What you need to know about Cape Abilities and the COVID-19 CoronaVirus

Filed in Uncategorized by on March 16, 2020

In everything we do, the safety of Cape Abilities participants
and Cape Abilities staff is our top concern.

At Cape Abilities, it is our responsibility to do all we can to minimize the introduction and spread of the Coronavirus within our facilities.  The presence of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), like influenza, is spread by droplets of fluid released by an infected individual when they sneeze or cough.   We want to assure you that we are in contact with the Local and State Health Departments to put proactive safety measures into place.

In addition, we are following recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to daily clean program and residential areas and equipment frequently touched by participants and staff, and we are encouraging all to wash their hands often.

Although the risk of Coronavirus contamination remains low, details about this virus remains a rapidly changing situation, and we will continue to provide you with regular updates as we receive them and as they affect the care of our participants and staff.  We are developing plans to address the issues that may arise from an increase in community transmission, if that should occur.


This outbreak is being taken very seriously by health experts and public health authorities, but this does not mean you need to be overly worried or anxious.

We encourage parents and guardians of individuals served at Cape Abilities to report to us if their loved one has a confirmed case of the flu to help us track viral infections and to better target our sanitizing efforts.  To minimize the spread of this type of virus, have your family follow the recommendations from the CDC, which are the same ones that everyone should practice during flu season:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often. If unable to wash, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue away, and then wash or sanitize your hands. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve;
  • Avoid shaking hands whenever possible.
  • Only leave your home to address essential needs, get some fresh air and exercise, and if you do, avoid unnecessary contact with other individuals.
  • Practice social distancing when shopping.
  • Fill your prescriptions for 90 days if possible.
  • You can still go to the gas station, order and pick up take-out food and receive deliveries.
  • You should use remote modes of communication such as telephone or video chat (e.g. Facetime, Skype, Facebook Messenger Video Chat) instead of visiting friends or family.
  • Non-essential medical care like eye exams, teeth cleaning, and elective procedures must be rescheduled.
  • If possible, healthcare visits should be done remotely.
  • Parents should not arrange play dates for children during this time.
  • All individuals must eliminate close contact activities such as in pick-up sports games.
  • Wear a mask when in public.



Please visit these websites to stay up-to-date on the Coronavirus, and to help you
put together a personal, emergency plan with your family, friends and household:

















We have established CAPE ABILITIES STAFF phone hotlines
for any questions, concerns or information requests. 


For all medical questions, the medical hotline # is 508.568.2833
For all Human Resources or other questions, the hotline #is 508.568.2857  
In addition, we also established an email hotline at COVID-19@capeabilities.org

We will ensure that we are continually monitoring and responding to these hotlines.



Rest assured, we will continue to monitor both the Center for Disease Control and Department of Public Health for recommendations,
and we will provide you with more guidance and update this page as appropriate.

Thank you for your help and support as we do all that we can
to plan and prepare for the Coronavirus.

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