Information Related to CDC’s Recommendation on Masks
Dear Lakemary Families:
Over the weekend, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where “other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, and especially in areas of significant community-based transmission”. The CDC has also recommended the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus, and to prevent people who may have the virus (unknowingly), from transmitting it to others. Using these recommendations as our guide, starting Wednesday, April 8, 2020 all Lakemary Center employees will be provided with and wear cloth face masks/coverings.
The health and safety of all the individuals served throughout our programs and staff continues to be our first priority. We serve a vulnerable population, and want to ensure that we are doing everything that we can to prevent the start or spread of illness.
As we monitor the situation, we continue to enhance certain cleaning protocols and providing additional resources, including:
- Providing and using CDC/EPA-approved cleaning agents in all environments.
- Ensuring all bathrooms are continuously stocked with soap and paper towels, and encouraging individuals served and staff to wash hands frequently.
- Making hand sanitizer available for use in all program areas.
- Ensuring all staff providing direct care and medical support have the resources and guidance needed to detect and report symptoms exhibited and provide help for any affected individuals.
- Utilizing backpack sprayer systems to administer safe disinfecting spray throughout the Center and resident homes.
Working in close partnership with the local and state health departments, we will continue to update our protocols as the situation evolves and will communicate about any possible impact to individuals served and staff. We will keep you informed of the latest information.
More information on the national situation can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/
More information on the situation in Kansas can be found here: http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm
If you would like to donate homemade masks or contribute to the COVID-19 Response Fund, please visit https://lakemary.org/covid-19-response-fund/
As we move through this unusual time with the health and safety of the individuals served and our staff, we will continue to follow all guidance and take all appropriate measures accordingly.
Dr. Shalaunda Gray, MD
Dr. Courtnie Cain, LP
Director of Health & Clinical Services
Gianna Gariglietti, M.Ed., LCPC