADD community safe and healthy.  
 
Voting in the Pandemic 
 
The voices of people with developmental disabilities must be heard at the ballot box, and we can help ensure those we support exercise their right to vote. With the pandemic, mail-in voting has become an important option, especially for those at higher risk. We will begin sharing voting information with your loved ones to ensure they have what they need to participate in the 2020 election.  
 
Ohio Mail-In Voting: 
  • Deadline to request the ballot by mail:  Oct. 31 
  • Where to apply for absentee:  By mail 
  • Ballots due, if mailed:  Postmarked by Nov. 2 
  • Who can request a mailed ballot:  Any registered voter 
 
Connected Community Contest 
 
We’re searching for activities to get LADD back out in the community safely. Submit your ideas for engaging outdoor activities where social distancing can be maintained and you’ll be entered to win a prize.  
 
State Updates 
 
  • Hamilton County remains at a Level 2/Orange on the state’s Public Health Advisory System. Gov. DeWine cited mask usage, social distancing and testing as factors and said we must continue these efforts to lower the virus spread further. Level 2 indicates increased exposure and spread and gives guidance to exercise a high degree of caution.  
 
  • Gov. DeWine has released guidance on the number of spectators at outdoor and indoor sports venues as well as requirements for entertainment venues to host events. At LADD, we continue to only attend outdoor outings and avoid crowds.  
 
  • Mass gatherings in Ohio remain limited to 10 people. Find more information here.  
 
  • Alcohol sales are banned at Ohio restaurants and bars after 10pm. Find more information in Gov. DeWine’s news release.  
 
  • statewide mask mandate is in effect in all 88 Ohio counties.  Masks continue to be required for all frontline staff while at work.  
 
  • Read additional state updates here
 
Day Program Guidance 
 
Adult day care centers and senior centers may open at a reduced capacity beginning on Sept. 21 if the facilities can meet certain safety standards outlined in a forthcoming health order.  
 
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ mandatory practices and best practices for facility-based day programs can be found  here.  
 
The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a required risk assessment.  The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program, your loved one, their guardian and SSA. This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation.  
 
Ohio Travel Advisory 
 
Those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15 percent or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. The list of states will be updated every week on Wednesday here. Currently, affected states are: 
  • Mississippi  
  • South Carolina 
  • Texas 
  • Idaho 
 
We are assessing on a case-by-case basis the steps that may be needed, including quarantine or testing, to ensure a safe return to work if an employee travels.  
 
Employee Testing 
 
LADD continues to test new employees, employees experiencing symptoms or with direct exposures. Nearly 70 staff at high-risk sites also undergo monthly antibody testing as a first layer of testing.  
 
While there are limits to antibody testing, it offers additional information  and a layer of testing that we have not had access to previously.  Antibody  tests will not be used as the sole basis to diagnose a COVID-19 infection, but if certain antibodies test positive, we will move forward with a swab test. While we will inform our entire community of a positive case, identities will remain confidential.  
 
This, as you know, continues to be a fluid situation and we will continue working to receive additional resources and testing capacity.  
 
Virtual Events 
 
Visit laddinc.org/calendar to view a full calendar of virtual events at LADD. There is a waiting room and the host will need to let you into Zoom events. Please contact LADD staff at development@laddinc.org if you have any technical issues.  
 
Prevention measures 
 
In addition to our testing measures, we continue to require: 
  • Temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work 
  • Rigorous handwashing throughout the day 
  • Mask wearing while at work 
  • Social distancing when possible 
  • Disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day 
  • Using foggers to disinfect vehicles before outings  
  • Outings limited to outdoor places and avoiding crowds 
  • Employees stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick 
  • Family visits outside with masks and social distancing  
 
Please visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates and email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org
 
Sincerely,  
Susan Brownknight  
CEO, LADD 

To LADD families and loved ones,    

 
Good evening. As per Wednesday’s email announcement, there are five confirmed and active cases of COVID-19 at LADD and HLADD with no further spread expected. One case is an HLADD contractor, three cases are people we support and one case is staff.  
 
We do not expect further spread given the following: 1) The source of the aforementioned cases was singular 2) LADD severely limited staff crossover; there was none in this instance 3) We utilized masks and social distancing as well as other safety protocols 4) All other exposed staff tested negative. We are supporting staff that are working in COVID-19 positive sites by providing the necessary equipment, hazard pay, hotel rooms for safe housing to help prevent further spread and testing if needed. Please join me in extending our profound thanks to these staff for their courage and commitment in the face of this virus. It is important to note that monthly antibody testing continues for much of LADD’s frontline staff.   
 
Finally, please submit your ideas below for engaging outdoor activities where social distancing can be maintained. The best ideas will be implemented and submitters will be entered to win a prize:  Click here to learn more and to submit.
 
Voting in the Pandemic
 
The voices of people with developmental disabilities must be heard at the ballot box, and we can help ensure those we support exercise their right to vote. With the pandemic, mail-in voting has become an important option, especially for those at higher risk. We will begin sharing voting information with your loved ones to ensure they have what they need to participate in the 2020 election. 
 
Ohio Mail-In Voting
Deadline to request the ballot by mail: Oct. 31
Where to apply for absentee: By mail
Ballots due, if mailed: Postmarked by Nov. 2
Who can request a mailed ballot: Any registered voter
 
Hamilton County at Level 2 Emergency; State Updates
 
Hamilton County remains at a Level 2/Orange on the state’s Public Health Advisory System. The county had been at a Level 3 in previous weeks. Gov. DeWine cited mask usage, social distancing and testing as factors and said we must continue these efforts to lower the virus spread further. Level 2 indicates increased exposure and spread and gives guidance to exercise a high degree of caution. Read additional state updates here.  

 

Ohio Orders

Mass gatherings in Ohio remain limited to 10 people. Find more information here.
 
Alcohol sales are banned at Ohio restaurants and bars after 10 p.m. Find more information in Gov. DeWine’s news release
 
statewide mask mandate is in effect in all 88 Ohio counties. Masks continue to be required for all frontline staff while at work.

 

Ohio Travel Advisory 

Those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15 percent or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. The list of states will be updated every week on Wednesday here. Currently, affected states are: 

  • Mississippi  
  • Florida 
  • Idaho 
  • Nevada 

We are assessing on a case-by-case basis the steps that may be needed, including quarantine or testing, to ensure a safe return to work if an employee travels

 

Additional Updates as of Aug. 21, 2020: 

  • Day Program Guidance
    • Governor DeWine announced yesterday that adult day care centers and senior centers may open at a reduced capacity beginning on Sept. 21 if the facilities can meet certain safety standards outlined in a forthcoming health order. 
      • “By delaying the opening until September 21, we are providing time for each center to properly prepare based on the order’s guidelines,” said Governor DeWine. “Each center should consider a variety of factors when determining its ability to reopen, including the case status in the surrounding community.” The full plan and health order will be posted soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
    • The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) has released updated guidance on facility-based day programs. The department is no longer requiring separate entrances/exits and bathrooms for different groups but is strongly recommending it. Other mandatory practices and best practices can be found hereThe program  must  still be certified by the county and state to reopen, maintain social distancing and allow no more than 10  people  including staff,  among other requirements. The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a  required  risk assessment.   
    • The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program,  your loved one, their  guardian and SSA.  This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation.  

 

  • Employee Testing: In addition to testing new employees, employees experiencing symptoms and employees with direct and indirect exposures, frontline employees have also requested ongoing testing options. Our COVID-19 Task Force has taken this request seriously, developing a plan that is as comprehensive as possible while taking into account the availability of tests and laboratory capabilities.  
    • We have identified nearly 70 staff members for monthly testing beginning in mid-July. These staff members were identified based on two factors:  
      • Number of people supported by LADD that the staff member has direct contact with. 
      • Health status/risk factors of the people the staff member supports.  
  1.  
    • The testing will be conducted by LADD’s registered nurse in a drive-thru capacity. We will utilize antibody tests as our first layer of testing. While there are limits to antibody testing, it offers additional information and a layer of testing that we have not had access to previously.  Antibody tests will not be used as the sole basis to diagnose a COVID-19 infection, but if certain antibodies test positive, we will move forward with a swab test. While we will inform our entire community of a positive case, identities will remain confidential.  
    • This, as you know, continues to be a fluid situation and we will continue working to receive additional resources and testing capacity.  

 

  • Virtual Events: Visit laddinc.org/calendar to view a full calendar of virtual events at LADD.
    • There is a waiting room and the host will need to let you into Zoom events. Please contact LADD staff at development@laddinc.org if you have any technical issues.  
  • Mitigating Indirect Exposures: As the state and nation continue to reopen, we expect to see more “indirect exposure” situations among many Ohioans, including our frontline employees. Indirect exposure in this case means a DSP was in contact with someone who came into contact with someone else who was confirmed with COVID-19.  
    • Out of an abundance of caution, we will take the following steps if a LADD DSP reports to us an indirect exposure:  
      • We will remove the employee from the schedule. If they do not have PTO, we will work with them to continue to be paid.    
      • We will require COVID-19 testing or a quarantine for 14 days (unless the person with direct exposure that is in contact with the employee received a negative test).  
      • We will conduct an additional deep cleaning of the residence. 
      • We will not add the employee back to the schedule until 14 days pass with no symptoms; they receive a negative test result; or the person with the direct exposure that had contact with the employee receives a negative test.
    •  
    • In a case where a DSP reports symptoms or a direct exposure to someone confirmed with COVID-19: 
    •  
      • We will remove them from the schedule.  
      • We will require them to be tested. 
      • We will notify the families of individuals who work with that DSP.
      • We will not add them back to the schedule until they receive a negative result. 
      • We will conduct an additional deep cleaning of the residence. 
    •  
    • These procedures are subject to change as the situation around COVID-19 and state and local guidance remains fluid. We will notify you of any changes. 
    • All families and staff members will be informed of a positive case. 

 

  • Geier and Find-A-Way Guidance: Geier and Find-A-Way Apartments are subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and therefore operate under different federal guidelines than do our other programs. Currently, we are encouraging family to not enter residences and instead visit outdoors while practicing social distancing and wearing masks. If anyone does enter the building, such as another provider, they are required to wear a mask, sign-in and wash their hands upon entering the lobby.  
    • We are encouraging small groups of residents to meet outside with social distancing and mask wearing. We are also supporting a new gardening area and outdoor movies on the lawn where people can maintain social distance. 
    • We are encouraging any residents returning to FAW/Geier to be tested before returning. If a returning resident does not receive a test, we will: 
    • Ask them to self-quarantine for seven days 
    • Check on their temperature and symptoms each day 
    • Strongly encourage them to stay away from others until cleared 
    • We continue to uphold these safety policies: 
  •  
      • Only one person in the elevator (except when support is needed) 
      • Only two people in the laundry room at any time 
      • Community room is closed to public
      • No congregating in the lobby
      • Performing well-check calls daily with all FAW and Geier residents
      • Robust cleaning schedule still in effect 
    •  

 

  • LADD’s Phased Reopening: We are currently in Phase 2 of our reopening with outdoor socially distanced family visits, new transportation protocols and outdoor outings. Find more information in the Phased Reopening Plan. 
    • Family visits require: 
      • An outdoor setting  
      • All individuals maintaining 6 feet social distancing 
      • All individuals wearing masks while visiting
      • Scheduling ahead of time  
    • Safe outdoor outings: We are requiring outings facilitated by staff to meet the following criteria: 
      • Outdoors: Must be outside; no  outings to indoor facilities  unless essential, such as a doctor’s  appointment.  
      • Social distancing: Must maintain  6 feet from others.  
      • Reservations: If it is not a park, but some other  organized  outdoor activity, such as the zoo or a  restaurant with outdoor seating,  the location must require reservations. This helps ensure these  locations are not overcrowded and social distancing can be maintained.  
      • No long lines/crowds: Even if  the  activity  is outside and requires reservations,  but  features  long lines  or is crowded in general  (such as  amusement parks  or fairs),  these settings  increase the  risk of virus  exposure and must be avoided.  
      • Masks:  Masks  must  still be worn unless physically impossible or a threat to someone’s health and  safety.  

 

  • Hospital guidance: We are aware of a few cases where DSPs and families have been denied entry to support people with disabilities if they are admitted to a hospital. Rules and regulations vary between hospitals and even floors of the same hospital. As such, we have developed a protocol in which we involve the county to work with the hospital if a LADD DSP encounters a denial of entry. DODD’s guidance for hospitals is available here and has also been distributed to LADD staff.  

 

  • Community Connections (CCP) safely reopening: LADD’s day programs have begun reopening with guidance from Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services. Requirements include reduced group sizes, preferably people living together, risk assessments and approval from any guardian (CCP staff coordinate the paperwork), and vehicle cleaning and seating protocols. Groups, if they go somewhere, will be outside, practice social distancing with the general public and wear masks. CCP is also offering a virtual day program option. 

 

  • Envision Therapy: We are aware Envision Therapy Assistants are beginning to schedule home visits with interested clients. We have not yet finalized a protocol for anyone at LADD to receive home therapy visits and will continue with teletherapy until we have a protocol in place.  

 

  • Resident Testing: We continue to work tirelessly to expand our access to testing. The Cincinnati Health Department has assured us their support and access to tests should we experience any cases in congregate living settings. The state recently tested employees and individuals served at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ eight developmental centers. LADD is working hard to move up on the state’s list of priority testing.  

 

  • Testing for residents returning to LADD: We are asking that anyone who receives residential services from LADD and is currently living with family members but wishes to return to their LADD residence to undergo testing. Procedure to obtain testing prior to returning: 
    • Family to contact PCP for person who receives LADD services and request testing before returning to a group living setting for people with developmental disabilities.  
    • Submit negative test result to LADD Program Staff. 
    • If unable to obtain testingwork with LADD Program Staff on alternative testing options. 

 

  • MasksWe have provided each frontline employee three cloth masks and two masks to each person supported by LADDWe continue to monitor all sanitization supplies and replenish them as needed.  

 

  • Your loved one returning to work: Your loved one may soon return to work as many businesses begin reopening. Supported Employment will include the employee, the employee’s family and the employer in the discussion of returning to work, safety requirements at work and additional coaching needs related to safety protocolsPlease contact Laura Grimes at lgrimes@laddinc.org with any questions. 

 

  • Prevention measures: We continue to require temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work; rigorous handwashing throughout the day; mask wearing while at work; social distancing when possible; disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day; using foggers to disinfect vehicles before outings; and requiring employees to stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick.  

Please email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org and visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates. 

 

Sincerely,  

Susan Brownknight 

CEO, LADD  

To LADD families and loved ones,    

Currently, there are no confirmed, active cases of COVID-19 at LADD. 
 
We are our six months into the COVID-19 pandemic – working, living, learning and connecting in a world that looks much different than it did at the beginning of 2020. Individually and collectively, we have faced struggles, overcome impossibilities, asked the hard questions, progressed on important projects and protected our community. Together, we have found solutions to problems that did not even exist six months ago. 
 
This is not to say things are easier now; the pandemic rages on and flexibility, patience and resilience are still required of us. It can feel utterly exhausting. But we must continue to work together to ensure the health, safety and well-being of your family members and loved ones. We hold tight to the moments that fill us with joy and comfort. And we remember that what we are doing has the potential to save lives. 
 
Every time we put on a mask; every time we visit outside and sit six feet away; every time we remind our loved ones to try a new hobby or log into LADD Live – every single time gets us one step closer to crossing this finish line. 
 
And so, as we move into the fall, maintaining as best we can any modicum of normalcy, I ask that, if you are able, please tap into your creativity and submit your ideas for engaging outdoor activities where social distancing can be maintained! The best ideas will be implemented and the person submitting wins a prize!  Click here to learn more or to submit an idea.   
 
Hamilton County Improves to Level 2 Emergency; State Updates
 
Hamilton County improved this week to a Level 2/Orange on the state’s Public Health Advisory System. The county had been at a Level 3 in previous weeks. Gov. DeWine cited mask usage, social distancing and testing as factors and said we must continue these efforts to lower the virus spread further. Level 2 indicates increased exposure and spread and gives guidance to exercise a high degree of caution.
 
Other updates from Gov. DeWine, including an order requiring masks in schools and a rapid testing multi-state purchasing agreement and guidance can be found here.   

Ohio Orders

Mass gatherings in Ohio remain limited to 10 people. Find more information here.
 
Alcohol sales are banned at Ohio restaurants and bars after 10 p.m. Find more information in Gov. DeWine’s news release
 
statewide mask mandate is in effect in all 88 Ohio counties. Masks continue to be required for all frontline staff while at work.

Ohio Travel Advisory 

Those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15 percent or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. The list of states will be updated every week on Wednesday here. Currently, affected states are: 

  • Mississippi  
  • Arizona 
  • Florida 
  • Alabama 
  • Idaho 
  • Nevada 

We are assessing on a case-by-case basis the steps that may be needed, including quarantine or testing, to ensure a safe return to work if an employee travels 

Additional Updates as of Aug. 7, 2020: 

  • Updated Day Program Guidance: The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) has released updated guidance on facility-based day programs. The department is no longer requiring separate entrances/exits and bathrooms for different groups but is strongly recommending it. Other mandatory practices and best practices can be found hereThe program  must  still be certified by the county and state to reopen, maintain social distancing and allow no more than 10  people  including staff,  among other requirements. The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a  required  risk assessment.   
    • The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program,  your loved one, their  guardian and SSA.  This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation.  

 

  • Employee Testing: In addition to testing new employees, employees experiencing symptoms and employees with direct and indirect exposures, frontline employees have also requested ongoing testing options. Our COVID-19 Task Force has taken this request seriously, developing a plan that is as comprehensive as possible while taking into account the availability of tests and laboratory capabilities.  
    • We have identified nearly 70 staff members for monthly testing beginning in mid-July. These staff members were identified based on two factors:  
      • Number of people supported by LADD that the staff member has direct contact with. 
      • Health status/risk factors of the people the staff member supports.  
  1.  
    • The testing will be conducted by LADD’s registered nurse in a drive-thru capacity. We will utilize antibody tests as our first layer of testing. While there are limits to antibody testing, it offers additional information and a layer of testing that we have not had access to previously.  Antibody tests will not be used as the sole basis to diagnose a COVID-19 infection, but if certain antibodies test positive, we will move forward with a swab test. While we will inform our entire community of a positive case, identities will remain confidential.  
    • This, as you know, continues to be a fluid situation and we will continue working to receive additional resources and testing capacity.  

 

  • Virtual Events: Visit laddinc.org/calendar to view a full calendar of virtual events at LADD.
    • There is a waiting room and the host will need to let you into Zoom events. Please contact LADD staff at development@laddinc.org if you have any technical issues.  
  • Mitigating Indirect Exposures: As the state and nation continue to reopen, we expect to see more “indirect exposure” situations among many Ohioans, including our frontline employees. Indirect exposure in this case means a DSP was in contact with someone who came into contact with someone else who was confirmed with COVID-19.  
    • Out of an abundance of caution, we will take the following steps if a LADD DSP reports to us an indirect exposure:  
      • We will remove the employee from the schedule. If they do not have PTO, we will work with them to continue to be paid.    
      • We will require COVID-19 testing or a quarantine for 14 days (unless the person with direct exposure that is in contact with the employee received a negative test).  
      • We will conduct an additional deep cleaning of the residence. 
      • We will not add the employee back to the schedule until 14 days pass with no symptoms; they receive a negative test result; or the person with the direct exposure that had contact with the employee receives a negative test.
    •  
    • In a case where a DSP reports symptoms or a direct exposure to someone confirmed with COVID-19: 
    •  
      • We will remove them from the schedule.  
      • We will require them to be tested. 
      • We will notify the families of individuals who work with that DSP.
      • We will not add them back to the schedule until they receive a negative result. 
      • We will conduct an additional deep cleaning of the residence. 
    •  
    • These procedures are subject to change as the situation around COVID-19 and state and local guidance remains fluid. We will notify you of any changes. 
    • All families and staff members will be informed of a positive case. 

 

  • Geier and Find-A-Way Guidance: Geier and Find-A-Way Apartments are subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and therefore operate under different federal guidelines than do our other programs. Currently, we are encouraging family to not enter residences and instead visit outdoors while practicing social distancing and wearing masks. If anyone does enter the building, such as another provider, they are required to wear a mask, sign-in and wash their hands upon entering the lobby.  
    • We are encouraging small groups of residents to meet outside with social distancing and mask wearing. We are also supporting a new gardening area and outdoor movies on the lawn where people can maintain social distance. 
    • We are encouraging any residents returning to FAW/Geier to be tested before returning. If a returning resident does not receive a test, we will: 
    • Ask them to self-quarantine for seven days 
    • Check on their temperature and symptoms each day 
    • Strongly encourage them to stay away from others until cleared 
    • We continue to uphold these safety policies: 
  •  
      • Only one person in the elevator (except when support is needed) 
      • Only two people in the laundry room at any time 
      • Community room is closed to public
      • No congregating in the lobby
      • Performing well-check calls daily with all FAW and Geier residents
      • Robust cleaning schedule still in effect 
    •  

 

  • LADD’s Phased Reopening: We are currently in Phase 2 of our reopening with outdoor socially distanced family visits, new transportation protocols and outdoor outings. Find more information in the Phased Reopening Plan. 
    • Family visits require: 
      • An outdoor setting  
      • All individuals maintaining 6 feet social distancing 
      • All individuals wearing masks while visiting
      • Scheduling ahead of time  
    • Safe outdoor outings: We are requiring outings facilitated by staff to meet the following criteria: 
      • Outdoors: Must be outside; no  outings to indoor facilities  unless essential, such as a doctor’s  appointment.  
      • Social distancing: Must maintain  6 feet from others.  
      • Reservations: If it is not a park, but some other  organized  outdoor activity, such as the zoo or a  restaurant with outdoor seating,  the location must require reservations. This helps ensure these  locations are not overcrowded and social distancing can be maintained.  
      • No long lines/crowds: Even if  the  activity  is outside and requires reservations,  but  features  long lines  or is crowded in general  (such as  amusement parks  or fairs),  these settings  increase the  risk of virus  exposure and must be avoided.  
      • Masks:  Masks  must  still be worn unless physically impossible or a threat to someone’s health and  safety.  

 

  • Hospital guidance: We are aware of a few cases where DSPs and families have been denied entry to support people with disabilities if they are admitted to a hospital. Rules and regulations vary between hospitals and even floors of the same hospital. As such, we have developed a protocol in which we involve the county to work with the hospital if a LADD DSP encounters a denial of entry. DODD’s guidance for hospitals is available here and has also been distributed to LADD staff.  

 

  • Community Connections (CCP) safely reopening: LADD’s day programs have begun reopening with guidance from Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services. Requirements include reduced group sizes, preferably people living together, risk assessments and approval from any guardian (CCP staff coordinate the paperwork), and vehicle cleaning and seating protocols. Groups, if they go somewhere, will be outside, practice social distancing with the general public and wear masks. CCP is also offering a virtual day program option. 

 

  • Envision Therapy: We are aware Envision Therapy Assistants are beginning to schedule home visits with interested clients. We have not yet finalized a protocol for anyone at LADD to receive home therapy visits and will continue with teletherapy until we have a protocol in place.  

 

  • Resident Testing: We continue to work tirelessly to expand our access to testing. The Cincinnati Health Department has assured us their support and access to tests should we experience any cases in congregate living settings. The state recently tested employees and individuals served at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ eight developmental centers. LADD is working hard to move up on the state’s list of priority testing.  

 

  • Testing for residents returning to LADD: We are asking that anyone who receives residential services from LADD and is currently living with family members but wishes to return to their LADD residence to undergo testing. Procedure to obtain testing prior to returning: 
    • Family to contact PCP for person who receives LADD services and request testing before returning to a group living setting for people with developmental disabilities.  
    • Submit negative test result to LADD Program Staff. 
    • If unable to obtain testingwork with LADD Program Staff on alternative testing options. 

 

  • MasksWe have provided each frontline employee three cloth masks and two masks to each person supported by LADDWe continue to monitor all sanitization supplies and replenish them as needed.  

 

  • Your loved one returning to work: Your loved one may soon return to work as many businesses begin reopening. Supported Employment will include the employee, the employee’s family and the employer in the discussion of returning to work, safety requirements at work and additional coaching needs related to safety protocolsPlease contact Laura Grimes at lgrimes@laddinc.org with any questions. 

 

  • Prevention measures: We continue to require temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work; rigorous handwashing throughout the day; mask wearing while at work; social distancing when possible; disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day; using foggers to disinfect vehicles before outings; and requiring employees to stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick.  

Please email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org and visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates. 

 

Sincerely,  

Susan Brownknight 

CEO, LADD  

To LADD families and loved ones,    

Currently, there are no confirmed, active cases of COVID-19 at LADD. 
 
We are our six months into the COVID-19 pandemic – working, living, learning and connecting in a world that looks much different than it did at the beginning of 2020. Individually and collectively, we have faced struggles, overcome impossibilities, asked the hard questions, progressed on important projects and protected our community. Together, we have found solutions to problems that did not even exist six months ago. 
 
This is not to say things are easier now; the pandemic rages on and flexibility, patience and resilience are still required of us. It can feel utterly exhausting. But we must continue to work together to ensure the health, safety and well-being of your family members and loved ones. We hold tight to the moments that fill us with joy and comfort. And we remember that what we are doing has the potential to save lives. 
 
Every time we put on a mask; every time we visit outside and sit six feet away; every time we remind our loved ones to try a new hobby or log into LADD Live – every single time gets us one step closer to crossing this finish line. 
 
And so, as we move into the fall, maintaining as best we can any modicum of normalcy, I ask that, if you are able, please tap into your creativity and submit your ideas for engaging outdoor activities where social distancing can be maintained! The best ideas will be implemented and the person submitting wins a prize!  Click here to learn more or to submit an idea.   
 
Hamilton County Improves to Level 2 Emergency; State Updates
 
Hamilton County improved this week to a Level 2/Orange on the state’s Public Health Advisory System. The county had been at a Level 3 in previous weeks. Gov. DeWine cited mask usage, social distancing and testing as factors and said we must continue these efforts to lower the virus spread further. Level 2 indicates increased exposure and spread and gives guidance to exercise a high degree of caution.
 
Other updates from Gov. DeWine, including an order requiring masks in schools and a rapid testing multi-state purchasing agreement and guidance can be found here.   

Ohio Orders

Mass gatherings in Ohio remain limited to 10 people. Find more information here.
 
Alcohol sales are banned at Ohio restaurants and bars after 10 p.m. Find more information in Gov. DeWine’s news release
 
statewide mask mandate is in effect in all 88 Ohio counties. Masks continue to be required for all frontline staff while at work.

Ohio Travel Advisory 

Those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15 percent or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. The list of states will be updated every week on Wednesday here. Currently, affected states are: 

  • Mississippi  
  • Arizona 
  • Florida 
  • Alabama 
  • Idaho 
  • Nevada 

We are assessing on a case-by-case basis the steps that may be needed, including quarantine or testing, to ensure a safe return to work if an employee travels 

Additional Updates as of Aug. 7, 2020: 

  • Updated Day Program Guidance: The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) has released updated guidance on facility-based day programs. The department is no longer requiring separate entrances/exits and bathrooms for different groups but is strongly recommending it. Other mandatory practices and best practices can be found hereThe program  must  still be certified by the county and state to reopen, maintain social distancing and allow no more than 10  people  including staff,  among other requirements. The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a  required  risk assessment.   
    • The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program,  your loved one, their  guardian and SSA.  This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation.  

 

  • Employee Testing: In addition to testing new employees, employees experiencing symptoms and employees with direct and indirect exposures, frontline employees have also requested ongoing testing options. Our COVID-19 Task Force has taken this request seriously, developing a plan that is as comprehensive as possible while taking into account the availability of tests and laboratory capabilities.  
    • We have identified nearly 70 staff members for monthly testing beginning in mid-July. These staff members were identified based on two factors:  
      • Number of people supported by LADD that the staff member has direct contact with. 
      • Health status/risk factors of the people the staff member supports.  
  1.  
    • The testing will be conducted by LADD’s registered nurse in a drive-thru capacity. We will utilize antibody tests as our first layer of testing. While there are limits to antibody testing, it offers additional information and a layer of testing that we have not had access to previously.  Antibody tests will not be used as the sole basis to diagnose a COVID-19 infection, but if certain antibodies test positive, we will move forward with a swab test. While we will inform our entire community of a positive case, identities will remain confidential.  
    • This, as you know, continues to be a fluid situation and we will continue working to receive additional resources and testing capacity.  

 

  • Virtual Events: Visit laddinc.org/calendar to view a full calendar of virtual events at LADD.
    • There is a waiting room and the host will need to let you into Zoom events. Please contact LADD staff at development@laddinc.org if you have any technical issues.  
  • Mitigating Indirect Exposures: As the state and nation continue to reopen, we expect to see more “indirect exposure” situations among many Ohioans, including our frontline employees. Indirect exposure in this case means a DSP was in contact with someone who came into contact with someone else who was confirmed with COVID-19.  
    • Out of an abundance of caution, we will take the following steps if a LADD DSP reports to us an indirect exposure:  
      • We will remove the employee from the schedule. If they do not have PTO, we will work with them to continue to be paid.    
      • We will require COVID-19 testing or a quarantine for 14 days (unless the person with direct exposure that is in contact with the employee received a negative test).  
      • We will conduct an additional deep cleaning of the residence. 
      • We will not add the employee back to the schedule until 14 days pass with no symptoms; they receive a negative test result; or the person with the direct exposure that had contact with the employee receives a negative test.
    •  
    • In a case where a DSP reports symptoms or a direct exposure to someone confirmed with COVID-19: 
    •  
      • We will remove them from the schedule.  
      • We will require them to be tested. 
      • We will notify the families of individuals who work with that DSP.
      • We will not add them back to the schedule until they receive a negative result. 
      • We will conduct an additional deep cleaning of the residence. 
    •  
    • These procedures are subject to change as the situation around COVID-19 and state and local guidance remains fluid. We will notify you of any changes. 
    • All families and staff members will be informed of a positive case. 

 

  • Geier and Find-A-Way Guidance: Geier and Find-A-Way Apartments are subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and therefore operate under different federal guidelines than do our other programs. Currently, we are encouraging family to not enter residences and instead visit outdoors while practicing social distancing and wearing masks. If anyone does enter the building, such as another provider, they are required to wear a mask, sign-in and wash their hands upon entering the lobby.  
    • We are encouraging small groups of residents to meet outside with social distancing and mask wearing. We are also supporting a new gardening area and outdoor movies on the lawn where people can maintain social distance. 
    • We are encouraging any residents returning to FAW/Geier to be tested before returning. If a returning resident does not receive a test, we will: 
    • Ask them to self-quarantine for seven days 
    • Check on their temperature and symptoms each day 
    • Strongly encourage them to stay away from others until cleared 
    • We continue to uphold these safety policies: 
  •  
      • Only one person in the elevator (except when support is needed) 
      • Only two people in the laundry room at any time 
      • Community room is closed to public
      • No congregating in the lobby
      • Performing well-check calls daily with all FAW and Geier residents
      • Robust cleaning schedule still in effect 
    •  

 

  • LADD’s Phased Reopening: We are currently in Phase 2 of our reopening with outdoor socially distanced family visits, new transportation protocols and outdoor outings. Find more information in the Phased Reopening Plan. 
    • Family visits require: 
      • An outdoor setting  
      • All individuals maintaining 6 feet social distancing 
      • All individuals wearing masks while visiting
      • Scheduling ahead of time  
    • Safe outdoor outings: We are requiring outings facilitated by staff to meet the following criteria: 
      • Outdoors: Must be outside; no  outings to indoor facilities  unless essential, such as a doctor’s  appointment.  
      • Social distancing: Must maintain  6 feet from others.  
      • Reservations: If it is not a park, but some other  organized  outdoor activity, such as the zoo or a  restaurant with outdoor seating,  the location must require reservations. This helps ensure these  locations are not overcrowded and social distancing can be maintained.  
      • No long lines/crowds: Even if  the  activity  is outside and requires reservations,  but  features  long lines  or is crowded in general  (such as  amusement parks  or fairs),  these settings  increase the  risk of virus  exposure and must be avoided.  
      • Masks:  Masks  must  still be worn unless physically impossible or a threat to someone’s health and  safety.  

 

  • Hospital guidance: We are aware of a few cases where DSPs and families have been denied entry to support people with disabilities if they are admitted to a hospital. Rules and regulations vary between hospitals and even floors of the same hospital. As such, we have developed a protocol in which we involve the county to work with the hospital if a LADD DSP encounters a denial of entry. DODD’s guidance for hospitals is available here and has also been distributed to LADD staff.  

 

  • Community Connections (CCP) safely reopening: LADD’s day programs have begun reopening with guidance from Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services. Requirements include reduced group sizes, preferably people living together, risk assessments and approval from any guardian (CCP staff coordinate the paperwork), and vehicle cleaning and seating protocols. Groups, if they go somewhere, will be outside, practice social distancing with the general public and wear masks. CCP is also offering a virtual day program option. 

 

  • Envision Therapy: We are aware Envision Therapy Assistants are beginning to schedule home visits with interested clients. We have not yet finalized a protocol for anyone at LADD to receive home therapy visits and will continue with teletherapy until we have a protocol in place.  

 

  • Resident Testing: We continue to work tirelessly to expand our access to testing. The Cincinnati Health Department has assured us their support and access to tests should we experience any cases in congregate living settings. The state recently tested employees and individuals served at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ eight developmental centers. LADD is working hard to move up on the state’s list of priority testing.  

 

  • Testing for residents returning to LADD: We are asking that anyone who receives residential services from LADD and is currently living with family members but wishes to return to their LADD residence to undergo testing. Procedure to obtain testing prior to returning: 
    • Family to contact PCP for person who receives LADD services and request testing before returning to a group living setting for people with developmental disabilities.  
    • Submit negative test result to LADD Program Staff. 
    • If unable to obtain testingwork with LADD Program Staff on alternative testing options. 

 

  • MasksWe have provided each frontline employee three cloth masks and two masks to each person supported by LADDWe continue to monitor all sanitization supplies and replenish them as needed.  

 

  • Your loved one returning to work: Your loved one may soon return to work as many businesses begin reopening. Supported Employment will include the employee, the employee’s family and the employer in the discussion of returning to work, safety requirements at work and additional coaching needs related to safety protocolsPlease contact Laura Grimes at lgrimes@laddinc.org with any questions. 

 

  • Prevention measures: We continue to require temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work; rigorous handwashing throughout the day; mask wearing while at work; social distancing when possible; disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day; using foggers to disinfect vehicles before outings; and requiring employees to stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick.  

Please email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org and visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates. 

 

Sincerely,  

Susan Brownknight 

CEO, LADD  

To LADD families and loved ones,    

Thus far, we have had three confirmed cases. Of those, all three employees have fully recovered.  And, there was no spread to anyone at LADD in any of these cases.  By following our safety procedures, we have ensured exposure is limited and our community is protected as much as possible in a global pandemic. It is proof that these actions have an impact and small efforts go a long way. 

In fact, following improved mask compliance throughout the county, the Hamilton County Public Health Commissioner is reporting several positive signs regarding the spread here, including the number of new cases declining over the past week. But we are still in the red category/ Level 3 of the Ohio Public Health Advisory System and must stay vigilant.  

 New(er) Gov. DeWine Orders  

Mass gatherings in Ohio remain limited to 10 people. Find more information here.  

Ohio bars and restaurants will have to stop selling drinks at 10pm.   

Ohio Mask Order  

statewide mask mandate is now in effect for citizens living in all 88 Ohio counties. Masks continue to be required for all frontline staff while at work.   

Find more information here 

Ohio Travel Advisory 

Those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15 percent or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. The list of states will be updated every week on Wednesday here. Currently, affected states are: 

  • Mississippi  
  • Arizona 
  • Florida 
  • Alabama 
  • Idaho 
  • Kansas 
  • South Carolina 

We are assessing on a case-by-case basis the steps that may be needed, including quarantine or testing, to ensure a safe return to work if an employee travels 

The Ohio Department of Health is providing the following pop-up testing sites this weekend. More information is available here  

 

July 31 

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Santa Maria Holy Family Church 

3006 Eighth St W 

Cincinnati, OH 45229 

 

Additional Updates as of July 24, 2020: 

  • Updated Day Program Guidance: The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) has released updated guidance on facility-based day programs. The department is no longer requiring separate entrances/exits and bathrooms for different groups but is strongly recommending it. Other mandatory practices and best practices can be found hereThe program  must  still be certified by the county and state to reopen, maintain social distancing and allow no more than 10  people  including staff,  among other requirements. The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a  required  risk assessment.   
    • The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program,  your loved one, their  guardian and SSA.  This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation.  

 

  • Employee Testing: In addition to testing new employees, employees experiencing symptoms and employees with direct and indirect exposures, frontline employees have also requested ongoing testing options. Our COVID-19 Task Force has taken this request seriously, developing a plan that is as comprehensive as possible while taking into account the availability of tests and laboratory capabilities.  
    • We have identified nearly 70 staff members for monthly testing beginning in mid-July. These staff members were identified based on two factors:  
      • Number of people supported by LADD that the staff member has direct contact with. 
      • Health status/risk factors of the people the staff member supports.  
  1.  
    • The testing will be conducted by LADD’s registered nurse in a drive-thru capacity. We will utilize antibody tests as our first layer of testing. While there are limits to antibody testing, it offers additional information and a layer of testing that we have not had access to previously.  Antibody tests will not be used as the sole basis to diagnose a COVID-19 infection, but if certain antibodies test positive, we will move forward with a swab test. While we will inform our entire community of a positive case, identities will remain confidential.  
    • This, as you know, continues to be a fluid situation and we will continue working to receive additional resources and testing capacity.  

 

  • LADD Live Well: Our new virtual wellness program in collaboration with Special Olympics Hamilton County will now take place from 4-5 p.m. on Fridays only.  
    • Zoom link: https://laddinc.zoom.us/j/97017274880 
    • There is a waiting room and the host will need to let you in. Please contact LADD staff at development@laddinc.org to advise if you have any technical issues. 

 

  • Mitigating Indirect Exposures: As the state and nation continue to reopen, we expect to see more “indirect exposure” situations among many Ohioans, including our frontline employees. Indirect exposure in this case means a DSP was in contact with someone who came into contact with someone else who was confirmed with COVID-19.  
    • Out of an abundance of caution, we will take the following steps if a LADD DSP reports to us an indirect exposure:  
      • We will remove the employee from the schedule. If they do not have PTO, we will work with them to continue to be paid.    
      • We will require COVID-19 testing or a quarantine for 14 days (unless the person with direct exposure that is in contact with the employee received a negative test).  
      • We will conduct an additional deep cleaning of the residence. 
      • We will not add the employee back to the schedule until 14 days pass with no symptoms; they receive a negative test result; or the person with the direct exposure that had contact with the employee receives a negative test.
    •  
    • In a case where a DSP reports symptoms or a direct exposure to someone confirmed with COVID-19: 
    •  
      • We will remove them from the schedule.  
      • We will require them to be tested. 
      • We will notify the families of individuals who work with that DSP.
      • We will not add them back to the schedule until they receive a negative result. 
      • We will conduct an additional deep cleaning of the residence. 
    •  
    • These procedures are subject to change as the situation around COVID-19 and state and local guidance remains fluid. We will notify you of any changes. 
    • All families and staff members will be informed of a positive case. 

 

  • Geier and Find-A-Way Guidance: Geier and Find-A-Way Apartments are subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and therefore operate under different federal guidelines than do our other programs. Currently, we are encouraging family to not enter residences and instead visit outdoors while practicing social distancing and wearing masks. If anyone does enter the building, such as another provider, they are required to wear a mask, sign-in and wash their hands upon entering the lobby.  
    • We are encouraging small groups of residents to meet outside with social distancing and mask wearing. We are also supporting a new gardening area and outdoor movies on the lawn where people can maintain social distance. 
    • We are encouraging any residents returning to FAW/Geier to be tested before returning. If a returning resident does not receive a test, we will: 
    • Ask them to self-quarantine for seven days 
    • Check on their temperature and symptoms each day 
    • Strongly encourage them to stay away from others until cleared 
    • We continue to uphold these safety policies: 
  •  
      • Only one person in the elevator (except when support is needed) 
      • Only two people in the laundry room at any time 
      • Community room is closed to public
      • No congregating in the lobby
      • Performing well-check calls daily with all FAW and Geier residents
      • Robust cleaning schedule still in effect 
    •  

 

  • LADD’s Phased Reopening: We are currently in Phase 2 of our reopening with outdoor socially distanced family visits, new transportation protocols and outdoor outings. Find more information in the Phased Reopening Plan. 
    • Family visits require: 
      • An outdoor setting  
      • All individuals maintaining 6 feet social distancing 
      • All individuals wearing masks while visiting
      • Scheduling ahead of time  
    • Safe outdoor outings: We are requiring outings facilitated by staff to meet the following criteria: 
      • Outdoors: Must be outside; no  outings to indoor facilities  unless essential, such as a doctor’s  appointment.  
      • Social distancing: Must maintain  6 feet from others.  
      • Reservations: If it is not a park, but some other  organized  outdoor activity, such as the zoo or a  restaurant with outdoor seating,  the location must require reservations. This helps ensure these  locations are not overcrowded and social distancing can be maintained.  
      • No long lines/crowds: Even if  the  activity  is outside and requires reservations,  but  features  long lines  or is crowded in general  (such as  amusement parks  or fairs),  these settings  increase the  risk of virus  exposure and must be avoided.  
      • Masks:  Masks  must  still be worn unless physically impossible or a threat to someone’s health and  safety.  

 

  • Hospital guidance: We are aware of a few cases where DSPs and families have been denied entry to support people with disabilities if they are admitted to a hospital. Rules and regulations vary between hospitals and even floors of the same hospital. As such, we have developed a protocol in which we involve the county to work with the hospital if a LADD DSP encounters a denial of entry. DODD’s guidance for hospitals is available here and has also been distributed to LADD staff.  

 

  • Community Connections (CCP) safely reopening: LADD’s day programs have begun reopening with guidance from Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services. Requirements include reduced group sizes, preferably people living together, risk assessments and approval from any guardian (CCP staff coordinate the paperwork), and vehicle cleaning and seating protocols. Groups, if they go somewhere, will be outside, practice social distancing with the general public and wear masks. CCP is also offering a virtual day program option. 

 

  • Envision Therapy: We are aware Envision Therapy Assistants are beginning to schedule home visits with interested clients. We have not yet finalized a protocol for anyone at LADD to receive home therapy visits and will continue with teletherapy until we have a protocol in place.  

 

  • Resident Testing: We continue to work tirelessly to expand our access to testing. The Cincinnati Health Department has assured us their support and access to tests should we experience any cases in congregate living settings. The state recently tested employees and individuals served at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ eight developmental centers. LADD is working hard to move up on the state’s list of priority testing.  

 

  • Testing for residents returning to LADD: We are asking that anyone who receives residential services from LADD and is currently living with family members but wishes to return to their LADD residence to undergo testing. Procedure to obtain testing prior to returning: 
    • Family to contact PCP for person who receives LADD services and request testing before returning to a group living setting for people with developmental disabilities.  
    • Submit negative test result to LADD Program Staff. 
    • If unable to obtain testingwork with LADD Program Staff on alternative testing options. 

 

  • MasksWe have provided each frontline employee three cloth masks and two masks to each person supported by LADDWe continue to monitor all sanitization supplies and replenish them as needed.  

 

  • Your loved one returning to work: Your loved one may soon return to work as many businesses begin reopening. Supported Employment will include the employee, the employee’s family and the employer in the discussion of returning to work, safety requirements at work and additional coaching needs related to safety protocolsPlease contact Laura Grimes at lgrimes@laddinc.org with any questions. 

 

  • Prevention measures: We continue to require temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work; rigorous handwashing throughout the day; mask wearing while at work; social distancing when possible; disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day; using foggers to disinfect vehicles before outings; and requiring employees to stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick.  

Please email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org and visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates. 

 

Sincerely,  

Susan Brownknight 

CEO, LADD  

To our LADD families and loved ones,  
 
We have a third confirmed COVID-19 positive case. Of the three confirmed cases that are positive, two employees are fully recovered (per my email last week, the 2nd confirmed positive employee had delayed reporting due to lab error).
 
The staff recently confirmed positive, like the previous two staff, had no exposure to the people we support and very limited exposure to other staff. Those exposed in a limited way also had no contact with the people we support. Staff exposed are being tested and currently report no symptoms.
 
LADD continues its commitment to operate with full transparency through this crisis and we remain vigilant in protecting your loved ones by requiring stringent health and safety measures. Read more about those measures and past updates here.
 
We remain deeply grateful for the courage and compassion that is on full display during these trying times.
 
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by emailing staysafe@laddinc.org
 
Sincerely,
Susan Brownknight
CEO, LADD

To LADD families and loved ones,    

Currently,  there are no confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 at LADD. We informed you on Tuesday of a previous positive case that went  unreported  until this week, due to a lab error.  Thus far, LADD has had two confirmed cases of COVID-19, both staff and both fully recovered. Many staff are also currently receiving monthly antibody testing and, as needed and in coordination with the Cincinnati Health Department, swab tests.

Now, perhaps more than ever as cases continue to climb, we must keep our guard up. Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, recently said that if all of us would wear a mask for the next four to six weeks, “we could drive this epidemic to the ground.” Gov. DeWine has followed that advice with a statewide mask order as well as a travel advisory.  

Here at LADD, we continue with our safe, outdoor outings and family visits, but are reminding you, our staff and your loved ones that masks and social distancing measures are critical to these efforts. Thank you for your courage and commitment as we work together to emerge stronger and more resilient.  

What’s new in this report (scroll down for detail):  Ohio’s Mask Mandate; Ohio’s Travel Advisory; pop-up testing site locations for the week of July 26th. 

Ohio Mask Order  

statewide mask mandate is now in effect for citizens living in all 88 Ohio counties.  

Masks continue to be required for all frontline staff while at work.  

Per the order,  masks must be worn in the following public spaces: 

  • Indoors, in spaces that are not residences.  
  • Outdoors, but unable to maintain six-foot social distance from people who are not household members. 
  • Waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, such as a taxi, a car service, or a private car used for ride-sharing. 

The order only requires those 10 years old or older to wear a mask. Additional exclusions include:  

  • Those with a medical condition or a disability or those communicating with someone with a disability; 
  • Those who are actively exercising or playing sports; 
  • Those who are officiants at religious services; 
  • Those who are actively involved in public safety; or 
  • Those who are actively eating or drinking. 

While those with a disability are excluded from this order, we are encouraging people supported by LADD to wear their mask.   

Ohio Travel Advisory

Governor DeWine announced Wednesday a  travel advisory  for all individuals coming into Ohio from states reporting positive COVID-19 testing rates of 15 percent or higher.  Those traveling from one of the following states should self-quarantine for 14 days at home or in a hotel. 

  • Alabama 
  • Arizona 
  • Florida 
  • Georgia 
  • Idaho 
  • Mississippi 
  • Nevada 
  • South Carolina 
  • Texas 

The self-quarantine recommendation applies to those who live in Ohio and to people who are traveling into Ohio from any of these states. We are asking managers to assess a case-by-case basis the steps that may be needed, including quarantine or testing, to ensure a safe return to work if an employee travels  

The Ohio Department of Health is providing the following pop-up testing sites this weekend. More information is available here  

July 25 
Corinthian Baptist Church 
1920 Tennessee Ave 
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

July 26 
Corinthian Baptist Church 
1920 Tennessee Ave 
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

 

Additional Updates as of July 24, 2020: 

  • Updated Day Program Guidance: The Department of Developmental Disabilities has released updated guidance on facility-based day programs. The department is no longer requiring separate entrances/exits and bathrooms for different groups but is strongly recommending it. Other mandatory practices and best practices can be found hereThe program  must  still be certified by the county and state to reopen, maintain social distancing and allow no more than 10  people  including staff,  among other requirements. The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a  required  risk assessment.   
    • The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program,  your loved one, their  guardian and SSA.  This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation.  

 

  • Celebrating Disability Pride at the Drive-In: Celebrating Disability Pride and 30 years of the ADA, the OTR International Film Festival is showing The Peanut Butter Falcon at the Hollywood Drive-In on July 25. The screening is part of the Hollywood Drive-In’s Film Festival Weekend. Get tickets and learn more here.  
    • Tickets are $20 per car and spots are limited! We have shared this with LADD staff to share with the people they support. 
    • If people supported by LADD attend with staff, our transportation and mask policies must be followed. The Hollywood Drive-In is following CDC guidelines, including helpers wearing masks, cars parked six feet apart and a touchless check-in. 

