Due to an increase in COVID cases nationally, and within Sedgwick County, the CDC has changed mask recommendations to require individuals to wear masks in indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status. Effective 07/28/2021, KETCH will return to requiring masks for all staff and as tolerated for persons served at all KETCH owned and operated facilities, vehicles, etc.
Job seekers looking to make a difference in the community are wanted! KETCH is holding a Career Fair on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 from 3-7p.m. at 230 South Ida. Please bring your resume or job history, and we would love to interview you! Join the team at KETCH, enjoying the reward of empowering adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to reach their highest level of independence.
Today, the Sedgwick County Commissioners voted to rescind the mandate to wear masks and maintain social distance. However, out of respect for the health and safety of persons served, staff, and families, KETCH will continue to follow the same routines that have been in place over the past year.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
KETCH will follow the Unplanned Facility Closure policy on Monday, February 15, 2021. Day programs and transportation services will be closed due to the frigid temperatures. Direct care staff report to assigned location, and non-direct care staff report to the downtown KETCH facility.
Effective Thursday February 4, 2021, the KETCH transportation service will be running.
KETCH day programs will reopen on Monday, January 25. Due to a COVID-19 exposure, KETCH transportation services will remain closed until further notice.
KETCH will have an unplanned facility closure on Friday, January 22.
All essential direct care staff report to alternate locations. All other staff report to the downtown office.
Exciting news! Effective Monday, January 18, 2021, KETCH is ready to welcome all day programs (Adults Life Skills, Osage, PACE, and PACE II) back to the downtown facility, along with individuals who have already returned to the WORK program.
KETCH transportation will also resume regular routes.
As we continue to follow guidelines and safeguards outlined by local authorities, please be prepared for delays as temperatures will be recorded and questions answered prior to approved entry to programs.
Your patience for this long-awaited announcement is appreciated.
We are happy to announce that the WORK program will re-open on Monday January 4, 2021. Persons in quarantined residential locations will remain in place for the appropriate timeline.
Persons served in the other day programs (Adult Life Skills, Osage, PACE, PACE II) will continue to shelter in place within their home.
In response to WORK (201 S. Ida) being an identified COVID-19 cluster, and as an added precautionary measure and opportunity to help the community stop the spread, the WORK program will close effective Tuesday, December 15th.
This decision was made in consideration of the health and safety of our persons served, staff, and community, and will be re-evaluated in the next two weeks.
Updates for reopening the WORK program will be posted on the KETCH website (www.ketch.org) and the KETCH Facebook page.
As announced by the local media, KETCH was identified as having a COVID-19 cluster.
All staff and persons served at KETCH continue to take maximum precautions by:
• Wearing masks
• Monitoring temperature and potential illness
• Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing,
• Surface disinfecting
• Social distancing
• Limiting visitors
• Isolating and quarantine when appropriate.
All persons involved have been isolated for the appropriate time period according to CDC and local guidelines. The identified COVID-19 cluster cases are in sporadic settings and not exclusively clustered at one location.
We are thankful for all of our staff for persevering during this tremendously challenging year, and ask for continued patience and support as we do all we can to limit the spread.
Due to the rise in the percentage of positive COVID-19 cases in Sedgwick County, the KETCH transition plan updated 09/02/2020 will remain the same with the smaller groups visiting day program sites on a rotational schedule.
All areas will continue to apply standard precautionary measures, including no visitors and no guests allowed in the buildings, and transportation services will remain closed. Management will continue to monitor the percentage of positive COVID-19 cases in Wichita and provide further updates.
KETCH is ready to initiate a gradual transition for persons served in the KETCH Community Living program to return to KETCH day program locations. This plan will be implemented through a rotational schedule, beginning 9/8/2020, so that smaller groups are at the day program site. Individuals in the WORK program will follow their current schedule.
All areas will continue to apply standard precautionary measures, including no visitors and no guests allowed in the buildings, and transportation services will remain closed. Staff members will continue to monitor the percentage of positive COVID-19 cases in Wichita.
We request patience and understanding as we begin this re-entry process. We are all excited to see each other and are working to make it as safe a transition as possible.
With further limitations placed on Wichita of gatherings no larger than 15 people, participants in KETCH day programs (ALS, PACE, PACE II, CI and Osage) will remain sheltered within their home. KETCH will provide an update as local officials release additional details.
