Effective Monday, March 23, KETCH day services (PACE, PACE2, ALS, WORK and Osage) will be closed due to COVID-19. This closure will be re-evaluated after a 14 day period. This action is in the interest of taking precautionary measures to protect our persons served and staff, and to reduce the chance of exposure. We greatly apologize for any inconvenience.
KETCH leadership will continue to carefully monitor COVID-19, and continue to follow all Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE), Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) prevention guidelines. As an organization, we are dedicated to holding the health and safety of all persons served and staff as our first priority.
As of Monday, March 23, KETCH will be suspending daily transportation services for persons who receive day only services. Due to our current situation with COVID-19, we are taking all precautions per the CDC guidelines for social distancing and other measures to protect persons served.
Consistent with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ guidance recently released for nursing facilities, new restrictions on visitors and non-essential individuals KETCH residential and day program locations are in place:
• Restricts all visitors, effective immediately, with exceptions for compassionate care, such as end-of-life situations;
o No one showing signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat is allowed on residential or day program locations.
o No one having been in contact with a person with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 is allowed on residential or day program locations.
o No one having traveled to the states California, New York and Florida since March 15 or within the last 14 days is allowed on residential or day program locations.
o No one having traveled to countries with sustained community transmission within the last 14 days is allowed on residential or day program locations. Currently those countries include Italy, Iran, China and South Korea. An updated listing of these countries can be found at www.cdc.gov/…/2019-…/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html
• Restricts all volunteers and nonessential health care personnel and other personnel;
• Restricts internal and public group activities or appointments;
• Implements active screening of residents and health care personnel for fever and respiratory symptoms;
• Redirects vendors and deliveries to alternate sites on campuses; and
• Closes facilities on residential and day program locations to the general public.
Parents and guardians of residents participating in KETCH residential and day programs are being asked not to come to these locations and instead check with administration about alternative ways to communicate with their loved ones. Each residential area will work to accommodate visitors via telephone or video if possible.
For more information on COVID-19 visit the Kansas Department for Health and Environment’s Resource Center at: www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus.
Based on KDHE recommendations, people that experience a fever are encouraged to remain home for 72 hours after the fever is gone without medication.
In the interest of taking precautionary measures to protect our persons served and staff, all meetings at KETCH with external participants will be held via conference call. Phone call details will be provided as requested.
KETCH leadership is carefully monitoring COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As an organization, we are following all Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE), Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) prevention guidelines.
The health and safety of all persons served and staff is always our top priority. Therefore, KETCH leadership is taking measures to reduce the chance of exposure to persons served, families and staff.
Please do not visit a person served if you or someone in your family:
- Has a fever of 100°F or higher
- Has a cough or shortness of breath
- Has visited an person with a COVID-19 outbreak in the last 14 days
- Has or has been exposed to a contagious or infectious disease such as COVID-19, Influenza, Chicken Pox, Strep Throat, Pink-Eye, etc.
- Has been acting ill or excessively tired and has a cold with drainage from the nose
- Has been vomiting, has diarrhea, or a contagious skin rash
All staff at KETCH follow Universal Precautions for prevention of avoiding bodily fluids. We encourage all visitors to follow these additional guidelines:
- Wash hands with soap and water frequently for a minimum of 20 seconds
- Use hand sanitizer if soap is not available
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cough or sneeze into the crease of your non-dominant elbow
- Avoid touching your face
- Frequently clean all touched surfaces
We want to assure you that KETCH leadership is continuing to monitor and respond as appropriate. We want to thank everyone for their quick response and flexibility as we continue to take the necessary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We will keep you informed as things change.