 

  • Employee Testing: In addition to testing new employees, employees experiencing symptoms and employees with direct and indirect exposures, frontline employees have also requested ongoing testing options. Our COVID-19 Task Force has taken this request seriously, developing a plan that is as comprehensive as possible while taking into account the availability of tests and laboratory capabilities.  
    • We have identified nearly 70 staff members for monthly testing beginning in mid-July. These staff members were identified based on two factors:  
      • Number of people supported by LADD that the staff member has direct contact with. 
      • Health status/risk factors of the people the staff member supports.  
  1.  
    • The testing will be conducted by LADD’s registered nurse in a drive-thru capacity. We will utilize antibody tests as our first layer of testing. While there are limits to antibody testing, it offers additional information and a layer of testing that we have not had access to previously.  Antibody tests will not be used as the sole basis to diagnose a COVID-19 infection, but if certain antibodies test positive, we will move forward with a swab test. While we will inform our entire community of a positive case, identities will remain confidential.  
    • This, as you know, continues to be a fluid situation and we will continue working to receive additional resources and testing capacity.  

 

  • LADD Live Well: Our new virtual wellness program in collaboration with Special Olympics Hamilton County will now take place from 4-5 p.m. on Fridays only.  
    • Zoom link: https://laddinc.zoom.us/j/97017274880 
    • There is a waiting room and the host will need to let you in. Please contact LADD staff at development@laddinc.org to advise if you have any technical issues. 

 

  • Mitigating Indirect Exposures: As the state and nation continue to reopen, we expect to see more “indirect exposure” situations among many Ohioans, including our frontline employees. Indirect exposure in this case means a DSP was in contact with someone who came into contact with someone else who was confirmed with COVID-19.  
    • Out of an abundance of caution, we will take the following steps if a LADD DSP reports to us an indirect exposure:  
      • We will remove the employee from the schedule. If they do not have PTO, we will work with them to continue to be paid.    
      • We will require COVID-19 testing or a quarantine for 14 days (unless the person with direct exposure that is in contact with the employee received a negative test).  
      • We will conduct an additional deep cleaning of the residence. 
      • We will not add the employee back to the schedule until 14 days pass with no symptoms; they receive a negative test result; or the person with the direct exposure that had contact with the employee receives a negative test.
    •  
    • In a case where a DSP reports symptoms or a direct exposure to someone confirmed with COVID-19: 
    •  
      • We will remove them from the schedule.  
      • We will require them to be tested. 
      • We will notify the families of individuals who work with that DSP.
      • We will not add them back to the schedule until they receive a negative result. 
      • We will conduct an additional deep cleaning of the residence. 
    •  
    • These procedures are subject to change as the situation around COVID-19 and state and local guidance remains fluid. We will notify you of any changes. 
    • All families and staff members will be informed of a positive case. 

 

  • Geier and Find-A-Way Guidance: Geier and Find-A-Way Apartments are subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and therefore operate under different federal guidelines than do our other programs. Currently, we are encouraging family to not enter residences and instead visit outdoors while practicing social distancing and wearing masks. If anyone does enter the building, such as another provider, they are required to wear a mask, sign-in and wash their hands upon entering the lobby.  
    • We are encouraging small groups of residents to meet outside with social distancing and mask wearing. We are also supporting a new gardening area and outdoor movies on the lawn where people can maintain social distance. 
    • We are encouraging any residents returning to FAW/Geier to be tested before returning. If a returning resident does not receive a test, we will: 
    • Ask them to self-quarantine for seven days 
    • Check on their temperature and symptoms each day 
    • Strongly encourage them to stay away from others until cleared 
    • We continue to uphold these safety policies: 
  •  
      • Only one person in the elevator (except when support is needed) 
      • Only two people in the laundry room at any time 
      • Community room is closed to public
      • No congregating in the lobby
      • Performing well-check calls daily with all FAW and Geier residents
      • Robust cleaning schedule still in effect 
    •  

 

  • LADD’s Phased Reopening: We are currently in Phase 2 of our reopening with outdoor socially distanced family visits, new transportation protocols and outdoor outings. Find more information in the Phased Reopening Plan. 
    • Family visits require: 
      • An outdoor setting  
      • All individuals maintaining 6 feet social distancing 
      • All individuals wearing masks while visiting
      • Scheduling ahead of time  
    • Safe outdoor outings: We are requiring outings facilitated by staff to meet the following criteria: 
      • Outdoors: Must be outside; no  outings to indoor facilities  unless essential, such as a doctor’s  appointment.  
      • Social distancing: Must maintain  6 feet from others.  
      • Reservations: If it is not a park, but some other  organized  outdoor activity, such as the zoo or a  restaurant with outdoor seating,  the location must require reservations. This helps ensure these  locations are not overcrowded and social distancing can be maintained.  
      • No long lines/crowds: Even if  the  activity  is outside and requires reservations,  but  features  long lines  or is crowded in general  (such as  amusement parks  or fairs),  these settings  increase the  risk of virus  exposure and must be avoided.  
      • Masks:  Masks  must  still be worn unless physically impossible or a threat to someone’s health and  safety.  

 

  • Hospital guidance: We are aware of a few cases where DSPs and families have been denied entry to support people with disabilities if they are admitted to a hospital. Rules and regulations vary between hospitals and even floors of the same hospital. As such, we have developed a protocol in which we involve the county to work with the hospital if a LADD DSP encounters a denial of entry. DODD’s guidance for hospitals is available here and has also been distributed to LADD staff.  

 

  • Community Connections (CCP) safely reopening: LADD’s day programs have begun reopening with guidance from Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services. Requirements include reduced group sizes, preferably people living together, risk assessments and approval from any guardian (CCP staff coordinate the paperwork), and vehicle cleaning and seating protocols. Groups, if they go somewhere, will be outside, practice social distancing with the general public and wear masks. CCP is also offering a virtual day program option. 

 

  • Envision Therapy: We are aware Envision Therapy Assistants are beginning to schedule home visits with interested clients. We have not yet finalized a protocol for anyone at LADD to receive home therapy visits and will continue with teletherapy until we have a protocol in place.  

 

  • Resident Testing: We continue to work tirelessly to expand our access to testing. The Cincinnati Health Department has assured us their support and access to tests should we experience any cases in congregate living settings. The state recently tested employees and individuals served at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ eight developmental centers. LADD is working hard to move up on the state’s list of priority testing.  

 

  • Testing for residents returning to LADD: We are asking that anyone who receives residential services from LADD and is currently living with family members but wishes to return to their LADD residence to undergo testing. Procedure to obtain testing prior to returning: 
    • Family to contact PCP for person who receives LADD services and request testing before returning to a group living setting for people with developmental disabilities.  
    • Submit negative test result to LADD Program Staff. 
    • If unable to obtain testingwork with LADD Program Staff on alternative testing options. 

 

  • MasksWe have provided each frontline employee three cloth masks and two masks to each person supported by LADDWe continue to monitor all sanitization supplies and replenish them as needed.  

 

  • Your loved one returning to work: Your loved one may soon return to work as many businesses begin reopening. Supported Employment will include the employee, the employee’s family and the employer in the discussion of returning to work, safety requirements at work and additional coaching needs related to safety protocolsPlease contact Laura Grimes at lgrimes@laddinc.org with any questions. 

 

  • Prevention measures: We continue to require temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work; rigorous handwashing throughout the day; mask wearing while at work; social distancing when possible; disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day; using foggers to disinfect vehicles before outings; and requiring employees to stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick.  

Please email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org and visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates. 

 

Sincerely,  

Susan Brownknight 

CEO, LADD  

To our LADD families and loved ones,  
 
Currently there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases at LADD. However, we want to inform you of a previous positive case that went unreported until today, due to a lab error. The DSP is currently fully recovered and did not work any shifts while positive. No one else has tested positive as a result of this lab error.
 
We will no longer use this medical center for COVID-19 testing. 
 
LADD continues its commitment to operate with full transparency through this crisis and we remain vigilant in protecting your loved ones by requiring stringent health and safety measures. Read more about those measures and past updates here.
 
We remain deeply grateful for the courage and compassion that is on full display during these trying times.
 
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by emailing staysafe@laddinc.org
 
Sincerely,
Susan Brownknight
CEO, LADD

To LADD families and loved ones,  

Currently, there are no confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 at LADD. We are pleased to announce the employee who tested positive a few weeks ago has fully recovered.  

However, the situation in Hamilton County remains dangerous. We are currently at a Level 3/Red designationof the state’s COVID-19 alert system. Gov. DeWine and local officials are pleading with us to follow the mask mandate and practice social distancing, noting that we are at a critical point in the pandemic. The choices we make today will impact the spread of the virus in the coming weeks.

“We must act and we must act now. My friends, this is not a drill. This certainly is not a hoax. This is not a dress rehearsal. It’s the real thing. The enemy is here — and Ohioans have simply come too far in this fight to cede ground now,” DeWine said Wednesday evening.

At LADD, we have remained ahead of the curve and continue to implement the following for everyone’s protection:

  • Mask mandate for all employees while at work since early April.
  • Masks for anyone we support who enjoys outdoor outings.
  • Emergency response team to assist with cleaning and PPE/staff support if any site is potentially exposed.
  • Disinfecting mandate for vehicles—including LADD’s fogging machines.
  • Testing: including monthly antibody testing for 67 frontline staff and, if needed, subsequent swab testing; swab testing for all new staff; and swab testing for anyone exhibiting symptoms or who report a direct exposure.
  • Temperature and symptom checks by all LADD staff before reporting to work and when at work.
  • Regular disinfecting and handwashing.
  • Social distancing between staff and people supported if in different households.
  • Only outdoor outings and visits.
  • Extremely limited staff crossover of sites.
  • Free mental health services for frontline employees to manage the stress.

As we monitor the surge and await any additional guidance from Gov. DeWine, the Ohio Department of Health or local officials, we continue to be proactive in protecting your loved ones and our staff. Thank you for uniting with us to accomplish this goal. 

After today, you will no longer receive robocalls or text alerts for weekly updates. Instead, we will utilize these to alert you of a positive COVID-19 case with someone we support or a frontline employee, or during an emergency situation. You will continue to receive a weekly COVID-19 update via email. The updates are also included on our website.

Hamilton County Face Mask Mandate

Masks are currently required in Hamilton County public spaces until the county is downgraded from the Red category/Level 3 of the Public Health Advisory Alert System. We will keep you updated on any changes. A new health order also indefinitely extended the state’s mass-gathering ban and social-distancing rules for a wide range of businesses. We have informed all LADD employees of the mandate and have asked them to work with the people they support to explain the requirement and ensure they are wearing their mask in public spaces, unless their physician has advised against it.

Masks continue to be required for all frontline staff while at work.

Per the order, masks must be worn in the following public spaces:

  • Indoors, in spaces that are not residences. 
  • Outdoors, where maintaining 6 feet distance from others is challenging.
  • While waiting for, driving, riding public transportation and rideshare services.

This order does not apply to children under the age of 10, or if a physician advises against it. 

Below are some resources we have shared with staff that may be helpful in explaining the mask requirement:

Wearing Masks: Teaching People with Developmental Disabilities to Tolerate a Temporary New Normal

Social story for visual learners

 

Additional Updates as of July 17, 2020: 

 

  • As of Friday, July 17, the state of Ohio is reporting 72,280 total cases of COVID-19, with 7,586 confirmed cases in Hamilton County.
    •  
  • Updated Day Program Guidance: The Department of Developmental Disabilities has released updated guidance on facility-based day programs. The department is no long requiring separate entrances/exits and bathrooms for different groups but is strongly recommending it. Other mandatory practices and best practices can be found here. The program must still be certified by the county and state to reopen, maintain social distancing and allow no more than 10 people including staff, among other requirements. The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a required risk assessment.  
    • The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program, your loved one, their guardian and SSA. This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation. 
  • Celebrating Disability Pride at the Drive-In: Celebrating Disability Pride and 30 years of the ADA, the OTR International Film Festival is showing The Peanut Butter Falcon at the Hollywood Drive-In on July 25. The screening is part of the Hollywood Drive-In’s Film Festival Weekend. Get tickets and learn more here.
    • Tickets are $20 per car and spots are limited! We have shared this with LADD staff to share with the people they support.
    • If people supported by LADD attend with staff, our transportation and mask policies must be followed. The Hollywood Drive-In is following CDC guidelines, including helpers wearing masks, cars parked six feet apart and a touchless check-in.
  • Employee Testing: In addition to testing new employees, employees experiencing symptoms and employees with direct and indirect exposures, frontline employees have also requested ongoing testing options. Our COVID-19 Task Force has taken this request seriously, developing a plan that is as comprehensive as possible while taking into account the availability of tests and laboratory capabilities.  
    • We have identified nearly 70 staff members for monthly testing beginning in mid-July. These staff members were identified based on two factors: 
      • Number of people supported by LADD that the staff member has direct contact with. 
      • Health status/risk factors of the people the staff member supports.  
    • The testing will be conducted by LADD’s registered nurse in a drive-thru capacity. We will utilize antibody tests with Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA as our first layer of testing. If results from that test show certain antibodies as positive, the next step will be a swab test. While we will inform our entire community of a positive case, identities will remain confidential.  
    • This, as you know, continues to be a fluid situation and we will continue working to receive additional resources and testing capacity.  
  • LADD Live Well: A new virtual program in collaboration with Special Olympics Hamilton County will take place on Mondays and Fridays 4-5 p.m. on Zoom. The program will feature different partners and collaborators across our community promoting wellness and hosting different activities and discussions. Monday, June 29, will be a brainstorming session for future events. 
    • Zoom link: https://laddinc.zoom.us/j/97017274880  
    • There is a waiting room and the host will need to let you in. Please contact LADD staff at development@laddinc.org to advise if you have any technical issues. 
  • Mitigating Indirect Exposures: As the state and nation continue to reopen, we expect to see more “indirect exposure” situations among many Ohioans, including our frontline employees. Indirect exposure in this case means a DSP was in contact with someone who came into contact with someone else who was confirmed with COVID-19.  
    • Out of an abundance of caution, we will take the following steps if a LADD DSP reports to us an indirect exposure:  
      • We will remove the employee from the schedule. If they do not have PTO, we will work with them to continue to be paid.    
      • We will require COVID-19 testing or a quarantine for 14 days (unless the person with direct exposure that is in contact with the employee received a negative test).  
      • We will conduct an additional deep cleaning of the residence. 
      • We will not add the employee back to the schedule until 14 days pass with no symptoms; they receive a negative test result; or the person with the direct exposure that had contact with the employee receives a negative test.  
    • In a case where a DSP reports symptoms or a direct exposure to someone confirmed with COVID-19: 
      • We will remove them from the schedule.  
      • We will require them to be tested. 
      • We will notify the families of individuals who work with that DSP. 
      • We will not add them back to the schedule until they receive a negative result.  
      • We will conduct an additional deep cleaning of the residence. 
    • These procedures are subject to change as the situation around COVID-19 and state and local guidance remains fluid. We will notify you of any changes. 
    • All families and staff members will be informed of a positive case. 
  • Geier and Find-A-Way Guidance: Geier and Find-A-Way Apartments are subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and therefore operate under different federal guidelines than do our other programs. Currently, we are encouraging family to not enter residences and instead visit outdoors while practicing social distancing and wearing masks. If anyone does enter the building, such as another provider, they are required to wear a mask, sign-in and wash their hands upon entering the lobby.  
    • We are encouraging small groups of residents to meet outside with social distancing and mask wearing. We are also supporting a new gardening area and outdoor movies on the lawn where people can maintain social distance. 
    • We are encouraging any residents returning to FAW/Geier to be tested before returning. If a returning resident does not receive a test, we will: 
      • Ask them to self-quarantine for seven days 
      • Check on their temperature and symptoms each day 
      • Strongly encourage them to stay away from others until cleared 
    • We continue to uphold these safety policies: 
      • Only one person in the elevator (except when support is needed) 
      • Only two people in the laundry room at any time 
      • Community room is closed to public  
    • No congregating in the lobby  
    • Performing well-check calls daily with all FAW and Geier residents 
    • Robust cleaning schedule still in effect  
  • LADD’s Phased Reopening: We are currently in Phase 2 of our reopening with outdoor socially distanced family visits, new transportation protocols and outdoor outings. Find more information in the Phased Reopening Plan. 
    • Family visits require: 
      • An outdoor setting  
      • All individuals maintaining 6 feet social distancing 
      • All individuals wearing masks while visiting 
      • Scheduling ahead of time  
    • Safe outdoor outings: We are requiring outings facilitated by staff to meet the following criteria: 
      • Outdoors: Must be outside; no  outings to indoor facilities  unless essential, such as a doctor’s appointment.   
      • Social distancing: Must maintain  6 feet from others.  
      • Reservations: If it is not a park, but some other  organized  outdoor activity, such as the zoo or a  restaurant with outdoor seating,  the location must require reservations. This helps ensure these  locations are not overcrowded and social distancing can be maintained.   
      • No long lines/crowds: Even if  the  activity  is outside and requires reservations,  but  features  long lines  or is crowded in general  (such as amusement parks or fairs),  these settings  increase the  risk of virus  exposure and must be avoided.  
      • Masks:  Masks  must  still be worn unless physically impossible or a threat to someone’s health and safety.  
  • Hospital guidance: We are aware of a few cases where DSPs and families have been denied entry to support people with disabilities if they are admitted to a hospital. Rules and regulations vary between hospitals and even floors of the same hospital. As such, we have developed a protocol in which we involve the county to work with the hospital if a LADD DSP encounters a denial of entry. DODD’s guidance for hospitals is available here and has also been distributed to LADD staff.  
  • Community Connections (CCP) safely reopening: LADD’s day programs have begun reopening with guidance from Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services. Requirements include reduced group sizes, preferably people living together, risk assessments and approval from any guardian (CCP staff coordinate the paperwork), and vehicle cleaning and seating protocols. Groups, if they go somewhere, will be outside, practice social distancing with the general public and wear masks. CCP is also offering a virtual day program option. 
  • Envision Therapy: We are aware Envision Therapy Assistants are beginning to schedule home visits with interested clients. We have not yet finalized a protocol for anyone at LADD to receive home therapy visits and will continue with teletherapy until we have a protocol in place.  
  • Resident Testing: We continue to work tirelessly to expand our access to testing. The Cincinnati Health Department has assured us their support and access to tests should we experience any cases in congregate living settings. The state recently tested employees and individuals served at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ eight developmental centers. LADD is working hard to move up on the state’s list of priority testing.   
  • Testing for residents returning to LADD: We are asking that anyone who receives residential services from LADD and is currently living with family members but wishes to return to their LADD residence to undergo testing. Procedure to obtain testing prior to returning: 
    • Family to contact PCP for person who receives LADD services and request testing before returning to a group living setting for people with developmental disabilities.  
      • Submit negative test result to LADD Program Staff. 
      • If unable to obtain testingwork with LADD Program Staff on alternative testing options. 
  • MasksAll staff should now have three cloth masks and each person supported by LADD should have twoWe continue to monitor all sanitization supplies and replenish them as needed.  
  • Your loved one returning to work: Your loved one may soon return to work as many businesses begin reopening. Supported Employment will include the employee, the employee’s family and the employer in the discussion of returning to work, safety requirements at work and additional coaching needs related to safety protocolsPlease contact Laura Grimes at lgrimes@laddinc.org with any questions. 
  •  
  • Prevention measures: We continue to require temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work; rigorous handwashing throughout the day; mask wearing while at work; social distancing when possible; disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day; using foggers to disinfect vehicles before outings; and requiring employees to stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick.  

Please email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org and visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates.  

Sincerely,  

Susan Brownknight 

CEO, LADD 

To LADD families and loved ones,    
 
Currently, there is one confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at LADD. As a reminder, the administrative employee had no contact with people supported by LADD. 
 
We are approaching four months of fighting COVID-19 and still making adjustments to accommodate our “new normal” for the coming months.   
 
YOU ARE CRITICAL TO THIS EFFORT. Thank you for the visits; please continue them as long as you feel you are not a risk. Please let your staff know, as the weather heats up (and eventually cools down), what we can do or provide to make your outdoor visits more comfortable and relaxing. Or, email staysafe@laddinc.org to let us know how we can improve visits and of any safe outdoor outing ideas!
 
One day, this will all be in the rearview mirror. Until then, and especially as cases continue to surge in Hamilton County and across the U.S., we must remain united in protecting your loved ones from this virus. I am grateful to every member of the LADD community for embracing safety measures in the midst of so much stress and uncertainty. A story on Cincinnati Public Radio this week featuring our very own Matt Chaffin and Ashley Neal highlights that commitment and courage. I hope you’ll take a few moments to listen or read the story online here
 
I know, together, we will meet this moment and stand strong in empowering adults with developmental disabilities. 
 
After July 24, you will no longer receive robocalls or text alerts for weekly updates. Instead, we will utilize these to alert you of a positive COVID-19 case with someone we support or a frontline employee, or during an emergency situation. You will continue to receive a weekly COVID-19 update via email. The updates are also included on LADD’s website
 
Hamilton County Face Mask Mandate 
 
Ohio Gov. Mike  DeWine has announcedmasks must be worn in public spaces in Hamilton County starting at 6 p.m. on July 8. This order will remain in effect until Hamilton County is downgraded from the  Red” category of the Public Health Advisory Alert System.  A new health order also indefinitely extended the state’s mass-gathering ban and social-distancing rules for a wide range of businesses. We have informed all LADD employees of the mandate and have asked them to work with the people they support to explain the requirement and ensure they are wearing their  mask  in public spaces, unless their physician has advised against it. 
 
In addition to Hamilton  County, the order also applies to:  
  • Cuyahoga County 
  • Trumbull County 
  • Huron County 
  • Franklin County 
  • Montgomery County 
  • Butler County 
 
Masks continue to be required for all frontline staff while at work.  
 
Per the order,  masks must be worn in the following public spaces: 
  • Indoors, in spaces that are not residences.  
  • Outdoors, where maintaining six feet distance from others is challenging. 
  • While waiting for, driving, riding public transportation and rideshare services. 
 
This order does not apply to children under the age of 10, or if a physician advises against it.  
 
Below are some resources we have shared with staff that may be helpful in explaining the mask requirement:  
 
 
 

Additional Updates as of July 10, 2020: 

 

  • As of Friday, July 10, the state of Ohio is reporting 62,856 total cases of COVID-19, with 6,563 confirmed cases in Hamilton County. 

 

  • Employee Testing: In addition to testing new employees, employees experiencing symptoms and employees with direct and indirect exposures, frontline employees have also requested ongoing testing options. Our COVID-19 Task Force has taken this request seriously, developing a plan that is as comprehensive as possible while taking into account the availability of tests and laboratory capabilities.  
    • We have identified nearly 70 staff members for monthly testing beginning in mid-July. These staff members were identified based on two factors: 
      • Number of people supported by LADD that the staff member has direct contact with. 
      • Health status/risk factors of the people the staff member supports.  
    • The testing will be conducted by LADD’s registered nurse in a drive-thru capacity. We will utilize antibody tests with Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA as our first layer of testing. If results from that test show certain antibodies as positive, the next step will be a swab test. While we will inform our entire community of a positive case, identities will remain confidential.  
    • This, as you know, continues to be a fluid situation and we will continue working to receive additional resources and testing capacity.  

 

  • LADD Live Well: A new virtual program in collaboration with Special Olympics Hamilton County will take place on Mondays and Fridays 4-5 p.m. on Zoom. The program will feature different partners and collaborators across our community promoting wellness and hosting different activities and discussions. Monday, June 29, will be a brainstorming session for future events. 
    • Zoom link: https://laddinc.zoom.us/j/97017274880  
    • There is a waiting room and the host will need to let you in. Please contact LADD staff at development@laddinc.org to advise if you have any technical issues. 

 

  • Mitigating Indirect Exposures: As the state and nation continue to reopen, we expect to see more “indirect exposure” situations among many Ohioans, including our frontline employees. Indirect exposure in this case means a DSP was in contact with someone who came into contact with someone else who was confirmed with COVID-19.  
    • Out of an abundance of caution, we will take the following steps if a LADD DSP reports to us an indirect exposure:  
      • We will remove the employee from the schedule. If they do not have PTO, we will work with them to continue to be paid.    
      • We will require COVID-19 testing or a quarantine for 14 days (unless the person with direct exposure that is in contact with the employee received a negative test).  
      • We will conduct an additional deep cleaning of the residence. 
      • We will not add the employee back to the schedule until 14 days pass with no symptoms; they receive a negative test result; or the person with the direct exposure that had contact with the employee receives a negative test.  
    • In a case where a DSP reports symptoms or a direct exposure to someone confirmed with COVID-19: 
      • We will remove them from the schedule.  
      • We will require them to be tested. 
      • We will notify the families of individuals who work with that DSP. 
      • We will not add them back to the schedule until they receive a negative result.  
      • We will conduct an additional deep cleaning of the residence. 
    • These procedures are subject to change as the situation around COVID-19 and state and local guidance remains fluid. We will notify you of any changes. 
    • All families and staff members will be informed of a positive case. 

