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Increase in MUIs, Hospitalizations Indicate Need for Caution, Vigilance

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) remains dedicated to health and public safety as the department responds to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Data collected at the beginning of November by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ (DODD) Major Unusual Incidents Unit (MUI) show a 9.5% increase in hospitalizations and positive cases and a significant 21-day trend line increase over time. The MUI unit confirmed an additional 29 COVID-19 hospitalizations in the first week of November, with a cumulative total of 334 hospitalizations of individuals with confirmed COVID-19 in the DODD service system. There were 17 people who were not hospitalized but died of COVID-19 during this time, so while there have only been 334 COVID-19 hospitalizations, 351 individuals have tested positive.

It is important to note that MUI data only accounts for hospitalizations of people served and that positive tests not requiring hospitalization are not accounted for in these numbers. With a clear increase in community spread, some providers are also seeing alarming increases of positive tests from staff and people supported.

This increase in numbers shows a need for the system to re-commit to the basics to keep Ohioans with developmental disabilities safe and healthy. DODD encourages providers to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and direct support professionals (DSPs) are familiar with and follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) related to social distancing and personal hygiene.

  • If you are providing services to an individual in their home, a licensed facility, their work/day program, or in the community, you are required to wear a mask.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Ensure six feet of social distance when possible.
  • Be mindful, cautious, and safe when engaging in activities outside of work. Recognize that choices and exposure in the community will follow you back to work.

In addition, DODD support teams are available and consist of staff ready to help county boards and providers.

DODD has set up a dedicated web page for department communications and links to helpful resources that will advise people with disabilities, their families, service providers, direct support professionals, county boards of developmental disabilities, and the community at large.

For specific questions about COVID-19 and additional information and resources, DODD urges you to use the Ohio Department of Health’s call center. Call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634), or visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.