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Posted on: March 12, 2020

COVID-19: Clark County making preparations for continued operations

SPRINGFIELD, OH (March 12, 2020) – The Board of Clark County Commissioners is taking precautions to keep essential government services running efficiently in case of a possible COVID-19 outbreak in Clark County. For example, the county will need to ensure that water and sewer services are not interrupted, law enforcement and child protective services remain in place and court systems continue to run efficiently.

While no cases have been confirmed in Clark County, it’s never too soon to start preparing in light of the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency for Ohio, said Clark County Commissioner Melanie Flax Wilt.

“We’re making proactive, common sense plans to be able to serve the public in the case of an epidemic,” Flax Wilt said. “As far as we’re concerned, it’s business as usual with practical healthy precautions.”

Clark County departments have continuity of operations plans that allow them to continue to serve the public in case of an emergency. Examples of these simple precautions include: * Creating separate work locations for essential personnel to prevent the possible spread of a virus among staff members in certain departments. * Encouraging employees who may be sick to go home. * Any non-essential personnel may be permitted to work from home based on their job duties * Reducing large group meetings and replacing necessary non-public meetings with video and phone conferencing. The Board is also asking the public to perform business online as much as possible, such as e-mailing job applications. County Departments will also be performing extra cleaning to mitigate the spread of illness.


Media contact:

Clark County | Michael Cooper, Public Information Officer, 937-521-2031

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