 

  • Geier and Find-A-Way Guidance: Geier and Find-A-Way Apartments are subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and therefore operate under different federal guidelines than do our other programs. Currently, we are encouraging family to not enter residences and instead visit outdoors while practicing social distancing and wearing masks. If anyone does enter the building, such as another provider, they are required to wear a mask, sign-in and wash their hands upon entering the lobby.  
    • We are encouraging small groups of residents to meet outside with social distancing and mask wearing. We are also supporting a new gardening area and outdoor movies on the lawn where people can maintain social distance. 
    • We are encouraging any residents returning to FAW/Geier to be tested before returning. If a returning resident does not receive a test, we will: 
      • Ask them to self-quarantine for seven days 
      • Check on their temperature and symptoms each day 
      • Strongly encourage them to stay away from others until cleared 
    • We continue to uphold these safety policies: 
      • Only one person in the elevator (except when support is needed) 
      • Only two people in the laundry room at any time 
      • Community room is closed to public  
    • No congregating in the lobby  
    • Performing well-check calls daily with all FAW and Geier residents 
    • Robust cleaning schedule still in effect 

 

  • LADD’s Phased Reopening: We are currently in Phase 2 of our reopening with outdoor socially distanced family visits, new transportation protocols and outdoor outings. Find more information in the Phased Reopening Plan. 
    • Family visits require: 
      • An outdoor setting  
      • All individuals maintaining 6 feet social distancing 
      • All individuals wearing masks while visiting 
      • Scheduling ahead of time  
    • Safe outdoor outings: We are requiring outings facilitated by staff to meet the following criteria: 
      • Outdoors: Must be outside; no  outings to indoor facilities  unless essential, such as a doctor’s appointment.   
      • Social distancing: Must maintain  6 feet from others.  
      • Reservations: If it is not a park, but some other  organized  outdoor activity, such as the zoo or a  restaurant with outdoor seating,  the location must require reservations. This helps ensure these  locations are not overcrowded and social distancing can be maintained.   
      • No long lines/crowds: Even if  the  activity  is outside and requires reservations,  but  features  long lines  or is crowded in general  (such as amusement parks or fairs),  these settings  increase the  risk of virus  exposure and must be avoided.  
      • Masks:  Masks  must  still be worn unless physically impossible or a threat to someone’s health and safety.  

 

  • Hospital guidance: We are aware of a few cases where DSPs and families have been denied entry to support people with disabilities if they are admitted to a hospital. Rules and regulations vary between hospitals and even floors of the same hospital. As such, we have developed a protocol in which we involve the county to work with the hospital if a LADD DSP encounters a denial of entry. DODD’s guidance for hospitals is available here and has also been distributed to LADD staff.  

 

  • Community Connections (CCP) safely reopening: LADD’s day programs have begun reopening with guidance from Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services. Requirements include reduced group sizes, preferably people living together, risk assessments and approval from any guardian (CCP staff coordinate the paperwork), and vehicle cleaning and seating protocols. Groups, if they go somewhere, will be outside, practice social distancing with the general public and wear masks. CCP is also offering a virtual day program option. 

 

  • Envision Therapy: We are aware Envision Therapy Assistants are beginning to schedule home visits with interested clients. We have not yet finalized a protocol for anyone at LADD to receive home therapy visits and will continue with teletherapy until we have a protocol in place.  

 

  • Resident Testing: We continue to work tirelessly to expand our access to testing. The Cincinnati Health Department has assured us their support and access to tests should we experience any cases in congregate living settings. The state recently tested employees and individuals served at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ eight developmental centers. LADD is working hard to move up on the state’s list of priority testing.  

 

  • Testing for residents returning to LADD: We are asking that anyone who receives residential services from LADD and is currently living with family members but wishes to return to their LADD residence to undergo testing. Procedure to obtain testing prior to returning: 
    • Family to contact PCP for person who receives LADD services and request testing before returning to a group living setting for people with developmental disabilities.  
      • Submit negative test result to LADD Program Staff. 
      • If unable to obtain testingwork with LADD Program Staff on alternative testing options. 

 

  • MasksAll staff should now have three cloth masks and each person supported by LADD should have twoWe continue to monitor all sanitization supplies and replenish them as needed.  

 

  • Your loved one returning to work: Your loved one may soon return to work as many businesses begin reopening. Supported Employment will include the employee, the employee’s family and the employer in the discussion of returning to work, safety requirements at work and additional coaching needs related to safety protocolsPlease contact Laura Grimes at lgrimes@laddinc.org with any questions. 

 

  • Day Programs: The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has issued additional guidance on day programs. The program must be certified by the county and state to reopen, maintain social distancing and allow no more than 10 people including staff, among other requirements. The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a required risk assessment 
    • The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program, your loved one, their guardian and SSA. This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation. 

 

  • Prevention measures: We continue to require temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work; rigorous handwashing throughout the day; mask wearing while at work; social distancing when possible; disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day; using foggers to disinfect vehicles before outings; and requiring employees to stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick.  

 

Please email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org and visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates. 

 

 

Sincerely,  

Susan Brownknight 

CEO, LADD 

To LADD families and loved ones,    

Currently, there is one positive case of COVID-19 at LADD. We are working with the administrative employee – who had no contact with people supported by LADD – to ensure they are supported through this time and join everyone in wishing them a quick recovery.   

Administrative employees who had close contact with the individual have tested negative for COVID-19. Following those results and multiple cleanings, the main office building reopened this week to a select few employees allowed to work in the building.  

As scary as these situations are, they demonstrate how important our protocols are and how the individual actions we each take make a difference. The diligence and teamwork exhibited by every member of the LADD community, including family members, is nothing short of incredible – it is why we have prevented an outbreak thus far. We’re reminding everyone this holiday weekend: if you’re out, wear a mask. It’s a simple solution to help protect yourself, family, friends and everyone at LADD. Thank you for continuing to work with us, especially as cases in Hamilton County continue rising, to ensure the health and safety of your loved ones.  

I hope you have a safe and healthy Fourth of July weekend. 

Hamilton County’s Rise in Cases and Health Orders Extended  

As Hamilton County is currently experiencing a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, including positive cases across the developmental disability community, health orders, including a 10-person limit on gatherings, have been extended through July 7. Find more information here. Gov. DeWine also announced Thursday that Hamilton County is in Level 3, meaning very high exposure and spread, of the new Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert System. Guidance for Level 3 calls for limiting activities as much as possible and following all current health orders.  

We are reminding our DSPs to remain vigilant in their personal and professional lives by:  

  • Utilizing telehealth when possible 
  • Avoiding close contact with anyone who is sick 
  • Staying home if the employee or a member of their household is sick 
  • Taking their temperature before work 
  • Continuing a rigorous cleaning schedule and disinfecting commonly touched objects 
  • Staying six feet away from others and wearing a mask  
  • Monitoring for symptoms or changes in behavior of individuals they support 

 Following the Governor’s recommendation, we have also asked LADD staff living in three zip codes – 45231, 45240, 45238 – to be tested. Staff living in these zip codes who have been tested thus far have reported negative tests. Read the Governor’s full update here 

Additional Updates as of July 2, 2020: 

 

  • As of Thursday, July, 2, the state of Ohio is reporting 52,865 total cases of COVID-19, with 5,224 confirmed cases in Hamilton County. 

 

  • Employee Testing: In addition to testing new employees, employees experiencing symptoms and employees with direct and indirect exposures, frontline employees have also requested ongoing testing options. Our COVID-19 Task Force has taken this request seriously, developing a plan that is as comprehensive as possible while taking into account the availability of tests and laboratory capabilities.  
    • We have identified nearly 70 staff members for monthly testing beginning in mid-July. These staff members were identified based on two factors:  
      • Number of people supported by LADD that the staff member has direct contact with. 
      • Health status/risk factors of the people the staff member supports.  
    • The testing will be conducted by LADD’s registered nurse in a drive-thru capacity. We will utilize FDA-approved antibody tests as our first layer of testing. If results from that test show certain antibodies as positive, the next step will be a swab test. While we will inform our entire community of a positive case, identities will remain confidential.  
    • This, as you know, continues to be a fluid situation and we will continue working to receive additional resources and testing capacity.  

 

  • LADD Live Well: A new virtual program in collaboration with Special Olympics Hamilton County will take place on Mondays and Fridays (excluding Friday, July 3) 4-5 p.m. on Zoom. The program will feature different partners and collaborators across our community promoting wellness and hosting different activities and discussions. Monday, June 29, will be a brainstorming session for future events. 
    • Zoom link: https://laddinc.zoom.us/j/97017274880  
    • There is a waiting room and the host will need to let you in. Please contact LADD staff at development@laddinc.org to advise if you have any technical issues. 

 

  • Mitigating Indirect Exposures: As the state and nation continue to reopen, we expect to see more “indirect exposure” situations among many Ohioans, including our frontline employees. Indirect exposure in this case means a DSP was in contact with someone who came into contact with someone else who was confirmed with COVID-19.  
    • Out of an abundance of caution, we will take the following steps if a LADD DSP reports to us an indirect exposure:  
      • We will remove the employee from the schedule. If they do not have PTO, we will work with them to continue to be paid.    
      • We will require COVID-19 testing or a quarantine for 14 days (unless the person with direct exposure that is in contact with the employee received a negative test).  
      • We will conduct an additional deep cleaning of the residence. 
      • We will not add the employee back to the schedule until 14 days pass with no symptoms; they receive a negative test result; or the person with the direct exposure that had contact with the employee receives a negative test.  
    • In a case where a DSP reports symptoms or a direct exposure to someone confirmed with COVID-19: 
      • We will remove them from the schedule.  
      • We will require them to be tested. 
      • We will notify the families of individuals who work with that DSP. 
      • We will not add them back to the schedule until they receive a negative result.  
      • We will conduct an additional deep cleaning of the residence. 
    • These procedures are subject to change as the situation around COVID-19 and state and local guidance remains fluid. We will notify you of any changes. 
    • All families and staff members will be informed of a positive case. 

 

  • Geier and Find-A-Way Guidance: Geier and Find-A-Way Apartments are subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and therefore operate under different federal guidelines than do our other programs. Currently, we are encouraging family to not enter residences and instead visit outdoors while practicing social distancing and wearing masks. If anyone does enter the building, such as another provider, they are required to wear a mask, sign-in and wash their hands upon entering the lobby.  
    • We are encouraging small groups of residents to meet outside with social distancing and mask wearing. We are also supporting a new gardening area and outdoor movies on the lawn where people can maintain social distance. 
    • We are encouraging any residents returning to FAW/Geier to be tested before returning. If a returning resident does not receive a test, we will: 
      • Ask them to self-quarantine for seven days 
      • Check on their temperature and symptoms each day 
      • Strongly encourage them to stay away from others until cleared 
    • We continue to uphold these safety policies: 
      • Only one person in the elevator (except when support is needed) 
      • Only two people in the laundry room at any time 
      • Community room is closed to public  
    • No congregating in the lobby  
    • Performing well-check calls daily with all FAW and Geier residents 
    • Robust cleaning schedule still in effect 

 

  • LADD’s Phased Reopening: We are currently in Phase 2 of our reopening with outdoor socially distanced family visits, new transportation protocols and outdoor outings. Find more information in the Phased Reopening Plan. 
    • Family visits require: 
      • An outdoor setting  
      • All individuals maintaining 6 feet social distancing 
      • All individuals wearing masks while visiting 
      • Scheduling ahead of time  
    • Safe outdoor outings: We are requiring outings facilitated by staff to meet the following criteria: 
      • Outdoors: Must be outside; no  outings to indoor facilities  unless essential, such as a doctor’s appointment.   
      • Social distancing: Must maintain  6 feet from others.  
      • Reservations: If it is not a park, but some other  organized  outdoor activity, such as the zoo or a  restaurant with outdoor seating,  the location must require reservations. This helps ensure these  locations are not overcrowded and social distancing can be maintained.   
      • No long lines/crowds: Even if  the  activity  is outside and requires reservations,  but  features  long lines  or is crowded in general  (such as amusement parks or fairs),  these settings  increase the  risk of virus  exposure and must be avoided.  
      • Masks:  Masks  must  still be worn unless physically impossible or a threat to someone’s health and safety.  

 

  • Hospital guidance: We are aware of a few cases where DSPs and families have been denied entry to support people with disabilities if they are admitted to a hospital. Rules and regulations vary between hospitals and even floors of the same hospital. As such, we have developed a protocol in which we involve the county to work with the hospital if a LADD DSP encounters a denial of entry. DODD’s guidance for hospitals is available here and has also been distributed to LADD staff.  

 

  • Community Connections (CCP) safely reopening: LADD’s day programs have begun reopening with guidance from Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services. Requirements include reduced group sizes, preferably people living together, risk assessments and approval from any guardian (CCP staff coordinate the paperwork), and vehicle cleaning and seating protocols. Groups, if they go somewhere, will be outside, practice social distancing with the general public and wear masks. CCP is also offering a virtual day program option. 

 

  • Envision Therapy: We are aware Envision Therapy Assistants are beginning to schedule home visits with interested clients. We have not yet finalized a protocol for anyone at LADD to receive home therapy visits and will continue with teletherapy until we have a protocol in place.  

 

  • Resident Testing: We continue to work tirelessly to expand our access to testing. The Cincinnati Health Department has assured us their support and access to tests should we experience any cases in congregate living settings. The state recently tested employees and individuals served at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ eight developmental centers. LADD is working hard to move up on the state’s list of priority testing.  

 

  • Testing for residents returning to LADD: We are asking that anyone who receives residential services from LADD and is currently living with family members but wishes to return to their LADD residence to undergo testing. Procedure to obtain testing prior to returning: 
    • Family to contact PCP for person who receives LADD services and request testing before returning to a group living setting for people with developmental disabilities.  
      • Submit negative test result to LADD Program Staff. 
      • If unable to obtain testingwork with LADD Program Staff on alternative testing options. 

 

  • MasksAll staff should now have three cloth masks and each person supported by LADD should have twoWe continue to monitor all sanitization supplies and replenish them as needed.  

 

  • Your loved one returning to work: Your loved one may soon return to work as many businesses begin reopening. Supported Employment will include the employee, the employee’s family and the employer in the discussion of returning to work, safety requirements at work and additional coaching needs related to safety protocolsPlease contact Laura Grimes at lgrimes@laddinc.org with any questions. 

 

  • Day Programs: The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has issued additional guidance on day programs. The program must be certified by the county and state to reopen, maintain social distancing and allow no more than 10 people including staff, among other requirements. The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a required risk assessment 
    • The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program, your loved one, their guardian and SSA. This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation. 

 

  • Prevention measures: We continue to require temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work; rigorous handwashing throughout the day; mask wearing while at work; social distancing when possible; disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day; using foggers to disinfect vehicles before outings; and requiring employees to stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick.  

 

Please email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org and visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates. 

 

 

Sincerely,  

Susan Brownknight 

CEO, LADD  

To LADD families and loved ones,    
 
As I shared with you on Monday, June 22, there is currently one positive case of COVID-19 at LADD. An employee who works in our main office and does not have contact with anyone we support tested positive.  
 
We are  working  hard to ensure this employee, who is currently quarantining,  is supported  and exposure is limited to  all  others.  The main office building was closed this week and has been fogged multiple times. The few staff members in close contact with the individual are undergoing testing and working from home. CDC return-to-work guidelines must be met before the individual returns to the office. LADD  continues to require  stringent  health and safety measures, many of which were implemented in early March, while balancing the needs of our community members to interact safely. 
 
You may be aware of Hamilton County’s rise in cases; we are monitoring this closely and are asking our staff and your family members to stay vigilant so that Cincinnati and LADD can continue moving forward safely. This is also a reminder of how important our visiting guidance is: when you visit a loved one, please ensure you are without any symptoms, wearing your mask, staying six feet away and washing your hands beforehand. Our individual actions, together, make all the difference. With your commitment and patience, I am confident we will continue protecting our community.  
 
Ongoing Employee Testing
 
LADD is doing everything possible to ensure our staff have what they need to safely do their job and your loved ones remain protected against this virus. In addition to testing new employees, employees experiencing symptoms and employees with direct and indirect exposures, frontline employees have also requested ongoing testing options. Our COVID-19 Task Force has taken this request seriously, developing a plan that is as comprehensive as possible while taking into account the availability of tests and laboratory capabilities.  
 
We have identified nearly 70 staff members for monthly testing beginning in mid-July. These staff members were identified based on two factors:  
  1. Number of people supported by LADD that the staff member has direct contact with. 
  2. Health status/risk factors of the people the staff member supports.  
 
The testing will be conducted by LADD’s registered nurse in a drive-thru capacity. We will utilize antibody tests as our first layer of testing. If results from that test show certain antibodies as positive, the next step will be a swab test. While we will inform our entire community of a positive case, identities will remain confidential.  
 
This, as you know, continues to be a fluid situation and we will continue working to receive additional resources and testing capacity. Our testing protocol for employees with symptoms, direct exposures and indirect exposures remain the same. 
 
Hamilton County’s Rise in Cases
 
As Hamilton County is currently experiencing a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, including positive cases across the developmental disability community, we are reminding our DSPs to remain vigilant in their personal and professional lives by:  
  • Utilizing telehealth when possible 
  • Avoiding close contact with anyone who is sick 
  • Staying home if the employee or a member of their household is sick 
  • Taking their temperature before work 
  • Continuing a rigorous cleaning schedule and disinfecting commonly touched objects 
  • Staying six feet away from others and wearing a mask  
  • Monitoring for symptoms or changes in behavior of individuals they support 
 
Following the Governor’s recommendation, we have also asked LADD staff living in three zip codes – 45231, 45240, 45238 – to be tested. Staff living in these zip codes who have been tested thus far have reported negative tests. Read the Governor’s full update here.  
 
Additional Updates as of June 26, 2020:
 
  • As of Friday, June 26, there are currently 48,638 total cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, with 4,491 confirmed cases in Hamilton County. 
 
  • LADD Live Well: A new virtual program in collaboration with Special Olympics Hamilton County will take place on Mondays and Fridays 4-5 p.m. on Zoom. The program will feature different partners and collaborators across our community promoting wellness and hosting different activities and discussions. Monday, June 29, will be a brainstorming session for future events.
 
  • Mitigating Indirect Exposures: As the state and nation continue to reopen, we expect to see more “indirect exposure” situations among many Ohioans, including our frontline employees. Indirect exposure in this case means a DSP was in contact with someone who came into contact with someone else who was confirmed with COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, we will take the following steps if a LADD DSP reports to us an indirect exposure:
    • We will remove the employee from the schedule. If they do not have PTO, we will work with them to continue to be paid.    
    • We will require COVID-19 testing or a quarantine for 14 days (unless the person with direct exposure that is in contact with the employee received a negative test).  
    • We will conduct an additional deep cleaning of the residence. 
    • We will not add the employee back to the schedule until 14 days pass with no symptoms; they receive a negative test result; or the person with the direct exposure that had contact with the employee receives a negative test.  
 
    • In a case where a DSP reports symptoms or a direct exposure to someone confirmed with COVID-19:
      • We will remove them from the schedule.  
    • We will require them to be tested. 
    • We will notify the families of individuals who work with that DSP. 
    • We will not add them back to the schedule until they receive a negative result.  
    • We will conduct an additional deep cleaning of the residence. 
    • These procedures are subject to change as the situation around COVID-19 and state and local guidance remains fluid. We will notify you of any changes. All families and staff members will be informed of a positive case. 
 
  • Geier and Find-A-Way Guidance: Geier and Find-A-Way Apartments are subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and therefore operate under different federal guidelines than do our other programs. Currently, we are encouraging family to not enter residences and instead visit outdoors while practicing social distancing and wearing masks. If anyone does enter the building, such as another provider, they are required to wear a mask, sign-in and wash their hands upon entering the lobby.
    • We are encouraging small groups of residents to meet outside with social distancing and mask wearing. We are also supporting a new gardening area and outdoor movies on the lawn where people can maintain social distance. 
    • We are encouraging any residents returning to FAW/Geier to be tested before returning. If a returning resident does not receive a test, we will:
      • Ask them to self-quarantine for seven days 
      • Check on their temperature and symptoms each day 
      • Strongly encourage them to stay away from others until cleared 
    • We continue to uphold these safety policies:
      • Only one person in the elevator (except when support is needed) 
      • Only two people in the laundry room at any time 
      • Community room is closed to public
        • Will revisit on June 30 
      • No congregating in the lobby  
      • Performing well-check calls daily with all FAW and Geier residents 
      • Robust cleaning schedule still in effect 
 
  • LADD’s Phased Reopening: We are currently in Phase 2 of our reopening with outdoor socially distanced family visits, new transportation protocols and outdoor outings. Find more information in the Phased Reopening Plan.
    • Family visits require:
      • An outdoor setting  
      • All individuals maintaining 6 feet social distancing 
      • All individuals wearing masks while visiting
      • Scheduling ahead of time  
    • Safe outdoor outings: We are requiring outings facilitated by staff to meet the following criteria:
      • Outdoors: Must be outside; no  outings to indoor facilities  unless essential, such as a doctor’s  appointment.  
      • Social distancing: Must maintain  6 feet from others.  
      • Reservations: If it is not a park, but some other  organized  outdoor activity, such as the zoo or a  restaurant with outdoor seating,  the location must require reservations. This helps ensure these  locations are not overcrowded and social distancing can be maintained.  
      • No long lines/crowds: Even if  the  activity  is outside and requires reservations,  but  features  long lines  or is crowded in general  (such as  amusement parks  or fairs),  these settings  increase the  risk of virus  exposure and must be avoided.  
      • Masks:  Masks  must  still be worn unless physically impossible or a threat to someone’s health and  safety.  
 
  • Responsible Restart Ohio: Fairs and animal exhibitions are now permitted to reopen if those facilities are able to follow required safety protocols. However, settings with long lines or crowds are not permitted for safe outdoor outings facilitated by LADD staff. The Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory also strongly recommends that citizens, especially those who are high-risk, stay at home as much as possible. Mass gathering restrictions remain at a 10-person limit. 
 
  • Metro: Metro will resume full-service effective Sunday, June 28, with COVID-19 preventative measures for customer and operator safety. Find more information here.  
 
  • Hospital guidance: We are aware of a few cases where DSPs and families have been denied entry to support people with disabilities if they are admitted to a hospital. Rules and regulations vary between hospitals and even floors of the same hospital. As such, we have developed a protocol in which we involve the county to work with the hospital if a LADD DSP encounters a denial of entry. DODD’s guidance for hospitals is available here and has also been distributed to LADD staff.  
 
  • Community Connections (CCP) safely reopening: LADD’s day programs have begun reopening with guidance from Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services. Requirements include reduced group sizes, preferably people living together, risk assessments and approval from any guardian (CCP staff coordinate the paperwork), and vehicle cleaning and seating protocols. Groups, if they go somewhere, will be outside, practice social distancing with the general public and wear masks. CCP is also offering a virtual day program option. 
 
  • Envision Therapy: We are aware Envision Therapy Assistants are beginning to schedule home visits with interested clients. We have not yet finalized a protocol for anyone at LADD to receive home therapy visits and will continue with teletherapy until we have a protocol in place.  
 
  • Employee Testing: COVID-19 testing is required for employees showing symptoms, those who have a known exposure and new hires before they enter on site. LADD is currently working on a plan for ongoing testing of other high-priority staff.  
 
  • Resident Testing: We continue to work tirelessly to expand our access to testing. The Cincinnati Health Department has assured us their support and access to tests should we experience any cases in congregate living settings. The state recently tested employees and individuals served at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ eight developmental centers. LADD is working hard to move up on the state’s list of priority testing.  
 
  • Testing for residents returning to LADD: We are asking that anyone who receives residential services from LADD and is currently living with family members but wishes to return to their LADD residence to undergo testing. Procedure to obtain testing prior to returning:
    • Family to contact PCP for person who receives LADD services and request testing before returning to a group living setting for people with developmental disabilities.  
    • Submit negative test result to LADD Program Staff. 
    • If unable to obtain testing, work with LADD Program Staff on alternative testing options. 
 
  • Masks: All staff should now have three cloth masks and each person supported by LADD should have two. We continue to monitor all sanitization supplies and replenish them as needed.  
 
  • Your loved one returning to work: Your loved one may soon return to work as many businesses begin reopening. Supported Employment will include the employee, the employee’s family and the employer in the discussion of returning to work, safety requirements at work and additional coaching needs related to safety protocols. Please contact Laura Grimes at lgrimes@laddinc.org with any questions. 
 
  • Day Programs: The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has issued additional guidance on day programs. The program must be certified by the county and state to reopen, maintain social distancing and allow no more than 10 people including staff, among other requirements. The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a required risk assessment.
    • The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program, your loved one, their guardian and SSA. This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation. 
 
