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Protecting the most vulnerable in our society from the coronavirus has become the predominant theme of shelter from home efforts and a Piatt County mental health professional is concerned about his community's developmentally disabled community.

 

Tony Kirkman is the Executive Director of the Piatt County Mental Health Center and says his agency is taking appropriate precautions during this pandemic to keep their clients safe.

 

 

According to Kirkman, his concerns for their developmentally disabled is very high because not only do some compromised immune systems and so they are taking every precaution to keep them out of harm's way during this time.

 

 

As these individuals seek shelter during this time, Kirkman says if the coronavirus gets into one of the facilities these individuals are at, it could become a very serious condition.

 

 

President Trump has discussed the possibility of opening up areas of the United States that are considered low risk. With no confirmed cases as of the weekend in Piatt or DeWitt Counties, Kirkman says it would still be hard to ensure low-risk areas don't see infections from people in infected areas. 

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