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In the wake of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shortening the isolation time for people infected with COVID-19 to five days, Guernsey County commissioners on Thursday voted not to change the current 10-day policy for county employees.
"After meeting with Rose (Ball) from the Guernsey County Health Department and Prosecutor Lindsey Angler, we decided not to change the policy in our employee handbook at this time," said Commissioner Dave Wilson.
"We decided to meet with Rose and Lindsey after the CDC changed its recommendation to five days for quarantines and isolation, but we are not making any changes. We will evaluate it again in the future and changes could be made at that time."
The CDC recommends people with COVID-19 including the Omicron variant, should isolate for five days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by five days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter.
The CDE reported the change was motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1 to 2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2 to 3 days after onset.
In other business:
Commissioners approved a resolution establishing payroll sources for Teresa Yakubik, who works for the county in an administrative position at the Guernsey County Dog Shelter and as a bookkeeper at Countryview Assisted Living on County Home Road.
Effective Jan. 1, Countryview Assisted Living will fund 16 hours per pay and one-half of Yakubik's insurance while the county covers the remaining hours and insurance.
Yakubik will be employed at the dog shelter four days a week and Countryview Assisted Living the fifth day of each week.
Commissioners approved a petition for annexation of four parcels (1.104 acres) located in Cambridge Township into the City of Cambridge. The petition was submitted by legal counsel for property owner Scott Bishop.
A public hearing for the annexation request is scheduled for 9: 30 a.m. on March 3 at the Guernsey County Administration Building.
Allocation of the monthly sales tax revenue for 2022 was established by commissioners.
Fifty percent of the revenue will go to the county's General Fund with the remaining funds be divided monthly between the General Fund, $123,955; County Building Funds, $30,000; 2003 Bond Series Debt Retirement Fund, $23,000; and Sheriffs Cruiser Acquisition Fund, $15,000.
Any excess sales tax revenue will be deposited in the county's Special Projects Fund.
Commissioners approved agreements with the Old Washington and Lore City volunteer fire departments with $1,000 in funding apiece to cover services in the county.
The agreement with Old Washington covers fire protection and emergency medical services to unincorporated areas of the county, including the Guernsey County Fairgrounds and Countryview Assisted Living.
The agreement with Lore City covers fire protection and/or first responder rescue apparatus and firemen/first responders for the purpose of extinguishing fires and providing emergency medical service at the fairgrounds and Countryview Assisted Living facility.
Both agreements are effective Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2022.
Commissioners signed an internal correspondence regarding four session of a Cyber Security workshop to accommodate county employees.
Finally, approval was given for the following annual appropriations during 2022:
- Byesville Beautification, $1,350.
- Cambridge Main Street, $4,000.
- Guernsey County Community Improvement Corporation, $90,000.
- Guernsey County Fair Board, $4,000.
- Guernsey County Park District, $4,000.
- SouthEast Area Transit, $6,000.
Guernsey County commissioners meet each Tuesday and Thursday at the County Administration Building, 627 Wheeling Ave. in downtown Cambridge. Call the office, 740-432-9200, for more information or to be placed on a meeting agenda.
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