DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton city employees who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 will soon have to submit to weekly testing.
According to protocol documents from the city, employees will be required to show proof of vaccination, or be subjected to weekly testing. The requirement will go into effect on September 20.
At a press conference Tuesday, Shelley Dickstein, Dayton’s city manager, said the weekly testing is put in place to help the city and herself continue to fulfill responsibilities to taxpayers and employees.
“COVID has continued to spread amongst the organization and it will continue to have impacts on our ability to deliver services and our ability to keep a safe work environment,” said Dickstein.
Dickstein said she has received mixed reactions from employees on the requirement, but reiterated that her responsibility is to provide a safe workplace.
“You have a personal choice here, but I also have an obligation to create a safe working environment for all 1,800 employees.”
On August 2, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, along with officials with Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County, said masks will be mandatory again for city employees and the public when in city buildings. The update was made after a recent COVID outbreak among staff members, according to Dickstein.
“This is a really challenging time,” said Dickstein. “It’s incredibly difficult for leaders trying to lead through this pandemic.”
Dickstein said the city is in contact with Public Health and taking direction from the department.