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

Filed in Blog 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.

In our ongoing and best efforts to prioritize, protect, and ensure the health, well-being
and safety of the individuals we serve and our staff during these difficult times,
effective immediately and until Monday, May 4th, Cape Abilities will close
the following Day Programs:  Day Habilitation (DayHab), Community-based Day Services (CBDS), Transportation, and our Cape Abilities Thrift Store.

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.

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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
  • Clean your work area with disinfectant regularly
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and keep your distance from others if you are sick
  • 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.

Also, please visit these websites to stay up-to-date on the Coronavirus, and to help get you started on putting together a personal, emergency plan with your family, friends and or household:

 

https://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/newsroom/updates-to-coronavirus-information

 

 

https://www.capecodhealth.org/medical-services/infectious-disease/whats-the-latest-on-the-coronavirus/

 

 

https://www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus
https://www.mass.gov/know-plan-prepare

 

 

 

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

 

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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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