  • Prevention measures: We continue to require temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work; rigorous handwashing throughout the day; mask wearing while at work; social distancing when possible; disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day; using foggers to disinfect vehicles before outings; and requiring employees to stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick.  
 
Please email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org and visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates. 
 
 
Sincerely,  
Susan Brownknight  
CEO, LADD

To our LADD families and loved ones,

An employee who works in our main office and does not have contact with anyone we support has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee is in quarantine and the office building has been sanitized using disinfect foggers. The building is closed until further notice to undergo additional fogging by LADD’s COVID-19 Task Force.

We have instructed the few employees who had close contact with this person — who also do not have contact with anyone we support — to be tested.

LADD continues to require stringent health and safety measures, many of which were implemented in early March. Read more about those measures and past updates here.

We are working tirelessly to ensure this employee is supported and exposure is limited to all others. The health, safety and well-being of our entire LADD community continues to be our first priority.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by emailing staysafe@laddinc.org.

Sincerely,
Susan Brownknight
CEO, LADD

To LADD families and loved ones,   
 
Currently there are no confirmed or presumed positive cases of COVID-19 at LADD.  
 
That is reason to celebrate but also take stock of what has brought us this far and where we are going. We also celebrate Juneteenth today, commemorating the abolition of slavery and taking time to reflect on our nation’s painful history and the work we have left to ensure LADD lives our values, in particular, “There is strength in a culture and community that welcomes diversity.”  
 
LADD’s Board of Directors and leadership are committed to ensuring that our Board and our employees accurately reflect the diversity of the community in which we live, at every level. More information will be forthcoming on the work we have done the past three years and the work we continue to do to make this a reality. We have transformed in unbelievable ways over the past three months to respond to COVID-19 and now we must finish the work we have begun to transform into a more inclusive and equitable organization. 
  
At the same time, we continue with Phase 2 of our reopening, which we expect to last for some time. We are also sharing several new and important updates below. Thank you for taking the time to review this important information. Please email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org.
 
Mitigating Indirect COVID-19 Exposures
 
As the state and nation continue to reopen, we expect to see more “indirect exposure” situations among many Ohioans, including our frontline employees. We want to keep you informed of the measures we will take to mitigate any potential exposure and share with you our family communication protocol. 
 
Indirect exposure in this case means a DSP was in contact with someone who came into contact with someone else who was confirmed with COVID-19. 
 
Out of an abundance of caution, we will take the following steps if a LADD DSP reports to us an indirect exposure: 
 
  • We will remove the employee from the schedule. If they do not have PTO, we will work with them to continue to be paid.   
  • We will require COVID-19 testing or a quarantine for 14 days (unless the person with direct exposure that is in contact with the employee received a negative test). 
  • We will conduct an additional deep cleaning of the residence.
  • We will not add the employee back to the schedule until:
  • 14 days pass with no symptoms; or 
  • They receive a negative test result; or 
  • The person with the direct exposure that had contact with the employee receives a negative test.  
  • Given the potential frequency of this situation, we will contact families if the DSP tests positive, shows symptoms or an indirect exposure evolves into a direct exposure.
 
In a case where a DSP reports symptoms or a direct exposure to someone confirmed with COVID-19:
 
  • We will remove them from the schedule. 
  • We will require them to be tested.
  • We will notify the families of individuals who work with that DSP.
  • We will not add them back to the schedule until they receive a negative result. 
  • We will conduct an additional deep cleaning of the residence.
 
These procedures are subject to change as the situation around COVID-19 and state and local guidance remains fluid. We will notify you of any changes. 
 
Remember, if we have a confirmed or presumed positive case, all staff and families will be informed.
 
Testing for Zip Codes 45231, 45240 and 45238
 
According to Gov. DeWine, COVID-19 cases are on the rise in several counties in Southwest Ohio. He is asking residents in these three Hamilton County zip codes to be tested: 
  • 45231
  • 45240
  • 45238
 
Following the Governor’s recommendation, we are asking LADD staff living in these three zip codes to be tested in the next several days and providing information on free options currently available. Read the Governor’s full update here
 
Geier and Find-A-Way Guidance
 
Geier and Find-A-Way Apartments are subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and therefore operate under different federal guidelines than our other programs. Currently, we are encouraging family to not enter residences and instead visit outdoors while practicing social distancing and wearing masks. If anyone does enter the building, such as another provider, they are required to wear a mask, sign-in and wash their hands upon entering the lobby. 
 
We previously asked residents to stay in their apartments as much as possible, but we are now encouraging small groups of residents to meet outside with social distancing and mask wearing. We are also supporting a new gardening area and outdoor movies on the lawn where people can maintain social distance. 
 
We are encouraging any residents returning to FAW/Geier to be tested before returning. If a returning resident does not receive a test, we will:
Ask them to self-quarantine for seven days
Check on their temperature and symptoms each day
Strongly encourage them to stay away from others until cleared
 
We continue to uphold these safety policies:
  • Only one person in the elevator (except when support is needed)
  • Only two people in the laundry room at any time
  • Community room is closed to public
  • Will revisit on June 30
  • No congregating in the lobby 
  • Performing well-check calls daily with all FAW and Geier residents
  • Robust cleaning schedule still in effect
 
By following this guidance, we will be ensuring the safety and wellbeing of everyone at FAW/Geier. The LADD and Showe team are dedicated to their protection and we ask that you do the same. By not following these steps, the entire community could be endangered. Should COVID-19 enter the building, we would be at the mercy of the health authorities, which may also include a directed building lockdown, impacting everyone at FAW/Geier.
 
Additional Updates as of June 19, 2020:
 
  • As of Friday, June 19, there are currently 43,731 total cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, with 3,634 confirmed cases in Hamilton County.
 
  • LADD’s Phased Reopening: We are currently in Phase 2 of our reopening with outdoor socially distanced family visits, new transportation protocols and outdoor outings. Find more information in the Phased Reopening Plan.
    • Family visits require:
      • An outdoor setting 
      • All individuals maintaining 6 feet social distancing
      • All individuals wearing masks while visiting
      • Scheduling ahead of time 
    • Safe outdoor outings: We are requiring outings facilitated by staff to meet the following criteria:
      • Outdoors: Must be outside; no outings to indoor facilities unless essential, such as a doctor’s appointment.  
      • Social distancing: Must maintain 6 feet from others.
      • Reservations: If it is not a park, but some other organized outdoor activity, such as the zoo or a restaurant with outdoor seating, the location must require reservations. This helps ensure these locations are not overcrowded and social distancing can be maintained.  
      • No long lines/crowds: Even if the activity is outside and requires reservations, but features long lines or is crowded in general (such as amusement parks or fairs), these settings increase the risk of virus exposure and must be avoided. 
      • Masks: Masks must still be worn unless physically impossible or a threat to someone’s health and safety. 
 
  • Responsible Restart Ohio: Fairs and animal exhibitions are now permitted to reopen if those facilities are able to follow required safety protocols. However, settings with long lines or crowds are not permitted for safe outdoor outings facilitated by LADD staff. The Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory also strongly recommends that citizens, especially those who are high-risk, stay at home as much as possible. Mass gathering restrictions remain at a 10-person limit.
 
  • Metro: Metro will resume full-service effective Sunday, June 28, with COVID-19 preventative measures for customer and operator safety. Find more information here
 
  • Hospital guidance: We are aware of a few cases where DSPs and families have been denied entry to support people with disabilities if they are admitted to a hospital. Rules and regulations vary between hospitals and even floors of the same hospital. As such, we have developed a protocol in which we involve the county to work with the hospital if a LADD DSP encounters a denial of entry. DODD’s guidance for hospitals is available here and has also been distributed to LADD staff. 
 
  • Community Connections (CCP) safely reopening: LADD’s day programs have begun reopening with guidance from Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services. Requirements include reduced group sizes, preferably people living together, risk assessments and approval from any guardian (CCP staff coordinate the paperwork), and vehicle cleaning and seating protocols. Groups, if they go somewhere, will be outside, practice social distancing with the general public and wear masks. CCP is also offering a virtual day program option.
 
  • Envision Therapy: We are aware Envision Therapy Assistants are beginning to schedule home visits with interested clients. We have not yet finalized a protocol for anyone at LADD to receive home therapy visits and will continue with teletherapy until we have a protocol in place. 
 
  • Employee Testing: COVID-19 testing is required for employees showing symptoms, those who have a known exposure and new hires before they enter on site. LADD is currently working on a plan for ongoing testing of other high-priority staff.
 
  • Resident Testing: We continue to work tirelessly to expand our access to testing. The Cincinnati Health Department has assured us their support and access to tests should we experience any cases in congregate living settings. The state recently tested employees and individuals served at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ eight developmental centers. LADD is working hard to move up on the state’s list of priority testing. 
 
  • Testing for residents returning to LADD: We are asking that anyone who receives residential services from LADD and is currently living with family members but wishes to return to their LADD residence to undergo testing. Procedure to obtain testing prior to returning:
    • Family to contact PCP for person who receives LADD services and request testing before returning to a group living setting for people with developmental disabilities. 
    • Submit negative test result to LADD Program Staff.
    • If unable to obtain testing, work with LADD Program Staff on alternative testing options.
 
  • Masks: All staff should now have three cloth masks and each person supported by LADD should have two. We continue to monitor all sanitization supplies and replenish them as needed. 
 
  • Your loved one returning to work: Your loved one may soon return to work as many businesses begin reopening. Supported Employment will include the employee, the employee’s family and the employer in the discussion of returning to work, safety requirements at work and additional coaching needs related to safety protocols. Please contact Laura Grimes at lgrimes@laddinc.org with any questions.
 
  • Day Programs: The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has issued additional guidance on day programs. The program must be certified by the county and state to reopen, maintain social distancing and allow no more than 10 people including staff, among other requirements. The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a required risk assessment.
    • The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program, your loved one, their guardian and SSA. This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation.
 
  • Prevention measures: We continue to require temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work; rigorous handwashing throughout the day; mask wearing while at work; social distancing when possible; disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day; using foggers to disinfect vehicles before outings; and requiring employees to stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick. 
 
Please email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org and visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates.
 
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight 
CEO, LADD 
To LADD families and loved ones,    
 
Currently there are no confirmed or presumed positive cases of COVID-19 at LADD.   
 
We have persevered through another week in an unprecedented global pandemic. In fact, it has been more than 90 days since we began our COVID-19 prevention measures; more than 90 days without a confirmed positive case. That is an incredible feat accomplished because of the vigilance demonstrated by you, your loved ones and our employees. As Ohio continues to reopen and we continue with Phase 2 of our reopening, we remain committed to ensuring a safe and healthy environment while balancing the needs of individuals to reengage with the community. 
 
We know these past few months have been incredibly hard for you and your loved ones. We are working to provide as much relief and connection as possible in the midst of this public health crisis. We hope outdoor outings, backyard movies and family visits now taking place in Phase 2 are doing just that. If you have any questions or concerns regarding these opportunities, please email staysafe@laddinc.org. We are also working to become a more inclusive and equitable organization as our nation faces a reckoning on racial injustice. Read more about the steps we are taking here
 
Together, we will ensure your loved one will emerge from this pandemic healthy, safe and ready once again to take on the world!   
 
Updates as of June 12, 2020:
 
  • As of Friday, June 12, there are currently 40,424 total cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, with 3,078 confirmed cases in Hamilton County. 
 
  • LADD’s Phased Reopening: Phase 2 began Wednesday, June 3, with outdoor socially distanced family visits, new transportation protocols and outdoor outings. Find more information in the Phased Reopening Plan
    • Family visits require: 
      • An outdoor setting  
      • All individuals maintaining 6 feet social distancing 
      • All individuals wearing masks while visiting 
      • Scheduling ahead of time  
    • Safe outdoor outings: We are requiring outings facilitated by staff to meet the following criteria: 
      • Outdoors: Must be outside; no outings to indoor facilities unless essential, such as a doctor’s appointment. 
      • Social distancing: Must maintain 6 feet from others. 
      • Reservations: If it is not a park, but some other organized outdoor activity, such as the zoo or a restaurant with outdoor seating, the location must require reservations. This helps ensure these locations are not overcrowded and social distancing can be maintained. 
      • No long lines/crowds: Even if the activity is outside and requires reservations, but features long lines or is crowded in general (such as amusement parks or fairs), these settings increase the risk of virus exposure and must be avoided. 
      • Masks: Masks must still be worn unless physically impossible or a threat to someone’s health and safety. 
 
  • Hospital Guidance: We are aware of a few cases where DSPs and families have been denied entry to support people with disabilities if they are admitted to a hospital. Rules and regulations vary between hospitals and even floors of the same hospital. As such, we have developed a protocol in which we involve the county to work with the hospital if a LADD DSP encounters a denial of entry. DODD’s guidance for hospitals is available here and has also been distributed to LADD staff.  
 
  • LADD Satisfaction Survey: We are conducting our annual survey to better understand your experience with LADD. The survey should just take a few minutes but your answers are invaluable to us. Each response helps us improve services, communication and more. You may take the online survey here.   
 
  • Virtual Events: We are aware some have had trouble accessing our virtual events due to new security restrictions put in place. Please email any issues accessing the events to staysafe@laddinc.org. Access to the events remain our priority, followed by ensuring a safe space for those we support. View the full calendar of virtual events at laddinc.org/calendar
 
  • Community Connections (CCP) safely reopening: LADD’s day programs have begun reopening with guidance from Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services. Requirements include reduced group sizes, preferably people living together, risk assessments and approval from any guardian (CCP staff coordinate the paperwork), and vehicle cleaning and seating protocols. Groups, if they go somewhere, will be outside, practice social distancing with the general public and wear masks. CCP is also offering a virtual day program option. 
 
  • Envision Therapy: We are aware Envision Therapy Assistants are beginning to schedule home visits with interested clients. We have not yet finalized a protocol for anyone at LADD to receive home therapy visits and will continue with teletherapy until we have a protocol in place.  
 
  • Outdoor Movies: As part of Phase 2 of LADD’s reopening, we have purchased two outdoor movie projectors for safe social opportunities while maintaining social distancing. We are testing these at Edwards House and Geier Apartments and plan to purchase more soon. Groups must be 10 or less when watching movies. 
 
  • Resident Testing: We continue to work tirelessly to expand our access to testing. The Cincinnati Health Department has assured us their support and access to tests should we experience any cases in congregate living settings. The state recently tested employees and individuals served at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ eight developmental centers. LADD is working hard to move up on the state’s list of priority testing.  
 
    • Testing for residents returning to LADD: We are asking that anyone who receives residential services from LADD and is currently living with family members but wishes to return to their LADD residence to undergo testing. Procedure to obtain testing prior to returning: 
      • Family to contact PCP for person who receives LADD services and request testing before returning to a group living setting for people with developmental disabilities.  
      • Submit negative test result to LADD Program Staff. 
      • If unable to obtain testing, work with LADD Program Staff on alternative testing options. 
 
  • Masks: All staff should now have three cloth masks and each person supported by LADD should have two. We continue to monitor all sanitization supplies and replenish them as needed.  
 
  • Employee Testing: COVID-19 testing is required for employees showing symptoms, those who have a known exposure and new hires before they enter on site. Currently, LADD is advocating at a local, county and state level to make testing available to our staff twice a month.    
 
  • Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory: This health advisory replaces the Stay Safe Ohio order that was issued April 30, which required Ohioans to stay at home with limited exceptions. The new advisory strongly recommends that citizens, especially those who are high-risk, stay at home as much as possible. It does not change the mass gathering restrictions, which remain at a 10-person limit. Find more information here
    • LADD’s safety protocols and requirements of staff – including social distancing, mask wearing, handwashing and sanitization practices while at work– are still in place. We are also encouraging frontline staff to continue wearing masks in public and visiting public spaces only for essential reasons.
 
  • Your loved one returning to work: Your loved one may soon return to work as many businesses begin reopening. Supported Employment will include the employee, the employee’s family and the employer in the discussion of returning to work, safety requirements at work and additional coaching needs related to safety protocols. Please contact Laura Grimes at lgrimes@laddinc.org with any questions. 
 
  • Day Programs: The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has issued additional guidance on day programs. The program must be certified by the county and state to reopen, maintain social distancing and allow no more than 10 people including staff, among other requirements. The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a required risk assessment.  
    • The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program, your loved one, their guardian and SSA. This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation. 
 
  • Prevention Measures: We continue to require temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work; rigorous handwashing throughout the day; mask wearing while at work; social distancing when possible; disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day; using foggers to disinfect vehicles before outings; and requiring employees to stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick.  
 
Please email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org and visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates. 
 
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight 
CEO, LADD
To LADD families and loved ones,    
 
Currently there are no confirmed or presumed positive cases of COVID-19 at LADD.   
 
Because of the collective efforts of everyone at LADD, we took a significant step this week in moving forward with our reopening plan. We entered Phase 2 on Wednesday and already family members have been safely visiting outside with their loved ones, park outings have been scheduled and plans are in place to have outdoor movies for groups of 10 or less. Per Gov. DeWine’s recommendation that vulnerable citizens use excessive caution, we are moving slow to ensure a larger outbreak doesn’t take place as Cincinnati reopens. Nonetheless, any movement forward is exciting progress.   
 
Thank you for all you are doing to make this progress possible.  
 
Updates as of June 5, 2020: 
 
  • As of Friday, June 5, there are currently 37, 785 total cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, with 2,811 confirmed cases in Hamilton County. 
 
  • LADD’s Phased Reopening: Phase 2 began Wednesday, June 3, with outdoor socially distanced family visits, new transportation protocols and outdoor outings. Find more information in the Phased Reopening Plan
    • Family visits require: 
      • An outdoor setting  
      • All individuals maintaining 6 feet social distancing 
      • All individuals wearing masks while visiting 
      • Scheduling ahead of time  
 
  • Virtual Events: We are aware some have had trouble accessing our virtual events due to new security restrictions put in place. We are working to resolve these issues as soon as possible. Please email any issues accessing the events to staysafe@laddinc.org. Access to the events remain our priority, followed by ensuring a safe space for those we support.  
 
  • Community Connections (CCP) safely reopening: LADD’s day programs have begun reopening with guidance from the Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services. Requirements include reduced group sizes, preferably people living together, risk assessments and approval from any guardian (CCP staff coordinate the paperwork), and vehicle cleaning and seating protocols. Groups, if they go somewhere, will be outside, practice social distancing with the general public and wear masks. CCP is also offering a virtual day program option. 
 
  • Envision Therapy: We are aware Envision Therapy Assistants are beginning to schedule home visits with interested clients. We have not yet finalized a protocol for anyone at LADD to receive home therapy visits and will continue with teletherapy until we have a protocol in place.  
 
  • Outdoor Movies: As part of Phase 2 of LADD’s reopening, we have purchased two outdoor movie projectors for safe social opportunities while maintaining social distancing. We are testing these at Edwards House and Geier Apartments and will purchase more if all goes well. Groups must be 10 or less when watching movies. 
 
  • Resident Testing: We continue to work tirelessly to expand our access to testing. The Cincinnati Health Department has assured us their support and access to tests should we experience any cases in congregate living settings. The state announced this week its plan for testing at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ eight developmental centers and nursing homes with confirmed cases. LADD is working hard to move up on the state’s list of priority testing.  
    • Testing for residents returning to LADD: We are asking that anyone who receives residential services from LADD and is currently living with family members but wishes to return to their LADD residence to undergo testing. Procedure to obtain testing prior to returning: 
      • Family to contact PCP for person who receives LADD services and request testing before returning to a group living setting for people with developmental disabilities.  
      • Submit negative test result to LADD Program Staff. 
      • If unable to obtain testing, work with LADD Program Staff on alternative testing options. 
 
  • Masks: All staff should now have three cloth masks and each person supported by LADD should have two. We continue to monitor all sanitization supplies and replenish them as needed.  
 
  • Employee Testing: COVID-19 testing is required for employees showing symptoms, those who have a known exposure and new hires before they enter on site. Currently, LADD is advocating at a local, county and state level to make testing available to our staff twice a month.    
 
  • Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory: This health advisory replaces the Stay Safe Ohio order that was issued April 30, which required Ohioans to stay at home with limited exceptions. The new advisory strongly recommends that citizens, especially those who are high-risk, stay at home as much as possible. It does not change the mass gathering restrictions, which remain at a 10-person limit. 
    • LADD’s safety protocols and requirements of staff – including social distancing, mask wearing, handwashing and sanitization practices while at work– are still in place. We are also encouraging frontline staff to continue wearing masks in public and visiting public spaces only for essential reasons. As Gov. DeWine said, “No other time in our lives will our individual actions play a greater role in saving lives.” 
    • Find more information here
 
  • Your loved one returning to work: Your loved one may soon return to work as many businesses begin reopening. Supported Employment will include the employee, the employee’s family and the employer in the discussion of returning to work, safety requirements at work and additional coaching needs related to safety protocols. Please contact Laura Grimes at lgrimes@laddinc.org with any questions. 
 
  • Day Programs: The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has issued additional guidance on day programs. The program must be certified by the county and state to reopen, maintain social distancing and allow no more than 10 people including staff, among other requirements. The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a required risk assessment. 
    • The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program, your loved one, their guardian and SSA. This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation. 
 
  • Prevention measures: We continue to require temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work; rigorous handwashing throughout the day; mask wearing while at work; social distancing when possible; disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day; fogging vehicles between any trips; and requiring employees to stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick.
 
  
Please email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org and visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates. 
 
 
Sincerely,  
Susan Brownknight  
CEO, LADD  
To LADD families and loved ones,    
 
Currently there are no confirmed or presumed positive cases of COVID-19 at LADD.   
 
While I am grateful to report our community remains healthy at this time, I am also aware of the grim milestone our nation reached this week: 100,000 lives lost from COVID-19. The scope of this loss is hard to grasp as the numbers continue to climb. It is a reminder to us all that the balance we are striking between freedom and safety is precarious and uncertain. We continue working toward this tenuous middle ground and are prepared to adjust as needed.    
 
As we hope for brighter days to come, we are entering a pivotal week in facilitating some sense of normalcy for your loved one. Phase 2 of our reopening begins Wednesday, June 3, with outdoor socially distanced family visits, new transportation protocols and outdoor outings. All of our decisions are based upon recommendations from the CDC or the state of Ohio. Please read more information below. Together, we will continue ensuring the safety, health and wellbeing of your loved one. 
 
Phase 2 of LADD’s Reopening Begins Wednesday, June 3
 
Family visits require: 
  • An outdoor setting* 
  • All individuals maintaining 6 feet social distancing 
  • All individuals wearing masks while visiting 
  • Scheduling ahead of time – contact your program manager 
 
*Visitors will not be permitted inside residences 
 
To ensure multiple visits don’t take place at the same time and social distancing is maintained, families must schedule visits in advance with the program manager before arriving. Prior to a visit, staff will confirm with you that family members will bring masks or we will provide masks. 
 
Transportation: New transportation protocols for staff and individuals supported for safely visiting parks/outdoor settings and/or making essential trips using LADD vans or personal vehicles, following strict safety requirements, are now available. Safety requirements include disinfectant fogging, capacity restrictions, mask wearing and more. Please find details in the updated Phased Reopening Plan, beginning on Page 5. 
 
Phase 2 will also include: 
  • Masks: Staff must continue to wear masks at work and will not cross-over sites. 
  • Remote work: All staff that can operate remotely will remain remote. 
  • Safe recreational and social opportunities: Opportunities that allow for social distancing (e.g. outdoor movies) will be encouraged and can take place with other people that are in walking distance or have pre-approved transportation. Groups must be 10 or less. 
  • Telehealth: Staff continue facilitating telehealth appointments for people we support. If telehealth is not an option, staff may facilitate in-person doctor’s appointment following new transportation protocols. 
  • Travel: If staff go on a cruise or airplane or travel more than 140 miles, they will be required to undergo a COVID-19 test and test negative or utilize PTO and quarantine for 14 days.  
  • CCP: CCP will base its reopening on Ohio’s day program guidance. 
  • Board meetings: Board of Directors continues to meet virtually. 
  • Community rooms: Find-A-Way and Geier Apartments’ community rooms remain closed. 
 
More information on LADD’s Phased Reopening Plan is available here
 
Additional updates as of May 29, 2020:
  • As of Friday, May 29, there are currently 34,566 total cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, with 2,603 confirmed cases in Hamilton County. 
 
  • Securing Virtual Events: An unfortunate event took place on Thursday, May 28, in which individuals not connected to LADD accessed LADD Live and displayed inappropriate content and taunting, known to many as a “Zoom bomb.” We take this very seriously and will work aggressively to identify the individuals who violated our community space and pursue legal action to hold them accountable. The following are steps we have taken or will be taking following this incident:
    • Effective today, we are requiring a password for LADD Live, IRC, Fit For Life and Gardening. The password will be the same for each event. We previously did not require passwords as they can be a barrier to individuals accessing these events independently. Access to our community and maintaining connection remains our priority, so we will try this approach and change if needed. Staff will be working closely with your loved ones to ensure they can access events through new links and passwords.  
    • New links have been created for each event. Past links have been deleted and are no longer accessible. These links will be available on our public calendar, however, the passwords will not be.  
    • Passwords are also now required for any meeting a staff member has with family members or an SSA. 
    • Amy Harpenau was on LADD Live today to check on LADD Live participants following the incident and inform them of the actions we are taking.  
    • A UI will be filed on this incident.  
    • A report will be filed with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. Find more information on the FBI’s involvement and the prevalence of “Zoom bombs” here.  
    • A report has been filed with Zoom. 
 
  • New Zoom information: 
      • Available in your inbox or email staysafe@laddinc.org to receive the new links and passwords.
 
  • Resident Testing: We continue to work tirelessly to expand our access to testing. The Cincinnati Health Department has assured us their support and access to tests should we experience any cases in congregate living settings. The state announced this week its plan for testing at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ eight developmental centers and nursing homes with confirmed cases. LADD is working hard to move up on the state’s list of priority testing.
    • Testing for residents returning to LADD: We are asking that anyone who receives residential services from LADD and is currently living with family members but wishes to return to their LADD residence to undergo testing. Procedure to obtain testing prior to returning:
      • Family to contact PCP for person who receives LADD services and request testing before returning to a group living setting for people with developmental disabilities.  
      • Submit negative test result to LADD Program Staff. 
      • If unable to obtain testing, work with LADD Program Staff on alternative testing options. 
 
  • Masks: All staff should now have three cloth masks and each person supported by LADD should have two. We continue to monitor all sanitization supplies and replenish them as needed.  
 
  • Employee Testing: COVID-19 testing is required for employees showing symptoms, those who have a known exposure and new hires before they enter on site. Currently, LADD is advocating at a local, county and state level to make testing available to our staff twice a month.    
 
  • Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory: This health advisory replaces the Stay Safe Ohio order that was issued April 30, which required Ohioans to stay at home with limited exceptions. The new advisory strongly recommends that citizens, especially those who are high-risk, stay at home as much as possible. It does not change the mass gathering restrictions, which remain at a 10-person limit.
    • LADD’s safety protocols and requirements of staff – including social distancing, mask wearing, handwashing and sanitization practices while at work– are still in place. We are also encouraging frontline staff to continue wearing masks in public and visiting public spaces only for essential reasons. As Gov. DeWine said, “No other time in our lives will our individual actions play a greater role in saving lives.” 
    • Find more information here
 
  • Your loved one returning to work: Your loved one may soon return to work as many businesses begin reopening. Supported Employment will include the employee, the employee’s family and the employer in the discussion of returning to work, safety requirements at work and additional coaching needs related to safety protocols. Please contact Laura Grimes at lgrimes@laddinc.org with any questions. 
 
  • Day Programs: The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has issued additional guidance on day programs. The program must be certified by the county and state to reopen, maintain social distancing and allow no more than 10 people including staff, among other requirements. The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a required risk assessment.
    • The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program, your loved one, their guardian and SSA. This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation. 
 
  • Prevention Measures: We continue to require temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work; rigorous handwashing throughout the day; mask wearing while at work; social distancing when possible; disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day; and requiring employees to stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick. As noted previously, disinfectant protocols using foggers will be implemented for LADD vehicle usage during Phase 2. 
 
 
Thank you for your continued patience, support and partnership in these efforts as we move forward. Please email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org and visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates. 
 
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight 
CEO, LADD 
To LADD families and loved ones,    
 
Currently there are no confirmed or presumed positive cases of COVID-19 at LADD.   
 
Health leaders from across our region are surprised to hear we have not had a confirmed positive COVID-19 case at LADD. But when we describe the great lengths our staff have taken, with your support, to protect your loved ones, disbelief shifts to a shared pride. Together, we are protecting our most vulnerable citizens.  
 
As such, we are continuing to slowly reopen as we strive to balance our obligation to limit exposure with the need for human connection and community engagement. Phase 2 attempts to achieve that balance and includes outdoor family visits and limited van use beginning June 3, barring a local outbreak. Please find more information below. Thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding as we navigate this new normal. 
 
Phase 2 of LADD’s Reopening Begins June 3
 
Phase 2 will continue with social distancing and health and safety protocols but will reintroduce family visits outside the residence, limited vehicle use and outdoor outings with increased safety protocols. 
 
Family visits require: 
  • An outdoor setting* 
  • All individuals maintaining 6 feet social distancing 
  • All individuals wearing masks while visiting 
  • Scheduling ahead of time – contact your program manager 
 
*Visitors will not be permitted inside residences 
 
To ensure multiple visits don’t take place at the same time and social distancing is maintained, families must schedule visits in advance with the program manager before arriving. Program managers should be communicating with you soon about the scheduling process for their respective program, if they have not already. Prior to a visit, staff will confirm with you that family members will bring masks or we will provide masks. 
 
Phase 2 will also include:
  • Masks: Staff must continue to wear masks at work and will not cross-over sites. 
  • Remote work: All staff that can operate remotely will remain remote. 
  • Transportation: Outings to parks will be allowed if social distancing is possible and other stipulations are followed, including procedures for using anti-viral disinfectant foggers in vehicles. More details on transportation protocols will be released soon. 
  • Safe recreational and social opportunities: Opportunities that allow for social distancing (e.g. outdoor movies) will be encouraged and can take place with other people that are in walking distance or have pre-approved transportation. Groups must be 10 or less. 
  • Telehealth: Staff continue facilitating telehealth appointments for people we support. If telehealth is not an option, staff may facilitate in-person doctor’s appointment following new transportation protocols. 
  • Travel: If staff go on a cruise or airplane or travel more than 140 miles, they will be required to undergo a COVID-19 test and test negative or utilize PTO and quarantine for 14 days.  
  • CCP: CCP will base its reopening on Ohio’s day program guidance. 
  • Board meetings: Board of Directors continues to meet virtually. 
  • Community rooms: Find-A-Way and Geier Apartments’ community rooms remain closed. 
 
More information on LADD’s Phased Reopening Plan is available here
 
Additional updates as of May 22, 2020:
 
  • As of Friday, May 22, there are currently 30,794 total cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, with 2,279 confirmed cases in Hamilton County. 
 
  • Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory: This health advisory replaces the Stay Safe Ohio order that was issued April 30, which required Ohioans to stay at home with limited exceptions. The new advisory strongly recommends that citizens, especially those who are high-risk, stay at home as much as possible. It does not change the mass gathering restrictions, which remain at a 10-person limit.
    • LADD’s safety protocols and requirements of staff – including social distancing, mask wearing, handwashing and sanitization practices while at work– are still in place. We are also encouraging frontline staff to continue wearing masks in public and visiting public spaces only for essential reasons. As Gov. DeWine said, “No other time in our lives will our individual actions play a greater role in saving lives.” 
    • Find more information here
 
  • Employee Testing: COVID-19 testing is required for employees showing symptoms, those who have a known exposure and new hires before they enter on site. Currently, LADD is advocating at a local, county and state level to make testing available to our staff twice a month.    
 
  • COVID-19 Testing is required to return to LADD: We continue to work tirelessly to expand our access to testing. The Cincinnati Health Department has assured us their support and access to tests should we experience any cases in congregate living settings. Currently, testing is required for anyone who receives residential services from LADD and is currently living with family members but wishes to return to their LADD residence. Procedure to obtain testing prior to returning:
    • Family to contact PCP for person who receives LADD services and request testing before returning to a group living setting for people with developmental disabilities.  
    • Submit negative test result to LADD Program Staff. 
    • If unable to obtain testing, work with LADD Program Staff on alternative testing options. 
 
  • Your loved one returning to work: Your loved one may soon return to work as many businesses begin reopening. Supported Employment will include the employee, the employee’s family and the employer in the discussion of returning to work, safety requirements at work and additional coaching needs related to safety protocols. Please contact Laura Grimes at lgrimes@laddinc.org with any questions. 
 
  • Day Programs: The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has issued additional guidance on day programs. The program must be certified by the county and state to reopen, maintain social distancing and allow no more than 10 people including staff, among other requirements. The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a required risk assessment.
    • The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program, your loved one, and their guardian and SSA. This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation. 
 
  • Masks: All staff should now have at least two cloth masks and each person supported should have at least one. We continue to monitor all sanitization supplies and replenish them as needed.  
 
  • State budget cuts: Gov. Mike DeWine announced last week a $775 million reduction to the state’s budget, including a $210 million cut to Medicaid. At this time LADD remains healthy fiscally and current cuts will not impact our services. However, we will continue to monitor further state cuts and inform you should we have any concerns.      
 
  • Prevention measures: We continue to require temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work; rigorous handwashing throughout the day; mask wearing while at work; social distancing when possible; disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day; and requiring employees to stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick. As noted previously, disinfectant protocols using foggers will be implemented for LADD vehicle usage during Phase 2. 
 
Please email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org and visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates.  
  
Thank you for taking the time to stay informed of these important issues. I hope you have a safe and healthy Memorial Day weekend. 
 
Sincerely,  
Susan Brownknight  
CEO, LADD  
To LADD families and loved ones,    
 
Currently there are no confirmed or presumed positive cases of COVID-19 at LADD.   
 
That is a testament to the vigilance, dedication and compassion demonstrated by every member of the LADD community. LADD has proven these past ten weeks that we transcend the sum of our parts.  We would have not reached this point without YOUR efforts, your respect for increased travel and visitor restrictions and your understanding that all of us could be asymptomatic carriers.  
 
We remain humbled and privileged to stand alongside you and your loved one as we step through these uncertain times together. Your loved one has demonstrated a grit that would make the toughest among us proud.  They have inspired us to dig deep and channel the courage, resilience and compassion necessary to make it through this pandemic safely.   
 
Know that through this—not ONE staff has resigned. No one has walked away from your loved one.  Together, we will see each other through this. The stakes remain high as we enter into a new phase of LADD’s reopening. Barring a local outbreak, LADD is scheduled to relax visitor and transportation restrictions, Wednesday morning, June 3rd. We expect that you will want to take advantage of the opportunities presented by such a relaxation. This does not mean we can relax our efforts to protect each other. I believe now more than ever we must be intentional with our decisions to take actions that protect ourselves and others. Please see below for a better understanding of what that might look like in the coming weeks. United, we will get through this, safe and healthy.   
 
Below is this week’s COVID-19 update.  
 
LADD’s Phased Reopening Plan 
 
Phase 1: On Tuesday, May 12, we entered Phase 1 of our reopening plan. This phase allows a select few staff members previously notified to access the main office building following a deep cleaning. For programs, there are no changes to current operations, including health and safety protocols.   
 
Phase 2: LADD will enter Phase 2 of reopening, pending no major outbreaks of the virus, on June 3. Phase 2 will continue with social distancing and health and safety protocols but will gradually reintroduce family visits outside the residence, limited LADD van use and outdoor outings with increased safety protocols. 
 
Family visits require: 
An outdoor setting* 
All individuals maintaining 6 feet social distancing 
All individuals wearing masks while visiting 
Scheduling ahead of time 
 
*Visitors will not be permitted inside residences 
 
To ensure multiple visits don’t take place at the same time and social distancing is maintained, families must schedule visits in advance with the program manager before arriving. Program managers should be communicating with you soon about the scheduling process for their respective program. Prior to a visit, staff will confirm with you that family members will bring masks or we will provide masks. Scheduling should include a rain date or location (such as tent or awning). 
 
The full Phased Reopening Plan is available here
 
Additional updates as of May 15, 2020: 
 
As of Friday, May 15, there are currently 26,954 total cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, with 1,961 confirmed cases in Hamilton County. 
 
Employee Testing: COVID-19 testing is required for employees showing symptoms, those who have a known exposure and new hires before they enter on site. Currently, LADD is advocating at a local, county and state level to make testing available to our staff twice a month.    
 
COVID-19 Testing is required to return to LADD: Testing is required for anyone who receives residential services from LADD, is currently living with family members, and wishes to return to their LADD residence. Procedure to obtain testing prior to returning: 
 
  • Family to contact PCP for person who receives LADD services and request testing before returning to a group living setting for people with developmental disabilities.  
  • Submit negative test result to LADD Program Staff. 
 
If unable to obtain testing work with LADD Program Staff on alternative testing options. 
 
Your loved one returning to Work: Your loved one may soon return to work as many businesses begin reopening. SE will include the employee, the employee’s family and the employer in the discussion of returning to work, safety requirements at work and additional coaching needs related to safety protocols. Please contact Laura Grimes at lgrimes@laddinc.org with any questions. 
 
Day Programs: The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has issued additional guidance on day programs. The program must be certified by the county and state to reopen, maintain social distancing and allow no more than 10 people including staff, among other requirements. The decision for someone to return to a day program will be made on an individual basis after completing a required risk assessment.  
 
The risk assessment will involve LADD, the day program, your loved one, and their guardian and SSA. This assessment takes into account all risks including the individual’s health, living situation, housemates and transportation. 
 
Masks: All staff should now have at least two cloth masks and each person supported should have at least one. We continue to monitor all sanitization supplies and replenish them as needed.  
 
State budget cuts: Gov. Mike DeWine announced last week a $775 million reduction to the state’s budget, including a $210 million cut to Medicaid. At this time LADD remains healthy fiscally and current cuts will not impact our services. However, we will continue to monitor further state cuts and inform you should we have any concerns.      
 
Prevention measures: We continue to require temperature and symptom checks by all frontline staff before reporting to work; rigorous handwashing throughout the day; mask wearing while at work; social distancing when possible; disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day; and requiring employees to stay home if they are sick or a member of their household is sick. As noted previously, disinfectant protocols using foggers will be implemented for LADD vehicle usage during Phase 2. 
 
Thank you for staying up-to-date on these important updates. Our guiding light in every decision made over the past two months has been the health and safety of those we support. That will not change.  
 
 
Thank you for your attention to these important updates.
 
Please email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org and visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past updates.  
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight 
CEO, LADD 

To LADD families and loved ones,

Currently there are no confirmed or presumed positive cases of COVID-19 at LADD.

Last week, we shared initial information  on LADD’s phased  reopening  plan and committed to sharing  additional details  this week. You can view  those  details below and the full plan here.  This plan presents a path forward to a new standard, not back to a pre-pandemic normal.  It follows Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s “Responsible Restart Ohio” guidance but also takes into account the extra precautions needed to continue protecting the individuals we support, especially those who are uniquely vulnerable to COVID-19. While balancing the desire to fully reengage, the guiding principle of this plan is the health and safety of LADD’s community and the rules and laws that govern our work. As such, LADD’s reopening will be as slow as the law will permit.

Please keep in mind, this plan  will evolve  as additional federal and state guidance is released, but we  pledge to keep  you informed of any changes.  As such, due to new guidance from EEOC, LADD is currently testing any new staff prior to entering a site. Additionally, we will be updating guidance for current staff testing as testing becomes more available.

Brighter days are ahead, but we must remain fixed on our goal: to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of your loved ones.

LADD’s  Phased  Reopening Plan

PHASE 1 
Beginning Tuesday, May 12, pending the completion of main office building deep cleaning 

Phase  1  allows a select few staff members who have been notified to access the main office building once it has been decontaminated and with additional safety measures in place. Following the Governor’s guidance, the vast majority of us who are not providing direct services will continue working remotely.  For programs, there are no changes to current operations, including health and safety protocols.

Phase 1 to include:

  • Deep cleaning and decontamination of the building
  • Wipe dispensers placed throughout the building and hand sanitizer for each individual
  • No visitors allowed
  • Staff allowed to enter the building must:
    • Perform daily symptom check and notify the office manager each morning of status
    • Follow new entry and exit policy
    • Follow daily symptom tracking and notification procedures
    • Wear masks while at work – unless sitting at their desk away from others 
    • Adhere to current protocols for handwashing, sanitizing, social distancing and staying home if sick
    • Stay 6 feet away from others at all times 
    • Wash hands before coming to work and as they leave 
    • Complete a cleaning checklist assigned to them each day
  • No in-person meetings; must conduct virtually
  • Only one person in bathrooms, kitchen or copy rooms at a time; must wash hands before using
    • Anyone working downstairs must use the bathroom downstairs; anyone working upstairs must use upstairs 
    • Disinfect high-touch areas in bathroom after using (toilet handle, faucet, door handles, etc.) 


PHASE 2 
Will begin 7 a.m., Wednesday, June 3  

Phase 2 will continue with social distancing and health and safety protocols but will reintroduce family visits outside the residence, limited vehicle use and outdoor outings with increased safety protocols.

Phase 2 to include: 

  • Staff must continue to wear masks at work and will not cross-over sites. 
  • All staff that can operate remotely will remain remote. 
  • Family visits permitted outside the home while staying six feet apart and wearing masks. 
    • Program managers, working with their staff, will determine what the scheduling process entails for their respective program. Prior to a visit, staff will also confirm that family members will bring a mask or we will provide you with a disposable mask.
    • To ensure multiple visits don’t take place at the same time and social distancing is maintained, families must schedule visits in advance with the program manager before arriving.
    • Scheduling should include a rain date OR rain location.
    • Visitors will not be permitted inside residences.
  • Once staff are trained in using anti-viral disinfectant foggers, outings to parks where social distancing is possible. 
    • Only for people already living together, utilizing  LADD vans  that have been fogged before and after outing. 
    • Individuals supported will have masks on hand in case participants have to be in close quarters with others unexpectedly (e.g. the van has issues or a thunderstorm hits).
    • Staff will follow procedures for requesting and sanitizing vans for each use.
  • Safe recreational and social opportunities while maintaining social distancing (e.g. outdoor movies) will be encouraged and can take place with other people that are in walking distance or have pre-approved transportation. Groups must be 10 or less.
  • Staff will continue facilitating telehealth appointments for individuals supported. 
    • If telehealth is not an option, staff may use LADD vehicle, if fogged, to facilitate in-person doctor’s appointment. 
  • If staff go on a cruise or airplane or travel more than 140 miles, they will be required to undergo a COVID-19 test and test negative or utilize PTO and quarantine for 14 days.
  • CCP will base its reopening on Ohio’s day program guidance.
  • Find-A-Way and Geier Apartments’ community rooms remain closed.  


Residents Returning to Work

  • If a resident goes to a facility-based program, then there are specific standards laid out by the state of Ohio that must be met first, including an individual assessment for the participant. These guidelines and how the assessment will be done are expected to be issued today by the state and further communication will be sent out soon after.
  • If someone we support is returning to their community-based employment, transportation guidelines are expected to be issued today and we will communicate protocols soon after. 


PHASE 3
Pending declaration by health authorities of no known community spread of COVID-19 for two weeks or as mandated by the state of Ohio.

Phase 3 triggers the reopening of LADD’s main office building and additional outings if specific precautions are followed.

Phase 3 to include:

  • LADD to follow government/CDC guidance on mask usage. This could mean a continuation of requiring masks for all employees while at work.
    • Regardless of government/CDC mask guidance, staff will be required to wear masks if experiencing a cough, runny nose or feeling ill out of safety and respect for fellow employees and individuals served.
  • Continuing no staff crossover.
  • Continuing sanitization protocols.
  • Main office building reopens  with social distancing, mask and other guidelines.
    • In-person meetings resume.
    • Visitors (who have not traveled for two weeks) can visit main office building.
    • Visitors will be allowed in lobby and training center following social distancing and wearing masks.
  • Transportation in staff vehicles for individuals supported allowed with sanitization protocols.
  • Find-A-Way and Geier Apartments’ community rooms opened for gatherings.
  • Grocery store visits resume.

Again, CCP will base its restart of community-based programming on state guidelines.

PHASE 4
Pending vaccine or treatment widely available

Phase 4 is likely many months away and will allow events to resume and visitors inside homes.

Phase 4 to include:

  • LADD returns to normal operations but maintains disinfecting protocols and procedures adopted during the pandemic that we believe are practical and will assist in limiting the spread of other infectious diseases like the flu.
  • Visitors are allowed in homes.
  • Events begin. 



View the full plan here.

Thank you for your attention to these important updates. Please email staysafe@laddinc.org with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight 
CEO, LADD 

To LADD families and loved ones,    
 
Currently there are no confirmed or presumed positive cases of COVID-19 at LADD. 
 
As we begin the month of May and close out our seventh week of battling this pandemic, I am so inspired by the support and creativity that has grown out of this incredibly difficult time. Families are communicating online with their loved one, staff are remaining diligent and challenges are being met with determination and creativity. Through love, resilience and a lot of grit we are making it through, together. We will hug our loved ones again, we will sit together for a meal or go to a concert together. That day will come. In the meantime, the best of us remains on display.   
 
As the governor noted, this is the end of the beginning stage of COVID-19, and we remain steadfast in our efforts to protect your loved ones from this virus. Below is critical information – from programs that allow you to connect with your loved one to practical financial information to government updates. Please review and see what catches your eye.  
 
Updates as of May 1, 2020: 
  • As of Friday, May 1, there are 18,743 total cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, with 1,297 confirmed cases in Hamilton County.  

 

  • Ohio’s plan to reopen: Ohio will begin to “reopen” the state’s economy beginning today, May 1, with healthcare. More details are available here. A new Stay Safe Ohio Order effectively extends the previous Stay At Home Order – with modifications for the reopening of some businesses – until May 29. Some businesses and activities that are not included in Ohio’s current reopening plans include: 
    • Entertainment (movies, bowling, zoos, museums, etc.) 
    • Bars 
    • Restaurant dining rooms 
    • Adult day programs
    • Gyms, health centers 
    • Day care centers 
    • Public recreation centers and sports programs 
    • Parades, fairs and festivals  
 
  • LADD’s “reopening” plan: Following the release of Ohio’s plan, LADD’s COVID-19 Task Force is preparing a phased reopening plan. Please note that we have built in additional delays into our reopening. These delays are in place to find out if any of the decisions the state of Ohio is making with regards to reopening result in increased risk of COVID-19 spread. 
    • Find initial details on the phases, their respective criteria and changes that may take place in the email sent to you Thursday, April 29.
 
  • Quaranteam Fitness Challenge: In an effort to encourage physical activity, goal setting and engagement, the LADD Quaranteam Fitness Challenge will take place May 2-8. We would love for you to join us. The challenge is free, but we encourage those who are able to give, donate to our Brighter Days Boxes or COVID-19 relief fund. You can sign up for the challenge here
 
  • Pen Pal Program: We’re launching a new Pen Pal Program where board members and external community members can become pen pals with someone LADD supports. After someone signs up, the programs team will match them to an individual at LADD who is interested in being a pen pal. The individual at LADD will send the first card to kick things off. Community members can sign up here
 
  • Stimulus payments: By the end of May, many Americans will have received a stimulus payment from the federal government. Social Security Income recipients will receive payments directly from the Treasury Department.* 
    • One resource you and your loved ones may want to consider to save and invest these funds while maintaining needs-based government benefits is a STABLE Account. You can find more information at www.stableaccount.com
    • STABLE Accounts are a long-term option to hold funds without the funds counting as a resource for purposes of means-tested federal assistance programs.  
    • Find STABLE Account Frequently Asked Questions here
    • * SSI recipients who have qualifying children under age 17 should not wait for their automatic individual payment. They go to the IRS’s webpage and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info section now to provide their information. Read more about Supplemental Security Income recipients receiving automatic payments here.  
 
  • Antibody tests: LADD has acquired COVID-19 rapid antibody tests from Premier Biotech, a leading manufacturer of rapid drug testing diagnostic devices based in Minnesota. It is important to note that this antibody test – which may detect whether a person has ever had or currently has COVID-19 – is one of several tools to LADD’s COVID-19 response. LADD’s registered nurse administers the test. In addition to testing, our response to suspected cases of COVID-19 includes consulting with both the Cincinnati Health Department (CHD) and person’s primary care physician (PCP) prior to and after any testing. 
    • We are not using results from antibody testing as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude infection. But antibody testing is one way to arm our community with valuable information to help them stay well and fight this virus. 
    • Please find more answers to your questions here
 
  • Brighter Days Box campaign: Bundles of activities, games and crafting supplies have been delivered to many individuals and more are on the way. Our supporters and board members understand how stressful social isolation can be on your loved ones. They began collecting donations for wellbeing bundles to keep your loved ones engaged and connected while safe at home. 
    • Here is a link if you would like to donate to a Brighter Days Box.  
  
