Ozark Center temporarily closes in-house operations at Autism facility

Bill and Virginia Leffen Center

JOPLIN, Mo. – Area families are affected by a temporary closure at the Bill and Virginia Leffen Center for Autism.

Ozark Center administration says it will temporarily stop in-house operations at the Autism facility after two staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

The Ozark Center is a part of the Freeman Health System. In a release, Freeman stated, “Acting with an abundance of caution and according to CDC guidelines, the facility will close to allow for sanitization and ongoing social distancing as well as self-isolation.”

The news release continued, “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.”

Bill and Virginia Leffen Center for Autism offers diagnostic, treatment and education services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

KOAM’s Andi Sioteco will have the story tonight on KOAM News.