Stepping Stones’ Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Resources

Date posted: March 20, 2020

Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Information concerning COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to rapidly evolve. Stepping Stones continues to monitor those organizations providing oversight and mandates concerning necessary steps for preparing for the impact of this virus.

The directive from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities received indicates that we should continue to work collaboratively and operate with additional safety precautions. It is Stepping Stones’ desire to ensure the safety of our clients, employees, and the community at large. We want to share that we will continue to monitor events and mandates as they develop and determine how they may impact the future operations of Stepping Stones.

We understand that our population is more at risk due to perhaps compromised health conditions. Therefore they may be more vulnerable to developing this virus, and monitoring the conditions of individuals in your care will be helpful in preventing the spread of this virus. Please seek appropriate medical services for any of the following signs or symptoms.

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 may appear two to 14 days after exposure and can include:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
The severity of COVID-19 symptoms can range from very mild to severe. People who are older or have existing medical conditions, such as heart disease, may be at higher risk of serious illness. This is similar to what is seen with other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza.

What we will be doing at Stepping Stones: monitoring the clients and staff for any signs of the above mentioned symptoms. We will be pre-screening individuals attending programs for symptoms upon entry. One of those steps will be taking the temperature of clients upon arrival at programs. Please understand this may take extra time at drop off. We will be stepping up our efforts to increase the frequency of handwashing and additional cleaning of program spaces.

Furthermore, we will be taking additional steps to reduce risk from the community by suspending volunteers, community outings and outside visitors. We will be following Governor DeWine’s announcement by suspending our alternative education program (Step Up) until the closure is lifted. We are asking clients and staff who have been exposed to someone suspected of having COVID-19 to notify Stepping Stones and to self-quarantine for two weeks.

We will keep you posted on changes in our programming schedule as we monitor events relating to COVID-19.

Current program closures are:

  • Weekend Respite (March 20 – 23): Closed
  • Saturday Kids & Saturday Young Adults Club (March 28): Closed
  • Step-Up Autism Alternative Education: Closed until further notice

Sincerely,
Chris Adams
Executive Director



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