  • SNAP changes: The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is launching a “Click and Collect” program for SNAP recipients to shop online, pick up groceries and pay for food with their EBT card from their vehicles. 
    • ODJFS also announced SNAP recipients will get the maximum benefit possible for March and April and it has extended the recertification eligibility period from March, April and May by another six months. 
    • How the “Click and Collect” program works online varies by vendor.  
    • The State of Ohio has decided to max out SNAP benefits — meaning your loved one could experience increased funds in their account.   
 
  • Food Assistance: If someone does not access have access to food or cannot afford food, family or staff can contact their SSA and the SSA will utilize county funds and shop for and deliver food (on the porch). 
    • We have also secured additional runners who will pick up and deliver groceries for individuals and have shared that process with staff. 
 
  • Opportunities to connect: We are committed to facilitating connection between members of our entire community. Whether your loved one is currently at home with you or in a LADD residence, we want to stay engaged. Join us: 
    • LADD Live at 2 p.m. every weekday on Zoom 
    • Fit For Life exercise classes at 4 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday on Zoom 
    • Independent Resident Council meetings at 5 p.m. every Wednesday on Zoom 
    • Full Zoom calendar is available here.  
 
  • Mental health resources: We are ensuring mental health resources are available for those we support who may be worried or feel isolated. Envision, an agency that currently provides mental health services for people we support, will work with individuals to continue therapy sessions through phone or video. 
    • For those who don’t have a therapist but experience a crisis related to COVID-19, Envision will work to provide remote services to those individuals as well. 
    • If you have questions about this, please talk to program staff or email staysafe@laddinc.org.   
 
  • Visitor Policy: We are not allowing visitors in any of our residential locations at this time. 
    • Please work with staff to coordinate communication with your loved one. This is critical for your mental health and we strongly encourage regular communication.      
 
  • Prevention measures in place:  
    • All frontline employees are required to wear cloth masks while at work.  
    • Following the CDC’s recommendation for all Americans to wear cloth masks in public, on Tuesday, April 7, we began requiring frontline employees to wear cloth masks while at work.  
      • Employees have their own masks and have been instructed to wash the masks in a washing machine after each shift.   
      • We are working to secure additional cloth masks and make them available to individuals we support if they prefer to wear one. We are asking those we support to wear a provided surgical mask or some type of face covering if they leave their residence for any essential reason.   
    • Commonly touched surfaces are being sanitized and disinfected throughout the day.  
    • Employees have been instructed wash their hands before arriving at work, once they arrive at work, before and after they eat and prepare food, and throughout the day.  
    • Every frontline employee has been asked to take their temperature before reporting to work.  
      • They must stay home if they are experiencing symptoms or if a loved one in their household is experiencing symptoms.  
    • Every employee has been given access to a quick action protocol and on-site resource packet if COVID-19 symptoms are exhibited.   
    • Supply levels of necessary supplies such as hand sanitizer, thermometers and disinfectant are being monitored at each of our locations. 
      • Infrared thermometers have been delivered to high risk, shared living sites with our most vulnerable individuals. We are working to obtain additional thermometers. 
    • Preparedness kits have been delivered to every direct support professional. These include additional sanitizing and health supplies.  
    • Staff continue daily education on:  
      • Preventative measures such as CDC-directed hand washing methods and teaching people we serve those same methods.  
      • Identifying symptoms of infection and activating LADD’s quick action protocol if infection is suspected.   
    • Advanced levels of support with nurses and supervisors are being prepared should it be needed.  
    • Alignment of local, county and state resources to be ready if we have a confirmed case. 
 
Stay informed 
 
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View our Frequently Asked Questions at laddinc.org/covid-19-faq
 
View past updates at laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement
 
Email  staysafe@laddinc.org  if you have additional questions or concerns related to LADD’s plans and preparedness for COVID-19. 
 
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Thank you for your continued commitment to LADD. Please email staysafe@laddinc.org if you have any questions or concerns.  
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight 
CEO, LADD 
LADD families and loved ones,  
 
Earlier this week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine laid out his plans to “reopen” the state’s economy beginning May 1. You can read more about that here. As the Governor noted recently, this is not the end, it is just the end of the beginning stage of COVID-19. The virus remains deadly, contagious and is still spreading, albeit slower than before. 
 
LADD’s COVID-19 Task Force is preparing a phased reopening plan after reviewing the state’s plan. Please note that we have built in additional delays into our reopening. These delays are in place to find out if any of the decisions the state of Ohio is making with regards to reopening result in increased risk of COVID-19 spread. 
 
Below are some initial details on the phases, their respective criteria and changes that may take place. 
 
Phase I – After May 4 and pending the completion of a deep cleaning of the main office building 
 
The first phase of LADD’s plan will allow a select few staff members (who have already been identified) to access the main office building once it has been decontaminated and with additional safety measures in place, noted below. Following the Governor’s guidance, the vast majority of us who are not providing direct services will continue working remotely. For programs, there are no changes to current operations, including health and safety protocols.  
 
In allowing very limited staff to access the main office, we are implementing the following: 
  • Deep cleaning and decontamination of the building 
  • Wipe dispensers placed throughout the building and hand sanitizer for each individual 
  • No visitors allowed 
  • Staff allowed to enter the building must: 
    • Perform daily symptom check and inform the office manager each morning of status 
    • Follow new entry and exit procedures 
    • Wear masks while at work – unless sitting at their desk away from others
    • Adhere to current protocols for handwashing, social distancing and staying home if sick 
    • Complete a cleaning checklist assigned to them each day 
  • No in-person meetings; must conduct virtually 
  • Only one person in bathrooms, kitchen or copy rooms at a time; must wash hands before using 
 
Phase 2 – Will take place three weeks after Ohio lifts Stay At Home Order if no resurgence
 
Phase 2 to include: 
  • Staff must continue to wear masks to work and will not cross-over sites
  • Family visits permitted as long as they are outside the home while staying six feet apart and wearing masks
  • Visitors will not be permitted inside residences
  • Once staff are trained in using anti-viral disinfectant foggers, outings to parks where social distancing is possible only for people already living together, utilizing only LADD vans that have been fogged before and after outing
    • Individuals supported will have masks on hand
  • Planning will begin for a limited CCP (LADD’s day programs) reopening that incorporates increased COVID-19 testing for staff and disinfecting/sanitizing precautions
  • Board of Directors continues to meet virtually
  • Find-A-Way and Geier Apartments’ community rooms remain closed
 
Phase 3 – Pending declaration by health authorities of no known community spread of COVID-19 for two weeks
 
Phase 3 to include:
  • LADD to follow government/CDC recommendations on mask usage and will continue with no staffing crossover across sites
  • CCP resumes community-based programming with approved precautions
  • Main office building reopens with social distancing, mask and other guidelines
  • Visitors (that have not traveled for two weeks) can visit main office building
  • Traditional transportation with sanitizing protocols resumes 
  • Find-A-Way and Geier Apartments’ community rooms opened for gatherings of six people or less
  • Board of Directors continues to meet virtually
 
Phase 4 – Pending vaccine or treatment widely available
 
Phase 4 to include:
  • LADD returns to normal operations but maintains disinfecting protocols and procedures adopted during the pandemic that we believe are practical and will assist in limiting the spread of other infectious diseases like the flu
  • Visitors are allowed in homes 
  • Events begin 
 
Again, these details do not constitute an exhaustive list of changes and are subject to change based upon government guidelines and/or new or additional information brought forward by government entities. More information will be released next week. 
 
We are optimistic that our hard work to protect our community is paying off, but we must not be reckless. Ohio’s Stay At Home Order has not been lifted and we must continue to follow the advice of public health experts. Ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of your loved ones and our employees remains our top priority. 
 
We pledge to keep you informed throughout this process. Access all of LADD’s COVID-19 updates here. Thank you for you for staying up to date on these important issues. 
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight 
CEO, LADD
To LADD families and loved ones,    
 
It is with gratitude and relief I share with you, that for the sixth week in a row, we currently do not have any confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.  
 
LADD staff are working with a seemingly unending well of perseverance, grace and dedication to ensure your loved ones are not only safe and healthy, but also do not feel isolated or alone. We are continually innovating new ways for your loved one to stay active and engaged and look forward to sharing more programs with you like the Quaranteam Fitness Challenge. We will return to “normal operations” eventually, but that is likely several months away. This pandemic is a marathon, not a sprint, and we intend to cross this finish line together.  
 
Please find this week’s COVID-19 update below. 
 
Updates as of April 24, 2020: 
 
  • As of Friday, April 24, there are 15,169 total cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, with 932 confirmed cases in Hamilton County. There are currently none at LADD.   
 
  • Ohio’s plan to reopen: Gov. Mike DeWine announced  last week that the state is developing a plan for a phased-in reopening of the state economy beginning May 1.
    • To be clear, LADD will not have a grand reopening on May 1. LADD will evaluate the state’s plan and is currently developing what any changes in operations and protocols may look like for us in the future. We will keep you informed. 
    • The state is reviewing four factors in its plan to reopen:
      • The number of cases in the state and the number of hospital admissions 
      • Hospital capacity 
      • The ability to test and trace cases of COVID-19 
      • Best practices for social distancing in businesses 
 
  • Quaranteam Fitness Challenge: We may be staying at home, but that doesn’t mean we can’t work on our fitness. In an effort to encourage physical activity, goal setting and engagement, the LADD Quaranteam Fitness Challenge will take place May 2-8. The challenge is open to individuals supported, staff and family members. Sign up or find more information here
 
  • Stimulus payments: By the end of May, many Americans will have received a stimulus payment from the federal government. Social Security Income recipients will receive payments directly from the Treasury Department.*
    • One resource you and your loved ones may want to consider to save and invest these funds while maintaining needs-based government benefits is a STABLE Account. You can find more information at www.stableaccount.com
    • STABLE Accounts are a long-term option to hold funds without the funds counting as a resource for purposes of means-tested federal assistance programs. 
    • Find STABLE Account Frequently Asked Questions here
    • * SSI recipients who have qualifying children under age 17 should not wait for their automatic individual payment. They should go to the IRS’s webpage and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info section now to provide their information. Read more about Supplemental Security Income recipients receiving automatic payments here.  
 
  • Antibody tests: LADD has acquired COVID-19 rapid antibody tests from Premier Biotech, a leading manufacturer of rapid drug testing diagnostic devices based in Minnesota. It is important to note that this antibody test – which may detect whether a person has ever had or currently has COVID-19 – is one of several tools to LADD’s COVID-19 response. LADD’s registered nurse administers the test. In addition to testing, our response to suspected cases of COVID-19 includes consulting with both the Cincinnati Health Department (CHD) and person’s primary care physician (PCP) prior to and after any testing.
    • We are not using results from antibody testing as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude infection. But antibody testing is one way to arm our community with valuable information to help them stay well and fight this virus. 
    • Please find more answers to your questions here
 
  • Brighter Days Box campaign: Bundles of activities, games and crafting supplies have been delivered to many individuals and more are on the way. Our supporters and board members understand how stressful social isolation can be on your loved ones. They began collecting donations for wellbeing bundles to keep your loved ones engaged and connected while safe at home.
    • Here is a link if you would like to donate to a Brighter Days Box.  
  
  • SNAP changes: The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) launched a “Click and Collect” program for SNAP recipients to shop online, pick up groceries and pay for food with their EBT card from their vehicles.
    • ODJFS also announced SNAP recipients will get the maximum benefit possible for March and April and it has extended the recertification eligibility period from March, April and May by another six months. 
    • How the “Click and Collect” program works online varies by vendor. 
    • The State of Ohio has decided to max out SNAP benefits — meaning your loved one could experience increased funds in their account.   
 
  • Food Assistance: If someone does not access have access to food or cannot afford food, family or staff can contact their SSA and the SSA will utilize county funds and shop for and deliver food (on the porch).
    • We have also secured additional runners who will pick up and deliver groceries for individuals and have shared that process with staff. 
 
  • Opportunities to connect: We are committed to facilitating connection between members of our entire community. Whether your loved one is currently at home with you or in a LADD residence, we want to stay engaged. Join us:
    • OTR International Film Festival Netflix Party: Join us at 7 p.m. on April 25 for a virtual watch party for the film, “37 Seconds.” Find more information here
    • LADD Live at 2 p.m. every weekday on Zoom 
    • Fit For Life exercise classes at 4 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday on Zoom 
    • Independent Resident Council meetings at 5 p.m. every Wednesday on Zoom 
    • Full Zoom calendar is available here
 
  • Mental health resources: We are ensuring mental health resources are available for those we support who may be worried or feel isolated. Envision, an agency that currently provides mental health services for people we support, will work with individuals to continue therapy sessions through phone or video.
    • For those who don’t have a therapist but experience a crisis related to COVID-19, Envision will work to provide remote services to those individuals as well. 
    • If you have questions about this, please talk to program staff or email staysafe@laddinc.org.   
 
  • Visitor Policy: We are not allowing visitors in any of our residential locations at this time.
    • Please work with staff to coordinate communication with your loved one. This is critical for your mental health and we strongly encourage regular communication.      
 
  • Prevention measures in place: 
    • All frontline employees are required to wear cloth masks while at work. Following the CDC’s recommendation for all Americans to wear cloth masks in public, on Tuesday, April 7, we began requiring frontline employees to wear cloth masks while at work.
    • Employees have their own masks and have been instructed to wash the masks in a washing machine after each shift.
      • We are working to secure additional cloth masks and make them available to individuals we support if they prefer to wear one.
      • We are asking those we support to wear a provided surgical mask or some type of face covering if they leave their residence for any essential reason. 
    • Commonly touched surfaces are being sanitized and disinfected throughout the day. 
    • Employees have been instructed wash their hands before arriving at work, once they arrive at work, before and after they eat and prepare food, and throughout the day. 
    • Every frontline employee has been asked to take their temperature before reporting to work. They must stay home if they are experiencing symptoms or if a loved one in their household is experiencing symptoms. 
    • Every employee has been given access to a quick action protocol and on-site resource packet if COVID-19 symptoms are exhibited.
    • Supply levels of necessary supplies such as hand sanitizer, thermometers and disinfectant are being monitored at each of our locations.
    • Infrared thermometers have been delivered to high risk, shared living sites with our most vulnerable individuals. We are still working to obtain additional thermometers. 
    • Preparedness kits have been delivered to every direct support professional. These include additional sanitizing and health supplies. 
    • Staff continue daily education on:
      • Preventative measures such as CDC-directed hand washing methods and teaching people we serve those same methods. 
      • Identifying symptoms of infection and activating LADD’s quick action protocol if infection is suspected.  
    • Advanced levels of support with nurses and supervisors are being prepared should it be needed. 
    • Alignment of local, county and state resources to be ready if we have a confirmed case. 
 
Stay informed 
 
Sign up for additional communications from LADD, such as text or voice message updates here
 
View our Frequently Asked Questions at laddinc.org/covid-19-faq
 
View past updates at  laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement
 
Email staysafe@laddinc.org  if you have additional questions or concerns related to LADD’s plans and preparedness for COVID-19. 
 
Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram
 
 
Join LADD Live on Zoom 
 
Join LADD Live (2 p.m. weekdays) on Zoom by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/110907018  
Meeting ID: 110 907 018 
 
Or you can dial by phone: 
877 853 5257 US Toll-free 
888 475 4499 US Toll-free 
Meeting ID: 110 907 018 
 
Full Zoom schedule: laddinc.org/calendar 
 
 
Centers for Disease Control and Ohio Department of Health Resources
 
CDC Information about Coronavirus  (available in Spanish and English) 
 
 
Thank you for staying up to date on these important issues. Please email any questions or concerns to staysafe@laddinc.org.
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight 
CEO, LADD 
4/17/20 Weekly Update from LADD CEO Susan Brownknight
 
To LADD families and loved ones,  
 
Currently, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 at LADD.
 
Some of that is luck, but that is also due to continued vigilance by all of us. We are encouraged by Ohio Director of Health Dr. Amy Acton’s reports that everything we’re doing is indeed flattening the curve, and optimistic about Gov. Mike DeWine’s plans for a gradual reopening of the state’s economy beginning May 1. While it would be easy to think our work fighting this pandemic is nearly done, it is not — the road back will be long and hard on those hoping for a quick return to “normal.”
 
Please expect more information to come out soon regarding a LADD reopening plan. I want to be clear, LADD will be returning to “normal operations” slowly, in phases and with an abundance of caution. In the meantime, we cannot waiver. The fight is not done and the numbers of confirmed cases continue to grow. We must remain united in ensuring that all of us get through this safe and healthy. Together, we will persevere through this pandemic. 
 
Please find this week’s COVID-19 update below. 
 
Updates as of April 17, 2020:
  • As of Friday, April 17, there are 9,107 total cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, with 658 confirmed cases in Hamilton County. Our peer agencies across Ohio have 30 confirmed cases. There are currently none at LADD.
 
  • Ohio’s plan to reopen: Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday, April 16, the state is developing a plan for a phased-in reopening of Ohio’s economy beginning May 1. “Life will not resume to normal for a while. We all have to continue taking precautions and protecting the most vulnerable Ohioans…” the governor said in Thursday’s press conference.
    • To be clear, LADD will not have a grand reopening on May 1. LADD will evaluate the state’s plan when released and is currently developing what our own gradual “reopening” may look like based on the state’s plan. We will inform you of any changes in our operations and protocols. 
 
  • Stimulus payments: By the end of May, many Americans will have received a stimulus payment from the federal government. Supplemental Security Income recipients will receive payments directly from the Treasury Department.*
    • One resource you and your loved ones may want to consider to save and invest these funds while maintaining needs-based government benefits is a STABLE Account. You can find more information at www.stableaccount.com
    • STABLE Accounts are a long-term option to hold funds without the funds counting as a resource for purposes of means-tested federal assistance programs. 
    • Find STABLE Account Frequently Asked Questions here
    • * SSI recipients who have qualifying children under age 17 should not wait for their automatic individual payment. They should go to the IRS’s webpage and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info section now to provide their information. Read more about Supplemental Security Income recipients receiving automatic payments here
 
  • Antibody tests: LADD has acquired COVID-19 rapid antibody tests from Premier Biotech, a leading manufacturer of rapid drug testing diagnostic devices based in Minnesota. It is important to note that this antibody test – which may detect whether a person has ever had or currently has COVID-19 – is one of several tools to LADD’s COVID-19 response. LADD’s registered nurse administers the test. In addition to testing, our response to suspected cases of COVID-19 includes consulting with both the Cincinnati Health Department (CHD) and person’s primary care physician (PCP) prior to and after any testing.
    • We will not use results from antibody testing as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude infection. But antibody testing is one way to arm our community with valuable information to help them stay well and fight this virus. 
    • Please find more answers to your questions here
 
  • Brighter Days Box campaign: Bundles of activities, games and crafting supplies have been delivered to many individuals and more are on the way. Our supporters and board members understand how stressful social isolation can be on your loved ones. They began collecting donations for wellbeing bundles to keep your loved ones engaged and connected while safe at home.
    • Here is a link if you would like to donate to a Brighter Days Box.
 
  • SNAP changes: The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is launching a “Click and Collect” program for SNAP recipients to shop online, pick up groceries and pay for food with their EBT card from their vehicles.
    • ODJFS also announced SNAP recipients will get the maximum benefit possible for March and April and it has extended the recertification eligibility period from March, April and May by another six months. 
    • How the “Click and Collect” program works online varies by vendor. 
    • The State of Ohio has decided to max out SNAP benefits — meaning your loved one could experience increased funds in their account. 
 
  • Food Assistance: If someone does not access have access to food or cannot afford food, family or staff can contact their SSA and the SSA will utilize county funds and shop for and deliver food (on the porch).
    • We have also secured additional runners who will pick up and deliver groceries for individuals and have shared that process with staff. 
 
  • Opportunities to connect: We are committed to facilitating connection between members of our entire community. Whether your loved one is currently at home with you or in a LADD residence, we want to stay engaged. Join us:
    • OTR International Film Festival Netflix Party: Join us at 7 p.m. on April 25 for a virtual watch party for the film, “37 Seconds.” Find more information here.
    • LADD Live at 2 p.m. every weekday on Zoom 
    • Fit For Life exercise classes at 4 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday on Zoom 
    • Independent Resident Council meetings at 5 p.m. every Wednesday on Zoom 
    • Full Zoom calendar is available here
 
  • Mental health resources: We are ensuring mental health resources are available for those we support who may be worried or feel isolated.
    • Envision, an agency that currently provides mental health services for people we support, will work with individuals to continue therapy sessions through phone or video. 
    • For those who don’t have a therapist but experience a crisis related to COVID-19, Envision will work to provide remote services to those individuals as well.
    • If you have questions about this, please talk to program staff or email staysafe@laddinc.org
 
  • Visitor Policy: We are not allowing visitors in any of our residential locations at this time. Please work with staff to coordinate communication with your loved one. This is critical for your mental health and we strongly encourage regular communication. 
 
  • Prevention measures in place:
    • All frontline employees are required to wear cloth masks while at work.
      • Following the CDC’s recommendation for all Americans to wear cloth masks in public, on Tuesday, April 7, we began requiring frontline employees to wear cloth masks while at work. 
      • Employees have their own masks and have been instructed to wash the masks in a washing machine after each shift.
      • We are working to secure additional cloth masks and make them available to individuals we support if they prefer to wear one. We are asking those we support to wear a provided surgical mask or some type of face covering if they leave their residence for any essential reason.
    • Commonly touched surfaces are being sanitized and disinfected throughout the day. 
    • Employees have been instructed wash their hands before arriving at work, once they arrive at work, before and after they eat and prepare food, and throughout the day. 
    • Every frontline employee has been asked to take their temperature before reporting to work. They must stay home if they are experiencing symptoms or if a loved one in their household is experiencing symptoms. 
    • Every employee has been given access to a quick action protocol and on-site resource packet if COVID-19 symptoms are exhibited.
    • Supply levels of necessary supplies such as hand sanitizer, thermometers and disinfectant are being monitored at each of our locations. 
    • Infrared thermometers have been delivered to high risk, shared living sites with our most vulnerable individuals. We are working to obtain additional thermometers.
    • Preparedness kits have been delivered to every direct support professional. These include additional sanitizing and health supplies. 
    • Staff continue daily education on:
      • Preventative measures such as CDC-directed hand washing methods and teaching people we serve those same methods. 
      • Identifying symptoms of infection and activating LADD’s quick action protocol if infection is suspected. 
    • Advanced levels of support with nurses and supervisors are being prepared should it be needed. 
    • Alignment of local, county and state resources to be ready if we have a confirmed case. 
 
Stay informed
 
Sign up for additional communications from LADD, such as text or voice message updates here
 
View our  Frequently Asked Questions at  laddinc.org/covid-19-faq
 
View past updates at  laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement
 
Email  staysafe@laddinc.org  if you have additional questions or concerns related to LADD’s plans and preparedness for COVID-19. 
 
Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram
 
 
Join LADD Live on Zoom
 
Join LADD Live at 2 p.m. on weekdays by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/110907018  
Meeting ID: 110 907 018 
 
Or you can dial by phone: 
877 853 5257 US Toll-free 
888 475 4499 US Toll-free 
Meeting ID: 110 907 018 
 
 
Full virtual schedule: laddinc.org/calendar 
 
 
Centers for Disease Control  and Ohio Department of Health  Resources
 
CDC Information about  Coronavirus  (available in Spanish and English) 
 
 
Thank you for staying up to date on these important issues. Please email staysafe@laddinc.org if you have any questions or concerns.  
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight 
CEO, LADD 

To LADD families and loved ones,  

Currently, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 at LADD.

Easter and Passover look different this year. Families are not reuniting. Photos of beautiful, prayerful meals and large family gatherings are not being taken. But what remains and even what flourishes in the wake of a momentary loss of tradition: love, gratitude, community and mission. Born from this collective struggle is a renewed sense of love and compassion for each other and our fellow human; gratitude for each day that passes in which we have accomplished our goal – to protect you and every person we support; community that is doing all they can to let us know they are here for us — making masks as fast as they can, picking up groceries, raising funds and donating games; and finally, a resolute and vigilant commitment to our mission — to ensure that the people we support remain safe and healthy.

Please know we are working to make the holiday weekend as enjoyable as possible for our community. There are plans for gift baskets, egg decorating and movie nights. And we encourage video chats between you and your loved one; if you need assistance arranging a chat, please email staysafe@laddinc.org.

Our entire team is united in keeping your loved one safe, healthy and happy. As this public health crisis continues to evolve, LADD’s response also evolves. Please find this week’s COVID-19 update below.

