COVID-19

05/15/2020

There are no new changes at KETCH in light of the 1.5 phase of the governor’s re-opening plan.

05/07/2020

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.

05/01/2020

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 Cough
o Shortness of breath
o Headache
o Sore throat
o Abnormal muscle fatigue
o Weakness
o Extreme exhaustion
o Diarrhea

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.

04/17/2020

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.

04/03/2020

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.

03/20/2020

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.

03/19/2020

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.

03/18/2020

Based on KDHE recommendations, people that experience a fever are encouraged to remain home for 72 hours after the fever is gone without medication.

03/17/2020

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.

03/13/2020

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:

All staff at KETCH follow Universal Precautions for prevention of avoiding bodily fluids. We encourage all visitors to follow these additional guidelines:

In depth information on COVID-19 can be found at www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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.