The WORK program and staff working at the downtown facility will continue following precautionary measures, with the No Visitor policy remaining in effect.
In light of concern surrounding the recent record-high levels of COVID-19 cases in Wichita, the best option is for KETCH day programs (ALS, PACE, PACE II, CI, and Osage) to continue sheltering in place at designated locations through Friday, July 31, 2020. KETCH will continue to monitor the local status of cases and provide an update.
The WORK program and staff working at the downtown facility will continue following precautionary measures, with the No Visitor policy remaining in effect.
Effective Friday 7/10/2020, KETCH will follow Phase 3 guidelines set by Governor Kelly and modified by Sedgwick County, to maintain groups no larger than 45 people.
KETCH day programs (ALS, PACE, PACE II, CI and Osage) will continue to remain at designated locations through Friday, July 17th. The WORK program and staff working at the downtown facility will continue following precautionary measures, with the No Visitor policy remaining in effect.
As result of the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the state of Kansas, KETCH day programs (ALS, PACE, PACE II and Osage) will remain closed through Friday, July 17.
KETCH WORK program and staff working at the downtown facility will continue to follow the Phase 2 guidelines of maintaining groups no larger than 20 people, as well as all of the other precautionary measures recommended.
In following guidelines set by Sedgwick County’s Health Officer Dr. Garold Minns, KETCH day programs (ALS, PACE, PACE II, and Osage) will remain at designated locations through Friday July 3. KETCH WORK program and staff working at the downtown facility will continue to follow the Phase 2 guidelines of maintaining groups no larger than 20 people, as well as all of the other precautionary measures recommended.
We are hopeful that Phase 3 will be in place effective Monday July 6, 2020, when we can welcome everyone back. Further updates will be provided as directives are received prior to July 6.
There are no new changes at KETCH in light of the 1.5 phase of the governor’s re-opening plan.
As COVID-19 awareness increased for this country, and prior to the state and local government’s Stay At Home order, KETCH heightened its levels of precautions based on guidelines provided by the Sedgwick County Health Department, Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO). In spite of all of the combined efforts, two persons have been confirmed to have COVID-19. These cases were diagnosed during the Stay At Home order that was in effect until May 3rd at midnight. Appropriate isolation measures were immediately taken and will be in place for at least 14 days. Persons identified as having close contact have been notified and provided with instructions.
KETCH will continue to follow precautions and closely monitor the Sedgwick County Health Department, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) prevention guidelines. As an organization, KETCH is dedicated to holding the health and safety of all persons served and staff as the first priority.
Beginning Monday, May 4, 2020, the WORK program participants can begin the transition of returning to KETCH.
PLEASE NOTE: Transportation services will NOT be available for individuals that are not in the KETCH Community Living program at this stage.
To protect each other, everyone needs to answer these questions below. If you have experienced any of the following symptoms, DO NOT COME TO WORK, stay home and call nursing at 383-8700.
• Have you traveled outside the state of Kansas within the last 14 days?
• Have you been in close contact (less than 6 feet away for 10 minutes or longer) with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
• Have you experienced any of these within the most recent 72 hours:
o Fever above 100 degrees
o Shortness of breath
o Sore throat
o Abnormal muscle fatigue
o Extreme exhaustion
We are excited to be able to begin opening the WORK program, and there will be some changes to continue to keep health and safety a priority. You can expect to see everyone wearing face masks and staying 6’ away from each other. Cleaning has been heightened as well.
Persons in the remaining day services (PACE, PACE2, ALS, and Osage) will continue to stay at home as the programs will be closed at the downtown facility until the next phase of re-opening can safely begin.
With Governor Kelly’s announcement of the extension to the stay at home order, KETCH will continue to follow this directive and day programs will remain closed until May 3, 2020 at midnight. Any change to this status will be communicated by management.
KETCH will continue to monitor and follow the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) prevention guidelines closely.
In following Governor Kelly’s Stay At Home order for the state of Kansas, KETCH day services (PACE, PACE2, ALS, WORK and Osage) will continue to be closed at the downtown facility until April 19, 2020. This will be re-evaluated during the next two weeks with further updates provided by management.
KETCH will continue to monitor and follow the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and World Health Organization (WHO) prevention guidelines closely.
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.