HUDSON — The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is being felt throughout the city, with institutions closing their doors as part of a statewide effort to contain the spread of the virus.
Hudson City Schools are closed until at least April 6, but Hudson City School District Superintendent Phil Herman noted, "it is possible that schools may be required to close for a longer period of time."
Gov. Mike DeWine on Sunday said, "We’ve informed the superintendents … that the odds are that this is going to go on a lot longer and it would not surprise me at all if schools did not open again this year."
Hudson City School District students will do remote learning from March 18 through 20, and then be on their regularly scheduled spring break from March 23 through 27, according to Herman. Remote learning will resume March 30 and, as of now, run through April 3.
Herman said the district on Sunday, March 15, confirmed through Summit County Public Health that the parent of a Hudson Middle School student has a case of COVID-19.
"Summit County Public Health confirmed that this student is in quarantine and is being monitored," wrote Herman in a message to district families. "…Summit County Public Health indicated that once there is a confirmed positive case, each known contact who needs to be quarantined according to existing protocols is contacted by the health department. The Summit County Public Health Department completed their calls to contacts [Saturday night]. If you have not been contacted, you are not considered at risk as a result of this case. Regardless, this case demonstrates that there is community spread of the virus in our community, and it is essential that we follow the recommendations of the CDC regarding prevention of the spread of the virus."
Western Reserve Academy students are now on their regularly scheduled spring break through March 30. When classes resume on March 31, students will spend two weeks in a distance learning module. As of now, in-person classes are scheduled to resume on April 14.
Hudson City Hall, other municipal facilities
As of noon on Monday, March 16, Hudson City Hall and all city facilities were closed to the public until further notice. The buildings that are closed to the public include Town Hall, Public Works, the Parks Office, Hudson Public Power, the Hudson Water Plant and the Cemetery Office.
"The city closed its offices out of an abundance of caution based on the governor's request for businesses to limit contact with the public and work remotely when possible," said city spokesperson Jody Roberts. "Citizens can still contact us by phone, through emails, and using our online services. Tuesday's city council meeting has also been canceled. Council will resume in April, after their already scheduled break."
Roberts added that all public meetings are canceled through "at least the beginning of April."
A staff directory can be found on the city’s website at www.hudson.oh.us/StaffDirectory. Bills can be paid online through the 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 the city through its Engage Hudson App, through email, through the website at "Report a Concern" (www.hudson.oh.us/ReportaConcern) or by calling the service department at 330-342-1750.
While the police station remains open, the city is encouraging residents to call 330-342-1800 if they need to speak with the police in non-emergency situations rather than visiting the station. People calling 911 for a medical emergency or other issue may be asked additional health questions so the 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. The police has also suspended fingerprinting assistance for non-criminal matters.
In general, the city’s service department will not schedule appointments where employees will need to enter someone’s home unless it is an emergency. The city encourages residents who are not feeling well or are otherwise self-quarantined or self-isolated to let city employees know that when they call for service.
Barlow Community Center remains closed, as well as the community rooms at City Hall, however, Barlow was scheduled to be open for the primary election on Tuesday, March 17.
For more information visit the city’s website at www.hudson.oh.us.
Hudson Library and Historical Society closed
The library and historical society is now closed for the next three weeks.
The library will remain closed until at least April 5, according to a news release issued Friday night.
"This decision was not made lightly," the news release stated. "The scientific evidence that social distancing can help stop the spread of the coronavirus was a compelling factor in making this difficult decision. We will continue to follow guidelines provided by our local, county and state health officials and the [CDC]."
Despite the closure, a library official said the Flood Meeting Room would remain open on Tuesday, March 17, for the primary election.
During this three-week time frame, the book drop bin will be closed, due dates and holds for materials will be extended and late fees will be waived.
Patrons can visit the library’s website at hudsonlibrary.org to access the facility’s digital resources.
Editor’s note: Randy Ludlow of the Columbus Dispatch contributed to this story.
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