Updates as of April 10, 2020:

  • As of Friday, April 10, there are 5,878 total cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, with 504 confirmed cases in Hamilton County. Our peer agencies across Ohio have 19 confirmed cases. There are currently none at LADD.
  • Update on masks: Following the CDC’s recommendation for all Americans to wear cloth masks in public, on Tuesday, April 7, we began requiring frontline employees to wear cloth masks while at work.
    • Last week, we delivered 100 safety kits with cloth masks, surgical masks and additional hand sanitizer to our direct support professionals. Employees have their own masks and have been instructed to wash the masks in a washing machine after each shift.
    • We are working to secure additional cloth masks and make them available to individuals we support if they prefer to wear one. We are asking those we support to wear a provided surgical mask or some type of face covering if they leave their residence for any essential reason.
    • Experts caution that while masks may be a tool to slow the spread, they do not protect people exclusively from getting infected and cannot replace social distancing guidelines. This includes Ohio’s Stay At Home Order and critical prevention measures, such as proper handwashing. We will continue to require these measures.
  • Brighter Days Box campaign: Our supporters and board members understand how stressful social isolation can be on your loved ones. They began collecting donations for wellbeing bundles, including gardening supplies, games, art supplies and activities to keep your loved ones engaged and connected while safe at home.
    • We’re calling each bundle a “Brighter Days Box” and will be distributing our first round this weekend.
    • Here is a link if you would like to donate a Brighter Days Box.
  • Ohio Stay At Home Order extended: Ohio’s Stay At Home Order has been extended through May 1. Find more information here.
  • SNAP changes: The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is launching a “Click and Collect” program for SNAP recipients to shop online, pick up groceries and pay for food with their EBT card from their vehicles.
    • ODJFS also announced SNAP recipients will get the maximum benefit possible for March and April and it has extended the recertification eligibility period from March, April and May by another six months.
    • How the “Click and Collect” program works online varies by vendor.
    • The State of Ohio has decided to max out SNAP benefits — meaning your loved one could experience increased funds in their account.
  • Food Assistance: If someone does not have access to food or cannot afford food, family or staff can contact their SSA and the SSA will utilize county funds and shop for and deliver food (on the porch).
  • Opportunities to connect: We are committed to facilitating connection between members of our entire community. Whether your loved one is currently at home with you or in a LADD residence, we want to stay engaged. Join us:
    • LADD Live at 2 p.m. every weekday on Zoom
    • Fit For Life exercise classes at 4 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday on Zoom
    • Independent Resident Council meetings at 5 p.m. every Wednesday on Zoom
    • Full Zoom calendar is available here.
  • Mental health resources: We are ensuring mental health resources are available for those we support who may be worried or feel isolated.
    • Envision, an agency that currently provides mental health services for people we support, will work with individuals to continue therapy sessions through phone or video.
    • For those who don’t have a therapist but experience a crisis related to COVID-19, Envision will work to provide remote services to those individuals as well.
    • If you have questions about this, please talk to program staff or email staysafe@laddinc.org.
  • Visitor Policy: We are not allowing visitors in any of our residential locations at this time.
    • Please work with staff to coordinate communication with your loved one. This is critical for your mental health and we strongly encourage regular communication.
  • Prevention measures in place:
    • All frontline employees are required to wear cloth masks while at work.
    • Commonly touched surfaces are being sanitized and disinfected throughout the day.
    • Employees have been instructed wash their hands before arriving at work, once they arrive at work, before and after they eat and prepare food, and throughout the day.
    • Every frontline employee has been asked to take their temperature before reporting to work.
      • They must stay home if they are experiencing symptoms or if a loved one in their household is experiencing symptoms.
    • Every employee has been given access to a quick action protocol and on-site resource packet if COVID-19 symptoms are exhibited.
    • Supply levels of necessary supplies such as hand sanitizer, thermometers and disinfectant are being monitored at each of our locations.
      • Infrared thermometers have been delivered to high risk, shared living sites with our most vulnerable individuals. We are working to obtain additional thermometers.  
    • Preparedness kits have been delivered to every direct support professional. These include additional sanitizing and health supplies.
    • Staff continue daily education on:
      • Preventative measures such as CDC-directed hand washing methods and teaching people we serve those same methods.
      • Identifying symptoms of infection and activating LADD’s quick action protocol if infection is suspected.
    • Advanced levels of support with nurses and supervisors are being prepared should it be needed.
    • Alignment of local, county and state resources to be ready if we have a confirmed case.

Stay informed 

Join LADD Live on Zoom

Join LADD Live on Zoom by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/110907018

  • Meeting ID: 110 907 018

Or you can dial by phone:

877 853 5257 US Toll-free

888 475 4499 US Toll-free

  • Meeting ID: 110 907 018

Full Zoom schedule: laddinc.org/calendar

Centers for Disease Control and Ohio Department of Health Resources 

Thank you for staying up to date on these important issues. Please email staysafe@laddinc.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely, 

Susan Brownknight 

CEO, LADD 

4/3/20 Weekly Update from LADD CEO Susan Brownknight
 
To LADD families and loved ones,    
 
The past few weeks have brought unparalleled challenges and an overwhelming sense of uncertainty across our nation. As we enter the month of April and continue to navigate uncharted territory, I want to be clear: we are resolute in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting your loved one.  
 
I continue to be inspired by the incredible sense of duty we all feel toward this mission. I’m also uplifted each time I see our community come together in creative ways. Small acts – from neighbors offering to make grocery runs, to your loved one lighting up when they see their friend virtually on LADD Live (see below for information on how you too can participate) – remind me that our shared humanity in these trying times prevails.   
 
Please find this week’s COVID-19 update below. 
 
Updates as of April 3, 2020:
 
  • As of Friday, April 3, there are 3,312 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, with 220 confirmed cases in Hamilton County. Our peer agencies have three confirmed cases. There are currently none at LADD.  
  • Health and safety supplies: This afternoon, we delivered 100 safety kits with cloth masks, surgical masks and additional hand sanitizer to our direct support professionals. The CDC is expected to issue recommendations in the coming days that all Americans wear cloth masks or other face coverings in public.
    • At this time, masks are voluntary. However, if guidance is issued and masks become recommended, we will instruct employees and inform you of changes. 
    • Experts caution that while masks may be a tool to slow the spread, they do not protect people exclusively from getting infected and cannot replace social distancing guidelines. This includes Ohio’s Stay At Home Order and critical prevention measures, such as proper handwashing. We will continue to require these measures.  
    • Our COVID-19 first responders also have full personal protective equipment outfits, including N95 masks, to use if someone is believed to have COVID-19. 
 
  • Ohio Stay At Home Order extended: Ohio’s Stay At Home Order has been extended through May 1. Find more information here
 
  • Major disaster declaration: President Trump has declared Ohio a major disaster area. The designation qualifies the state to receive emergency federal funding to supplement response and recovery efforts. We are hopeful this will give essential service nonprofits like LADD access to additional resources as well. 
 
  • SNAP changes: The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is launching a “Click and Collect” program for SNAP recipients to shop online, pick up groceries and pay for food with their EBT card from their vehicles.
    • ODJFS also announced SNAP recipients will get the maximum benefit possible for March and April and it has extended the recertification eligibility period from March, April and May by another six months.  
    • How the “Click and Collect” program works online varies by vendor.  
 
  • Opportunities to connect: Maintaining connection and communication between members of our entire community is critically important right now. Whether your loved one is currently at home with you or in a LADD residence, we want to stay engaged with you all.
    • “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” Netflix Party at 7 p.m. this Saturday. More information is available here.
    • LADD Live at 2 p.m. every weekday on Zoom (instructions below).
    • Fit For Life exercise classes at 4 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday on Zoom.
    • Independent Resident Council meetings at 5 p.m. every Wednesday on Zoom.
    • Full Zoom calendar is available here.  
 
  • Mental health resources: We are ensuring mental health resources are available for those we support who may be worried or feel isolated.
    • Envision, an agency that currently provides mental health services for people we support, will work with individuals to continue therapy sessions through phone or video. 
    • For those who don’t have a therapist but experience a crisis related to COVID-19, Envision will work to provide remote services to those individuals as well. 
    • If you have questions about this, please talk to program staff or email staysafe@laddinc.org.   
 
  • Community Connections Program: The majority of facility-based day programs across the region have closed. Although we could continue to operate our Community Connections Program because the groups are small enough, we have decided to stringently follow Ohio’s social distancing recommendations. Therefore, for the safety of your loved one, LADD is currently conducting home-based programming and is no longer traveling or bringing groups together from different residences. 
 
  • Visitor Policy: We are not allowing visitors in any of our residential locations at this time. Please work with staff to coordinate communication with your loved one. This is critical for your mental health and we strongly encourage regular communication.      
 
  • Prevention measures in place:
    • Using sanitizing techniques, including disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day and asking employees to wash their hands before arriving at work, once they arrive at work, and throughout the day.  
    • Monitoring supply levels of necessary supplies such as hand sanitizer, thermometers and disinfectant at each of our locations to ensure we are well stocked in case of shortages. 
    • Additional hand sanitizer and infrared thermometers were delivered Friday. Given the shortage of supplies, we are prioritizing sites with our most vulnerable individuals to receive infrared thermometers first. We expect additional thermometers to arrive soon. 
    • Every staff member has been given access to a quick action protocol established if COVID-19 symptoms are exhibited. 
    • We have asked every staff member to take their temperature before reporting to work and call off if they are experiencing symptoms or call off if a loved one they live with is experiencing symptoms. If they have a temperature or are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, they must stay home. 
    • Preparedness kits have been delivered to every direct support professional. These include additional sanitizing and health supplies. 
    • Daily education with staff on:
      • Performing preventative measures such as CDC-directed hand washing methods and teaching people we serve those same methods.
      • Identifying symptoms of infection and activating LADD’s quick action protocol if infection is suspected.
    • Preparing advanced levels of support with nurses and supervisors should it be needed. 
    • Aligning local, county and state resources to be ready if we have a confirmed case. 
 
Stay informed 
 
Sign up for additional communications from LADD, such as text or voice message updates  here.  
 
View our  Frequently Asked Questions at  laddinc.org/covid-19-faq.  
 
View past updates at  laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement.  
 
Email  staysafe@laddinc.org  if you have additional questions or concerns related to LADD’s  plans and preparedness for COVID-19.  
 
Follow us at  www.facebook.com/LADDInc.  
  
 
Join LADD Live on Zoom
  
Join LADD Live on Zoom by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/110907018  
 
Meeting ID: 110 907 018 
 
Or you can dial by phone: 
877 853 5257 US Toll-free 
888 475 4499 US Toll-free 
Meeting ID: 110 907 018 
 
 
Full Zoom schedule: laddinc.org/calendar 
 
  
Centers for Disease Control  and Ohio Department of Health  Resources 
 
CDC Information about  Coronavirus  (available in Spanish and English)  
  
 
Thank you for your attention to these important issues. Our entire LADD team is solely focused on the health, safety and well-being of your loved one. Please email  staysafe@laddinc.org  if you have any questions or concerns. 
  
Sincerely,  
Susan Brownknight  
CEO, LADD 
To LADD families and loved ones,   
 
First and foremost, there are currently no cases or suspected cases of COVID-19 at LADD. However, another week has gone by and we continue to face an unparalleled threat to our public health. At the same time, I have seen more resilience, compassion and dedication throughout our community than ever before. You are part of that – thank you for your continued commitment to LADD. 
 
Below is this week’s COVID-19 update. 
 
Updates as of March 27, 2020: 
 
  • As of Friday, March 27, there are 1,137 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, with 63 confirmed cases in Hamilton County.
 
  • Under Ohio’s Stay At Home Order, LADD services and employees are considered essential. LADD is continuing its work through the order’s duration. More information is available at laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement
 
  • We are committed to facilitating connection and communication between members of our entire community. Whether your loved one is currently at home with you or in a LADD residence, we want to maintain engagement with you all.
    • Fit For Life classes and Independent Resident Council (IRC) meetings will now be hosted on Zoom. Instructions to access Zoom are below.
      • Fit For Life – Every Tuesday and Thursday at 4 p.m. starting March 31
      • IRC meetings – Every Wednesday at 5 p.m. starting April 1
    • LADD Live – Monday-Friday at 2 p.m. on Zoom.
      • This week we hosted laughter yoga, pour painting, movie reviews, news updates, smoothie making and collage crafting.
      • Check out next week’s schedule at laddinc.org/calendar.
    • Another avenue is to video chat one-on-one with your loved one. If they are currently at home, we suggest they video chat with staff who support them and with friends.
      • You can do this via Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, Facebook Messenger and other applications.
 
  • We are ensuring mental health resources are available for those we support who may be worried or feel isolated.
    • Envision, an agency that currently provides mental health services for people we support, will work with individuals to continue therapy sessions through phone or video.
    • For those who don’t have a therapist but experience a crisis related to COVID-19, Envision will work to provide remote services to those individuals as well.
    • If you have questions about this, please talk to program staff or email staysafe@laddinc.org
 
  • The majority of facility-based day programs across the region have closed. Although we could continue to operate our Community Connections Program because the groups are small enough, we have decided to stringently follow Ohio’s social distancing recommendations. Therefore, for the safety of your loved one, LADD is currently conducting home-based programming and is no longer traveling or bringing groups together from different residences.
 
  • We are not allowing visitors in any of our residential locations at this time.
    • Please work with staff to coordinate communication with your loved one. This is critical for mental health and we strongly encourage regular communication.     
 
  • We are continuing our advanced precautions:
    • Using sanitizing techniques, including disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day. 
    • Monitoring supply levels of necessary supplies such as hand sanitizer, thermometers and disinfectant at each of our locations to ensure we are well stocked in case of shortages.  
    • Every staff member has been given access to a quick action protocol established if COVID-19 symptoms are exhibited.  
    • We have asked every staff member to take their temperature before reporting to work and call off if they are experiencing symptoms or call off if a loved one they live with is experiencing symptoms. If they are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, they must stay home. 
    • We are expecting high tech thermometers to arrive soon. Given the shortage of supplies, we are prioritizing sites with our most vulnerable individuals to receive these thermometers.   
    • Preparedness kits have been delivered to every direct support professional. These include additional sanitizing and health supplies. 
    • Daily education with staff on:
      • Performing preventative measures such as CDC-directed hand washing methods and teaching people we serve those same methods. 
      • Identifying symptoms of infection and activating LADD’s quick action protocol if infection is suspected.  
    • Preparing advanced levels of support with nurses and supervisors should it be needed. 
    • Aligning local, county and state resources to be ready if we have a confirmed case. 
 
 
Stay informed 
 
Sign up for additional communications from LADD, such as text or voice message updates here.  
 
View our Frequently Asked Questions at laddinc.org/covid-19-faq.   
 
View past updates at laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement.  
 
Email staysafe@laddinc.org if you have additional questions or concerns related to LADD’s plans and preparedness for COVID-19.  
 
Follow us at www.facebook.com/LADDInc
 
 
Join LADD Live, IRC and Fit For Life on Zoom
 
Join LADD on Zoom by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/110907018
 
Meeting ID: 110 907 018
 
Or you can dial by phone:
 
877 853 5257 US Toll-free
888 475 4499 US Toll-free
 
Meeting ID: 110 907 018
 
View the virtual events schedule at laddinc.org/calendar.
 
 
Centers for Disease Control and Ohio Department of Health Resources 
 
CDC Information about Coronavirus (available in Spanish and English) 
 
We remain uncompromising in our commitment to the safety, health and well-being of your loved one. Please email staysafe@laddinc.org if you have any questions or concerns.
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight 
CEO, LADD
To our LADD families and loved ones,  
 
As you know, the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving quickly. Today, Governor DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Acton issued an order for all residents to stay at home or their place of residence to fight this pandemic, beginning 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 23.
 
To be clear, LADD services are considered essential operations and LADD employees are considered essential workers under this order. We will continue to do our work and protect the people we support with no interruption. 
 
We will work even harder to not only ensure the health and safety of those we support, but to also provide some source of normalcy and comfort during this anxious time. Rest assured, we are taking every step possible to limit exposure and provide layers support to your loved ones as well as our employees.   
 
Here’s what the order means for us, as a provider of essential services: 
 
  • Each of our direct support professionals (DSPs) and program employees have a letter authorized by the Department of Developmental Disabilities stating their essential employee status. They will keep this letter on them at all times, as well as a digital copy on their mobile devices. 
 
  • We will continue to provide exceptional direct support to everyone we serve in the safest way possible.
    • Employees who do not provide direct support will continue to work remotely.  
    • Direct support professionals will continue to report to work and operate under the advanced precautions previously established.  
    • We have made it clear to employees they must stay at home if sick, use cough and sneeze etiquette and practice hand hygiene. They have been provided additional resources and details on those measures.  
 
  • We will further implement social distancing measures.
    • All people LADD supports are asked to respect the shelter-in-place order. 
    • We will work to ensure that those we support do not share personal items and maintain, as best they can, a six-foot distance from their neighbors or roommates. 
    • All employees and people we serve have been directed to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or use hand sanitizer as a backup. Soap and water, when used properly, has shown to be MORE effective than hand sanitizer.   
    • All employees and people we serve have been asked to cover coughs or sneezes (into sleeve or elbow – not hands) and refrain from shaking hands and/or touching. 
    • We will continue regularly disinfecting high-touch surfaces in all facilities.  
 
  • It is important to note we have already put into place many precautions needed to operate under a stay-at-home order. We are prepared for this.
    • We have ensured all programs are stocked with food and medicines.
    • We are well stocked with critical supplies and are continuing to stock up with additional supplies with the expectation that this goes on for some time. 
    • We will also have designated grocery and supply runners to limit travel and exposure.
  
  • We are working diligently to ensure that every person’s mental health in this time of social isolation is monitored.
    • Although social distancing is our highest priority in limiting the spread of COVID-19, we are concerned about the mental stress this pandemic may cause.
    • As such we are preemptively reaching out to counselors to set up virtual visits.
    • We are also creating virtual chat rooms for families and residents through Zoom to see and talk to each other. Details about this channel, called “LADD Live,” are below.
 
Join LADD Live on Zoom:
 
Read the entire Director’s Stay at Home Order here.  
 
Thank you for your continued commitment to LADD. We are a resilient community and we will get through these trying times together. If you have questions or concerns, please email staysafe@laddinc.org and visit laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement for past announcements.  
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Brownknight,  
CEO, LADD 

To LADD families and loved ones,   

COVID-19, or coronavirus, has proven to be an unprecedented crisis that is impacting every corner of our society. While experts predict the trajectory of the virus will continue to climb, the team at LADD is moving quickly, but thoughtfully to fight this pandemic and protect our people.  

As we pledged to you in our last email, we will continue to keep you informed with this weekly update and other communications as needed.  

Updates as of March 20, 2020: 

  • As of Friday afternoon, March 20, there are 169 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, with 14 confirmed cases in the Greater Cincinnati Region. 
  • Mike DeWine asks all of us to remain home. As such, we arenot allowing visitors in any facilities at this time.  
  • Please work with staff to coordinate communication with your loved one. LADD is utilizing Zoom software to assist in face-to-face updates.   
  • Every staff member has been given access to a quick action protocol established if COVID-19 symptoms are exhibited.  
  • We are asking every staff member reporting to any facilities to take their temperature before coming to work. If they have a temperature or are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, they must stay home. We are placing high-tech thermometers at sites starting next week. Given the shortage of supplies, we are prioritizing sites with our most vulnerable people to receive these thermometers.   
  • Preparedness kits have been delivered to every direct support professional. These include additional sanitizing and health supplies. 
  • We will soon be implementing text message updates and voice message updates (via an automatic phone call), in addition to these weekly email updates. Sign up for text or voice message updates here.  
  • We are developing new daily programming, called “LADD Live,” to help staff, the people we serve and families stay connected virtually. Join us for our first event, “How to Zoom & Puppet Movie Reviews with Marc Fried,” at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 23. Use Zoom to access the event. Directions are below.  
  • We have postponed all in-person events through April 15. Find more information here.  
  • We are continuing our advanced precautions:
    • Using sanitizing techniques, including disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day. 
    • Monitoring supply levels of necessary supplies such as hand sanitizer, thermometers and disinfectant at each of our locations to ensure we are well stocked in case of shortages. 
    • Daily education with staff on:
      • Performing preventative measures such as CDC-directed hand washing methods and teaching people we serve those same methods. 
      • Identifying symptoms of infection and activating LADD’s quick action protocol if infection is suspected.  
    • Preparing advanced levels of support with nurses and supervisors should it be needed. 
  • Aligning local, county and state resources to be ready if we have a confirmed case. 
  • We are ensuring we have mental health resources available for those we support to prevent, as best we can, feelings of isolation.   

Stay Informed

Sign up for additional communications from LADD, such as text or voice message updates here.  

View our Frequently Asked Questions at laddinc.org/covid-19-faq.   

View past updates at laddinc.org/covid-19-announcement.  

Email staysafe@laddinc.org if you have additional questions or concerns related to LADD’s plans and preparedness for COVID-19.  

Follow us www.facebook.com/LADDInc

Join LADD Live on Zoom  

At 2 p.m. each week day, Monday – Friday, go to: https://zoom.us/j/570364125?pwd=TjdoOTBsUHFtS3ByY3JqY1o5SWtwZz09  

Enter Meeting ID: 570 364 125 

Enter Password: 159711 

Centers for Disease Control and Ohio Department of Health Resources 

Our top priority has been, and will continue to be, the safety, health and well-being of your loved one. Please email staysafe@laddinc.org if you have additional questions or concerns related to LADD’s plans and preparedness for COVID-19. 

Sincerely,  

Susan Brownknight 

CEO, LADD 

All LADD and Over-The-Rhine International Film Festival events postponed through April 15. More information available here

To LADD families and loved ones,

Earlier this week we communicated with you about COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, and pledged to keep you informed. A cross-department workgroup has been created to manage this evolving challenge and plan accordingly to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our community.

On Wednesday, March 11, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley declared a state of the emergency to protect against the spread of COVID-19. There are currently only five confirmed cases in Ohio and zero confirmed cases in Cincinnati. However, this remains an unsettling time for our community, especially for those we serve who are uniquely vulnerable to this virus. In an abundance of caution to minimize the risk to our residents, employees and community partners:

  1. We will continue to provide exceptional direct support service to those we support and with increased vigilance. LADD’s main office will close to the general public beginning Monday, March 16. Employees not providing direct services will work remotely whenever possible. We will assess this approach weekly.
  1. All LADD events scheduled through April 1 are postponed.
  1. In light of Gov. Mike DeWine’s order to limit visitors in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, we are asking those we serve to limit their travel to essential travel only and visitors to immediate family members and guardians only. Please do not visit if you are sick, specifically if you are exhibiting symptoms of fever, cough or difficulty breathing. You will be screened and turned away if exhibiting symptoms.
  1. We are taking additional precautions to protect those we serve:
    • We will continue advanced sanitizing techniques, including disinfecting commonly touched surfaces throughout the day.
    • Nurses and supervisors are preparing advanced levels of support should it be needed.
    • We are monitoring supply levels of necessary equipment such as hand sanitizer, thermometers and disinfectant at each of our locations to ensure we are well stocked in case of shortages.
    • Our staff continue to receive 1-on-1 trainings to ensure they are able to:
      • Perform preventative measures such as CDC directed hand washing methods and teach people we serve those same methods.
      • Identify symptoms of infection and know LADD’s quick action protocol if infection is suspected.
  1. We have developed FAQs, available at https://laddinc.org/covid-19-faq/. This page will be updated as we continue to receive information and the situation evolves.

What you can do to help us keep your family members safe:

  • CDC is recommending older people or people with compromised health issues do not travel. Please keep this in mind if you have a family trip planned.
  • Please do not visit your family members living at LADD unless it is essential.
  • Please follow CDC hand washing and sanitizing techniques and help reinforce the importance of proper hand washing and social distancing with your family members.
  • Stay up to date on current information affecting Ohio. The Ohio Health Department has launched a Coronavirus hotline. The call center is staffed with public health officials including licensed nurses and infectious disease experts. The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
  • Contact staysafe@laddinc.org for questions or concerns related to LADD’s plans and preparedness for COVID-19.

Additional information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is available at the links below:

Program staff will be sending you an email with more specific information regarding program specific plans. Please expect weekly emails from me, as well as additional updates as this issue continues to evolve. If you have questions or concerns related to LADD’s plans and preparedness for COVID-19, please refer to our FAQs or email staysafe@laddinc.org. Updates and other communications will also be posted on LADD’s Facebook account at https://www.facebook.com/LADDInc.

Our top priority is ensuring your loved one is safe, healthy and supported, always. Thank you for your commitment to our work and this community.

Sincerely,

Susan Brownknight

CEO, LADD

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