We are continuing to monitor concerns surrounding the coronavirus disease, or COVID-19. Like many of you, we are watching daily for any new news and updates including Sedgwick County, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).Our top priority is always the health and safety of those we serve and their families, as well as that of our employees and volunteers. We have been discussing with partners like the park department on their level of concern for programming. Canceling events we do not take likely. Many of those we serve look forward to these events and activities and many of our working families depend on the support that programs provide.
Sedgwick County now has a ban on events with more than 10 individuals. A list of events and activities that have been canceled or postponed are on our homepage. Sadly we expect many others will follow, but ultimately it is for the health and safety of those we serve and their families.
We are Minimizing Face-to-Face Contact
The Arc’s case management team is continuing to be here for the support of their families, but are putting measures in place to limit direct interactions. Whenever possible, meetings and information being shared will be done virtually by phone, email or other mechanism to reduce face-to-face contact. Though staff may be in the office, we are asking that no one “drop in” to visit staff. If you need to meet face-to-face with your case manager or other staff member, we ask that you schedule the meeting in advance. Minimizing contacts not only protects staff here, but more importantly protects those they may later come in contact with health issues making this disease that much more deadly. As always staff and volunteers are asked to not come in if they are sick.
We ask that these recommendations be closely followed:
- Stay a minimum distance of 6 feet (social distancing)
- Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds;
- Use hand sanitizer, if soap isn’t available;
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have access to something disposable, such as a tissue or paper towel, cough or sneeze into your elbow. Do not utilize the palm of your hand;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
- Stay home when you are sick and keep sick children at home;
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Social story for precautions
These recommendations are not new to us as they are the same precautions we continually take to prevent the transmission of the common cold, flu, and other illnesses. The current situation regarding coronavirus reminds us of the need to diligently practice these precautions. Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding