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Salem Health District reopening office

SALEM–The Salem City Health District will reopen its office to the public starting Tuesday for birth and death certificates and June 1 for the immunization clinic.

“We are setting guidelines to resume services at the Salem City Health District. We are creating protocols to keep our employees and the people we serve safe,” a press release said.

Plexiglass is being installed as a safety precaution for the registrar, but until then, citizens will be asked to fill out the application for the certificate they seek in the hallway and knock on the door for assistance. The transaction will take place through the door.

Once the plexiglass is up, citizens will wait to be called into the office and enter one at a time.

Office hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Everyone who enters the building will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

For immunizations, an appointment must be made by calling the office at 330-332-1618. The public health nurse will give them directives when the appointment is made, the release said, also noting that all surfaces will be disinfected between patients.

The plans for reopening the office to the public were discussed during a recent meeting of the city health board. Public Information Officer Lynle Hayes said the reopening for birth and death certificates coincides with the reopening of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles office. The issuance of birth certificates decreased, which she said could be related to the shutdown of the BMV because the newer driver’s license requires a birth certificate.

According to Hayes, much of the discussion during the meeting dealt with COVID-19, from the numbers of people affected to complaints handled by the environmental director related to violations of directives for wearing masks and social distancing.

There was also discussion regarding a grant for recouping funding spent for contact tracing. That’s the process used to contact anyone who may have come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Hayes said the city could receive up to $6,000 per month, depending on how much work had to be done. The grant, which will be handled through the Columbiana County General Health District, may reimburse the city health district.

In other business, the board approved the signing of a new lease with Kent State University for health board offices at the KSU City Center on North Lincoln Avenue. The lease includes a 2 percent increase in the monthly rent from $5,618 to $5,730.

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