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Leffen Center for Autism closing temporarily after positive case of COVID-19

The Bill and Virginia Leffen Center for Autism will be temporarily closed after a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.

Ozark Center administration will temporarily cease in-house operations at the Bill and Virginia Leffen Center for Autism after two staff members tested positive for coronavirus. One case was confirmed today. Acting with an abundance of caution and according to CDC guidelines, the facility has been sanitized and will close to allow for continued sanitization and ongoing social distancing as well as self-isolation.

Because of HIPAA standards, this is the extent of the information we can offer at this time. The Leffen Center has been (and will continue) operating according to CDC guidelines following social distancing protocols and masking regulations when appropriate.

“The number of clients exposed was limited as we were implementing a return to typical plan in a series of stages to bring back services to clients gradually,” said Dr. Dennis Estep, Freeman Health System Chief Medical Officer.

“These two cases are the first to impact the Ozark Center staff which numbers 640,” says Vicky Mieseler, Ozark Center Chief Administrative Officer. The Leffen Center has approximately 75 staff members who access different parts of the facility at various times.

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