Submitted by Communications Team on October 12, 2020 - 5:33pm
Our streak of no new cases of COVID-19 for staff and clients continues! Thank you for your patience and support as we continue practices to aggressively protect our clients and staff in as many ways as possible. As a reminder, we update our website as we have changes in active cases.
New MDHHS Emergency Orders in Place
On October 5th, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued an emergency order that largely reinstated the Governor’s Executive Orders after the Michigan Supreme Court ruling. Special Tree is following all emergency orders from the MDHHS as well as best practices from the CDC and other regional health authorities to keep our clients and staff safe from COVID-19. The COVID-19 Watch Team continues to meet frequently and is keeping an eye on legislative changes that may impact Special Tree as well as other pandemic-related decisions and protocols.
Here are the latest updates:
- Mandatory weekly testing for NeuroCare Campus clients and staff continues every Monday from 11am - 5pm until we have no new positive cases at NCC for 28 consecutive days.
- Effective October 19th, NeuroCare Campus staff will no longer be restricted from moving between the NCC North, NCC South, and Administrative wings. NCC therapists will also begin treating both inpatient and outpatient clients. Clients receiving outpatient therapy are required to stay in the waiting room and should not cross between wings.
- Outdoor visits will continue through the end of the month as weather permits. In the event of threatening weather, the COVID-19 Watch Team will make a decision about canceling outdoor visitation. To schedule an outdoor visit please contact Cindy Manetta at 734-893-1001 for NCC; and a Residential Program Manager for Residential visits. More information about outdoor visits is available on our website.
- For the continued safety of our clients and staff, Special Tree has discontinued the hugging program.
- Indoor visitor restrictions continue at NCC and our Residential homes. These comply with current emergency orders in place through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and are helping to prevent exposure to clients and staff.
- Flu vaccine clinics kicked off today for our staff and will continue through the week at the NeuroCare Campus and Troy Neuro Skills Center. All participating clients at NCC and our Residential homes have received the flu vaccine.
- Residential clients are excited to return to our Wabash and Troy Neuro Skills facilities this week for Day Treatment Services. Enhanced safety protocols include staggering Residential and Outpatient client therapy sessions at both facilities to prevent exposure as well as transporting no more than four Residential clients at a time.
- Residential COVID-19 safety protocols for client outings have been updated to allow visits to local stores in addition to visits in outdoor settings while following current safety precautions. Residential clients are also returning to external sheltered work programs.
- We are aggressively managing our supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and are following best practices for disinfecting and cleaning our facilities. We continue to appropriately secure supplies in anticipation of routine needs such as upcoming flu season.