Kids Place: Knox County Health Dept lifts closure order, awaits TDHS decision

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Kids Place and E. Coli

The Knox County Health Department has lifted it’s closure order for the Baby House at Kids Place on Millertown Pike following five cases of E. Coli reported at the daycare, according to a press release on behalf of Kids Place, Inc.

The daycare facility is now awaiting similar approval from the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

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TDHS released a statement saying “at this time we’re not ready to allow kids to return to the daycare yet.”

Dr Martha Buchanan, head of the Knox County Health Dept, wrote Kids Place that the facility successfully completed mitigation steps, which included environmental cleaning, infection control education of the staff by the health department, a written infection control plan regarding animal exposure, closing of the pool at the facility until June 18 and completion of food and facilities inspections.

“Thank you for your cooperation with the Knox County Health Department in our efforts to reduce the spread of E. coli,” Buchanan wrote to Kids Place. “As discussed, the Tennessee Department of Human Services as your regulatory authority will have final say regarding lifting their closure; however, from the public health perspective, the imminent health threat has been mitigated and it is safe for the Baby House to resume operations.”

Once DHS makes a determination, Kids Place will notify parents of its plans for opening the facilities.

“We appreciate the assistance and guidance from the Knox County Health Department and the Tennessee Department of Human Services. Our thoughts remain with all of the children and their families who have been affected by this serious health issue,” they said in a press release.

Kids Place says the safety of all children remains the top priority.

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