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HUDSON, OH (March 15, 2020) – It has been reported on social media what appears to be the second Summit County case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Hudson. We are awaiting confirmation from Summit County Public Health. The Hudson resident is self-isolating at home, and Hudson safety forces are prepared to respond as needed to this resident.
With more people being tested for COVID-19, we can anticipate more confirmed cases throughout the State of Ohio, Summit County and in Hudson.
The City urges all citizens and visitors to take extra precautions to help protect the health and safety of our community. These precautions include avoiding areas with many people. If you must go out, use social distancing of at least six feet. Wash your hands often and use hand-sanitizer when washing isn’t available. Cover coughs and sneezes with your sleeve, and stay home if you feel sick, particularly if you have a fever, cough, headache, fatigue or respiratory distress.
Here are the things the City of Hudson is doing to help minimize the spread of the virus.
City Hall, City BuildingsEffective tomorrow at 12:00 noon, Monday, March 16, 2020, Hudson City Hall and all City facilities will be closed to the public until further notice. These include Town Hall, Public Works, Parks Office, Hudson Public Power, Hudson Water Plant and the Cemetery Office. City employees should report to work as usual on Monday.
If you need to contact City staff, please call or email. A staff directory is located on our City website at www.hudson.oh.us/StaffDirectory. Bills can be paid online through our website at www.hudson.oh.us/Utilities, or can be dropped into the bill drop-off box near the front entrance of City Hall off Terex Road. Issues or concerns can be forwarded to us through our Engage Hudson App, through email, through our website Report a Concern (www.hudson.oh.us/ReportaConcern) or by calling our service department at 330-342-1750.
City Council, Board, Commission MeetingsBeginning this week, all City Council Meetings and Workshops, as well as all Board and Commission meetings, will be closed to the public. In addition, we are canceling all non-essential board or commission meetings entirely.
Scheduled council workshops and meetings will be live streamed on the City’s website at www.hudson.oh.us/WatchMeetings. The meetings can also be viewed later on-demand. If citizens want to make public comments, we will publish an email address where residents can send their comments. The comments will be read during the meetings.
Safety ForcesWhile our police station will remain open, we encourage everyone to call 330-342-1800 if you need to speak with the police in non-emergency situations rather than coming to the station. If you call 911 for a medical emergency or other issue, you may be asked additional health questions so our Fire, EMS, and police know in advance and are prepared for any possible COVID-19 exposure. Certain police calls that normally would be handled in person may now be handled and documented by an officer over the phone. This will not affect officers responding to serious calls in person and will not affect the quality or safety of services provided. The Hudson Police Department has also suspended fingerprinting assistance for non-criminal matters.
Service DepartmentIn general, we will not be scheduling appointments where we will need to enter someone’s home during this time unless it is an emergency. We encourage residents who are not feeling well or otherwise self-quarantined or self-isolated let us know that when you call for service.
Barlow Community Center/Community RoomsBarlow Community Center remains closed, as well as the community rooms at City Hall. Barlow will be open for Tuesday’s primary election.
Working together and adhering to safety precautions, we will make it through this difficult and challenging time.
Please visit the City’s website for more information at www.hudson.oh.us.