As we have expressed many times, our goal at Special Tree remains first and foremost to do all we can to slow or prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to keep our clients, staff, and communities healthy and safe.
Currently there are no clients with active cases of COVID-19 in our system. After many weeks of keeping the virus out of our facilities completely, we did have one team member at our Webster Court Apartments in Royal Oak test positive today.
For this reason, our COVID-19 Watch Team has activated the following safety protocols to prevent the spread of the virus:
- We are doing contact tracing for all clients and staff who were in contact with the team member and will begin on-site COVID-19 testing at Webster Court for clients and staff on Monday, October 19, 2020.
- Post-exposure safety protocols are in place for all clients at Webster Court which includes in-apartment quarantines and suspension of all activities and therapy services until confirmation of test results.
- Webster Court staff will not travel to other Special Tree locations nor will other Residential staff work at Webster Court until further notice.
- We are closely monitoring all clients who were potentially exposed for COVID-19 symptoms. Staff who were potentially exposed are required to self-monitor for changes in temperature and respiratory symptoms as well as continue to follow Special Tree’s self-screening protocols.
Special Tree is following all emergency orders from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services as well as best practices from the CDC and other regional health authorities to keep our clients and staff safe from COVID-19.
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.
- 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.
- Indoor visitor restrictions continue at the NeuroCare Campus 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 will continue through next week at the NeuroCare Campus. All participating clients at NCC and our Residential homes have received the flu vaccine.
- 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.
- You can follow our pending and active cases on our website.
With the number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan rising, it's more critical than ever to take precautions to stay safe and healthy. We urge everyone to wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands, avoid large gatherings, and to stay home if you're ill. Our continued efforts to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19 depends on all of us.