Statement on Recent COVID19 Cases Among Staff at Ohio DRC Facilities

SEIU District 1199 continues to encourage work-from-home status for as many workers as possible, especially as community spread and COVID19 transmission increase, which may result in greater risk to workers with the State of Ohio.

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 
For more information, contact: Joshua Norris at (877) 419-7348

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Between November 8th (view data) and December 9th (view data) reports from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction show that 1,232 staff members with ODRC have tested positive for COVID19. “Workers with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction are going to work every day and system-wide over 1,232 staff members have tested positive for COVID19 since November 8th,” said Joshua Norris, an Executive Vice President with SEIU District 1199. “As of November 8th, there were just 1,700 staff cases but there have been 2,932 staff cases at present,” continued Norris.  

“Facilities with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction have reported 2,932 positive tests among staff with over 120 lives lost, including 7 staff members,” said Norris. “Public employees with the State of Ohio have been bravely working on the frontlines of this crisis,” continued Norris.  

SEIU District 1199 continues to advocate for as many members as possible to be granted work-from-home status, especially given the recent spread of COVID19. Heightened levels of community spread may result in increased COVID19 cases in such settings and increase transmission of the virus among staff and others.

SEIU District 1199 represents health care workers and staff members who provide services on behalf of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. SEIU District 1199 also represents workers with OhioMHAS Recovery Services.

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