Information will be updated periodically

Information of Policies Regarding Corona Virus, COVID-19

 

UPDATED 3/23/20

Per guidelines from OPWDD, effective immediately, Learning Disabilities Association has suspended our Day Hab services (Starlight is Closed) and are providing Community (residential) hab support via telephone and essential services only. Individualized Residential Alternatives (IRAs) will suspend all visitations, with the exception of medical or clinical necessity. In an attempt to contain COVID-19, we are implementing this new policy to protect the health and well-being of the people who live in our residences.Please note, that any medically essential visitors will still be subject to our screening process and anyone who presents symptoms of illness, has recently traveled to higher at risk areas labeled by the CDC, or has been in contact with those who may be exposed to COVID-19, will not be allowed to enter the site.

 

We understand this is a confusing and fearful time. Because the coronavirus is highly contagious for up to 14 days before a carrier is presenting symptoms, it is important we continue to practice social distancing for everyone’s safety. Many of the individuals we support are at a higher risk for complications than the general public. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy during this time of uncertainty. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 716-874- 7200 or at ldaofwny.org

 

 

 

 

UPDATED 3/18/20:

We would like to reassure you that the well-being of the people we serve is of the utmost importance to us and that we are committed to the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the individuals that we serve.   Given the recent developments around the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, LDA of WNY is actively working on preparedness and response plans. We are bolstering procedures to ensure that our standards of hygiene and cleanliness at all of our sites align with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) recommendations.  At this time we have NO known confirmed or suspected cases within our Agency. 

              

As COVID-19 is an emerging and rapidly evolving situation, LDA of WNY Management is monitoring information being released by WHO, CDC, NYS’s Department of Health (NYS DOH), OPWDD, and other governmental resources, to ensure that we are up to date and in compliance with the most current recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and to make all other informed and fact-based decisions. In order to mitigate the risk of infection, we ask that all LDA of WNY employees, program participants and visitors abide by the following practices:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a disposable tissue and discard in trash immediately.  

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.  

  • Stay home if you are sick – unless it is to seek medical attention.  

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available.

  • Wash your hands before and after handling food, using the restroom and coming into contact with someone indicating signs of illness. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

With regards to visitation to programs and certified sites, including our residences, we are implementing visitation policies and procedures in order to minimize the risk of exposure to all of our program participants and employees. The guidelines come directly from NY State Department of Health, and restrict any face – to – face contacts with anyone who has traveled outside the country, anyone who had contact with any person who has symptoms or is suspected of having the virus, and anyone who has symptoms of a respiratory infection.  Anyone planning of visiting a site or a person will be asked those three questions and if any answer is “yes”, they will not be allowed to visit until all answers are “no”.     

              

As this situation evolves, we will continue to modify our plans as needed in order to deliver these priorities and will keep you abreast of further developments. Also, please visit the LDA of WNY website for any new information. For questions, please contact your local department of health or the NYS DOH Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline at 1-888-3643065. We also encourage you to keep up to date about COVID-19, its treatment and prevention by visiting the following websites:

                

CDC’s dedicated Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) website: http://www.cdc.gov/nCov

                

NYSDOH’s dedicated (COVID-19) website: http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus

A letter from LDA of WNY CEO, Marc Hennig regarding the health and safety of our community due to the threat of Corona Virus and Covid-19

TO:                  Employees, Program Participants

FROM:             Marc Hennig C.E.O., LDA of WNY Management

DATE:             March 12, 2020

RE:                  Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

LDA of WNY is committed to the protection of the health, safety and welfare of all of our employees and individuals that we serve. Given the recent developments around the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, we would like to reassure you that your well-being is of utmost importance to us and that we are actively working on business preparedness and response plans. At this time we have NO known confirmed cases within our Agency.

 

LDA of WNY is currently implementing procedures to ensure our standards of hygiene and cleanliness within all of our sites align with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) recommendations to reduce exposure to and transmission of illness in the workplace.

 

As COVID-19 is an emerging and rapidly evolving situation, LDA of WNY Management is monitoring information being released by WHO, CDC, NYS’s Department of Health (NYS DOH) OPWDD, and other governmental resources, to ensure that we are up to date and in compliance with the most current recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and to make all other informed and fact-based decisions. In order to mitigate the risk of infection, we ask that all employees, program participants and visitors of LDA of WNY abide by the following practices:

 

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  2. Cover your cough or sneeze with a disposable tissue and discard in trash immediately.

  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  5. Stay home if you are sick – unless it is to seek medical attention.

  6. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available.

  7. Wash your hands before and after handling food, using the restroom and coming into contact with someone indicating signs of illness.

 

Employees and program participants are asked to stay home if they experience any of the signs of illness associated with COVID-19, which are: fever, cough, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue/tiredness, sore throat, headache, and diarrhea/nausea. Employees should continue to abide by LDA of WNY’s PTO and Personnel Policies. Any exceptions to such policies must go through the employee’s immediate supervisor for direct approval by LDA of WNY’s CEO. Employees should feel free to contact their supervisor with any questions.

 

With regards to visitations to programs and certified sites including our residences, we are implementing visitation policies and procedures in order to minimize the risk of exposure to all of our employees and program participants. Specific information regarding the visitation policies and procedures will be released shortly.

 

Our top priorities are the health and safety of all of our employees and our program participants, as well as maintaining a high level of service to our program participants. As this situation evolves, we will continue to modify our plans as needed in order to deliver these priorities. 

 

We appreciate your continued dedication and support with assisting us in all of these efforts.

 

Attached are some general information documents issued by the CDC related to COVID-19. For questions, please contact your local department of health or the NYS DOH Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline at 1-888-364-3065. We also encourage you to keep up to date about COVID-19, its treatment and prevention by visiting the following websites:

 

  • CDC’s dedicated Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) website:

http://www.cdc.gov/nCov

 

  • NYSDOH’s dedicated (COVID-19) website:

http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus     

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