DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, along with officials with Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County, updated the city’s COVID-19 procedures during a news conference Monday.
Shelley Dickstein, Dayton’s city manager, said that effective immediately, all city employees will be required wear a mask while inside city buildings — regardless of vaccination status. This also applies to anyone entering these buildings.
Dickstein and Whaley said the city is considering implementing mandatory vaccines for all city employees.
“Over the last two weeks, we have received reports of more than a dozen of our fellow employees having tested positive, requiring many more unvaccinated employees to quarantine using their own leave,” said Dickstein. “And at least one of those employees has spent the last several days in intensive care at a local hospital.”
Dickstein also confirmed that one city employee has died due to complications related to COVID-19 in that timeframe.
This comes as the Ohio Department of Health is tracking a steady increase in cases across the state. Montgomery County has now shifted from having a “substantial” level of community transmission to “high,” which is the highest designation given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This is a developing story and WDTN.com will update it when new information becomes available.