Addresses from Dan Connors, President & CEO, on COVID-19
Thursday March 19th, 2020 8:50 AM
As the situation unfolds in our state and our nation, St. Joseph Home has responded with further action to protect against exposure of COVID-19 to our residents and staff. As our community of supporters, we want to keep you well-informed.
- On Friday, March 13th, our Adult Day Programs in both Blue Ash and Sharonville suspended services until further notice.
- All stays with our Respite Center have been cancelled until further notice. The Respite Center is now closed.
- No visitors are permitted on campus at any time. As excruciating as this is, this rule handed down from the Ohio Department of Health also applies to the families and guardians of our residents.
- All staff are screened using the CDC screening criteria prior to entrance into the building.
- Staff movement within the main campus building has been restricted – only required care and cleaning staff are permitted entry into living spaces.
- Administrative staff are being cross-trained in preparation for staffing shortages should they occur.
With our informed, preventative and proactive plans in place, we’re doing everything in our power to ensure the well-being of those we support and our staff through this ever-evolving situation. Resident and staff safety are our top priorities and we’re taking every foreseeable precaution to protect against exposure in our community.
We are confident that St. Joseph Home will weather this unfolding situation. Our thoughts continue to be with all who are impacted.
Dan Connors, President & CEO
Wednesday March 11th, 2020 4:00 PM
As we all are aware, the virus known as COVID-19 has been a growing health care concern over the last several weeks in the United States. As a ministry that supports individuals who are highly susceptible to illnesses like this, St. Joseph Home has been planning for all possible outcomes related to COVID-19 for several weeks.
The measures we’ve already taken and are prepared to take reflect the constantly changing dynamics of the illness as it spreads and is better understood. In light of this, I’d like to share a few of the changes that have already or may happen as they affect our community. This isn’t an exhaustive list and we continue to adapt as new information is available, but these are important items I thought you should know:
- We are in very frequent communication with, and monitoring guidance from, federal, state, and local health authorities. Information in a situation like this can be constantly changing, but we are following the recognized authorities for up-to-date and accurate guidance.
- The individuals we serve are very vulnerable to all forms of illness. While COVID-19 is certainly a new threat that we are taking extremely seriously, we have always been diligent in our practices and procedures when it comes to the containment of illness. We continue this approach in response to COVID-19 and we are erring on the side of the most extreme caution.
- While the individuals we serve are our absolute first priority, we have also planned for, and continue to plan for, the potential impact of COVID-19 to our staff. Our planning includes their safety and that of their families, particularly those who are providing care to our residents.
- Our annual 5K event, which was scheduled to take place on our campus on April 18, 2020, will not proceed as planned. We are leaving the option open to postpone the event by several months, but have not ruled out the possibility of cancellation. More details will be sent to registrants in the near future.
- All non-essential visitors and volunteers to our programs have been suspended at this time. We are so grateful for the hundreds of volunteers who help us achieve our mission, but we again must be overly cautious in our approach and appreciate your understanding.
- We have implemented pre-screening for the essential visitors to our programs and/or campus for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
We encourage you to pay close attention to the guidance issued from the Centers for Disease Control, the Ohio Department of Health and other trusted health authorities regarding COVID-19. We feel that this is the best and most up to date way of protecting our community from the spread of this illness. The links to the most recent guidance are below:
Thank you for being such a valued member of the St. Joseph Home Community.
Dan Connors, President & CEO