Submitted by Communications Team on October 21, 2020 - 7:36pm
Today the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued a new Emergency Order to allow indoor visitation at long-term care facilities! We're so excited to finally be able to offer this opportunity to our clients and their loved ones beginning Monday, October 26, 2020. Our COVID-19 Watch Team is carefully reviewing guidelines from the MDHHS as we create an indoor visitation plan that ensures the health and safety of our clients, staff, and communities. Please check your email this Friday for a more detailed communication about these requirements for indoor visits at the NeuroCare Campus and our Residential homes.
Special Tree continues to follow 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. The COVID-19 Watch Team meets 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:
New Safety Precautions for Residential Clients in Oakland + Macomb Counties
- The team member at our Webster Court Apartments in Royal Oak who tested positive on Friday, October 16th is on a 14-day quarantine. Clients at Webster Court were tested on Monday and isolation protocols are in place including in-apartment quarantines and suspension of all activities and therapy services until test results are confirmed.
- A temporary freeze was placed on Webster Court staff traveling to other Special Tree locations as well as other Residential staff working at Webster Court.
- All clients and staff who were potentially exposed were notified of the need for testing and are being closely monitored for COVID-19 signs and symptoms.
- Therapy services for all Residential clients in Oakland and Macomb Counties are suspended until Monday, October 26th due to a potential exposure in the Day Treatment Services program at the Troy Neuro Skills Center.
NeuroCare Campus Updates + New Safety Precautions for Residential Clients in Wayne County
- There are currently no active cases of COVID-19 at the NeuroCare Campus. However, a team member in the Day Treatment Services program in Wayne County began a 14-day quarantine on Monday, October 19th due to a high risk exposure from a family member who tested positive for COVID-19. The team member is asymptomatic and has tested negative.
- Clients and staff were notified of potential exposure from the team member and advised of the need for testing as well as to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
- Therapy services for all Residential clients in Wayne County are suspended until Friday, October 30th due to a potential exposure in the Day Treatment Services program at our Wabash facility in Romulus.
- Mandatory weekly testing for NCC clients and staff continues every Monday from 11am - 5pm until we have no new positive cases at NCC for 28 consecutive days and/or community positivity rates are low enough to meet criteria to reduce the testing frequency.
- 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 the flu season.
- You can follow our pending and active cases on our website.