Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – 03/19/2020
Message to The Hamaspik of Rockland Family,
We remain committed to providing you with up-to-date and accurate information. You will find trusted resources and guidance for responding to COVID-19 below, and we will be updating these links regularly as the situation evolves. The health and safety of ALL members of our community is a priority.
We have an Emergency Management Team in place, reporting and acting on all issues pertaining to this crisis. We are regularly reviewing our response plans and procedures to ensure the health and safety of our families, individuals and staff, while minimizing disruption of our operations, and continue to emphasize best practices for infection control.
Hamaspik is monitoring information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York Department of Health (DOH), and working directly with The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to address safety protocols specific to our field and the people we support.
We wish to update you on new precautionary developments affecting changes to our services. All Hamaspik of Rockland’s Day Services Programs, are temporarily suspended effective March 18, 2020.
- People who live in any of our residences, will be provided with Day Services in the residence in which they reside
- For those who reside in the community with their families, we will share access to available resources and day supports. Additionally, Hamaspik of Rockland will continue to explore our ability to provide supports within the home for families that might prefer this option and for whom staff is available.
- Early Development class locations are closed for an indefinite period.
- Essential administrative functions will continue.
Hamaspik of Rockland has taken steps to keep our population safe. Deep sanitizing has taken place and continues to take place daily using CDC/EPA approved products, sanitizing of the common areas and offices at ALL Hamaspik of Rockland locations.
In accordance with requirements from regulatory agencies and public health experts we suspended ALL visits to our IRA’s.
Please be mindful of the following precautions, recommended by the New York State Department of Health to minimize contracting the virus which are very similar to the usual steps we take to avoid the cold and flu:
- Stay home if you are sick. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing — do not use your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
- Do not shake hands. Instead, wave or elbow bump.
- If you have family or friends who are elderly, have compromised immune systems or chronic respiratory or coronary issues, do not visit them if you feel sick. Stay home and keep your loved ones safe.
- Consider telecommuting, biking or walking to work if possible.
- Consider staggering working hours.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or disinfecting wipes.
- Get your flu shot. Although the flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19, it will help prevent the flu which has similar symptoms to this coronavirus.
For additional information, please visit the following websites: