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COVID-19 Latest Updates

 

2-1-1 HELPLINE provides a comprehensive information service that is designed to assist people with connecting to community resources.  These resources consist of health and human service providers, nonprofits, educational programs, support & civic groups, and local, city, and county services.  The 2-1-1 website recently updated resources to reflect changes to services that have resulted from the COVID-19 virus. 

Visit their website for more information: https://www.ihsnet.org/ihs-services/2-1-1-helpline/

 

Able2 Residential Programs

On 3/20/2020, Governor Cuomo announced that anyone who has been identified as a member of a vulnerable population is to remain indoors.  People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are considered members of a vulnerable population.  This latest directive, paired with the recent guidance distributed by OPWDD to suspend all visitation to certified residential homes leads us to announce the suspension of home visits and community outings by persons living in our residences that are not “medically necessary”, effective immediately. 

We continue to encourage families and friends to arrange to visit remotely through the use of FaceTime, Skype, Google Hang Outs, or phone call. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to and connect with the site where your family or friend resides.

 

Article 28 Clinic

In our continued efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, and after consultation with medical personnel, we determined the need to suspend non-emergency operations at the Able2 Article 28 Clinic with the exception of TeleHealth Psychology Services.  The suspension of services is effective March 18, 2020.

TeleHealth Psychology Services will continue to be offered by appointment only (607) 734-7107 ext. 9394.

The following services will be suspended until further notice:

*Dental

*Occupational Therapy (OT)

*Speech Therapy

*TeleHealth Urgent Care (Walk-in Clinic)

 

COVID-19 Resources to provide you with updates and information on the local, state, and national levels.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

https://www.cdc.gov/

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

OPWDD

https://opwdd.ny.gov

Chemung County Health Department

http://www.chemungcountyhealth.org/

 

Previously Issued Updates:

Visiting Able2 Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs):

Able2's Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs) are homes to many people who are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19. Given this reality, we’ve worked in close connection with the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and in alignment with all DOH and state guidance to take significant precautionary measures.

OPWDD issued very specific guidance regarding prevention measures for all ICFs in NYS. There are 3 components to the guidance.

  1. The first is that all visitation to ICFs by non-employees has been suspended. We have also suspended all community based recreation/ activities for those living in ICFs.
  2. All agency employees entering an ICF, MUST participate in a “Health Check” before crossing the thresholds of the ICFs.
  3. All agency employees crossing the thresholds of the ICFs must comply with required guidance of wearing protective equipment when providing care to a person they are supporting.

We encourage families and other service providers to arrange to visit remotely through the use of FaceTime, Skype, Google Hang Outs, or phone call. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to and connect with the site where your family or friend resides.

https://opwdd.ny.gov/icf-guidance-0

 

Visiting Able2 Individual Residential Alternatives (IRAs): 

As we all know, COVID-19 is present in many communities around New York State.  In efforts to continue to promote the health and wellbeing of the people we support, our employees, and to slow the spread of COVID-19, OPWDD has issued visitation guidance specific to our IRAs.  Effective immediately all visitation to our IRAs is suspended. 

People we support who leave for a visit with family or friends, will be required to be screened prior to re-entry to the residence. If during the screening, there is any identified risk to the other people in the residence, the person’s family or friends must be prepared for the person to NOT return to the residence.

We encourage families and other service providers to arrange to visit remotely through the use of FaceTime, Skype, Google Hang Outs, or phone call. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to and connect with the site where your family or friend resides.

https://opwdd.ny.gov/visitation-guidance-iras-community-residences-and-private-schools

 

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