Public health organizations have made it clear that we can take preventive steps now to slow community spread. While there are currently no confirmed COVID-19 cases at UCP, here are some of the proactive steps we are taking:
- On March 16, 2020, the UCP of Georgia administrative office in Chamblee will close, but agency operations will continue. Administrative staff will be actively working remotely from home, and community living support services in UCP homes will continue (with alternate staff schedules in some cases). We will reassess in weekly increments to determine when it is safe to reopen.
- On March 16, 2020, all UCP Day Programs in Georgia will close. We will reassess in weekly increments to determine when it is safe to reopen.
- We are monitoring the wellness of the people we support in community living situations very closely, including identification of those whom the CDC deems at high risk due to age or existing medical condition. We have temporarily ceased travel and community activities for everyone we support, and are strictly limiting visitors in order to minimize risk of infection.
- We have implemented a new cleaning protocol in addition to our daily cleaning regimen which includes frequent disinfecting of shared surfaces and frequently touched surfaces (such as light switches, door handles, faucets, etc.) in all UCP homes.
- We are reemphasizing the importance of observing Universal Precautions and frequent, thorough hand washing to staff and those we support.
- We are closely tracking incidences of employee illness to confirm they have access to care and will remain away from work until they are well.