Submitted by Communications Team on May 22, 2020 - 5:08pm
Thank you for your continued support as we make our way through COVID-19. We're happy to report no new staff or client COVID cases this week. To date, of approximately 150 clients in our system, 8 have tested positive for the virus. Of 650 employees, 20 have tested positive. Currently we do not have any admitted clients with an active case of the virus. We are grateful and hopeful in seeing our numbers decrease, and we continue practices to aggressively protect clients and staff in as many ways as possible.
Here are the latest updates:
- The Troy Neuro Skills Outpatient Center will reopen the week of June 1st for essential therapy with Day Treatment Services resuming the week of June 8th. As we did with our Saginaw location, we will implement enhanced practices for disinfecting equipment, social distancing measures, use of PPE, staggering client therapy sessions, and more.
- The Pediatric Rehabilitation team have started planning for the Discover Summer Program which is tentatively scheduled to begin on July 6, 2020. The team is looking at ways to modify the program to ensure the continued safety of clients and staff at the Troy Neuro Skills Center.
- Special Tree continues to follow CDC guidelines, best practices, and to ensure we are following the correct procedures to meet each Executive Order from the State of Michigan.
- On that note, this week the Governor signed Executive Order 2020-97 which focuses on business reopening requirements. Our HR, Infectious Disease, and Housekeeping leaders are connecting with every Special Tree team to make sure we're following EO 2020-97 guidelines and that all our safety protocols are consistent and in place at every location before reopening. The COVID-19 team is also working on documenting plans and protocols so teams have a "playbook" for their work environment.
- Special Tree's Consulting Physicians are being welcomed back to see clients at the NeuroCare Center effective the week of May 25th and will follow our established safety protocols.
- NCC client in-room quarantines were successfully lifted as planned this week and the clients & staff are loving it! Specific safety protocols were put into place throughout the building to support social distancing and safe infectious control practices.
- Therapy services for clients at the NeuroCare Campus continue to increase as we slowly migrate from in-room therapy to use of the therapy clinic, ZeroG, and other equipment. Each week we carefully bring a few more clients out of in-room therapy as we integrate them back into their usual treatment environments.
- We’re working on options for offering outpatient therapy in Wayne County again, and ways to modify our practices to keep inpatient and outpatient clients from interacting to ensure continued safety of the clients who reside at Special Tree full time while still enabling outpatient clients to continue their rehabilitation outside of the current telehealth offerings.
- Visitor restrictions continue. We are making plans for how we can safely welcome visitors back when restrictions are lifted, and contingency plans to enable families to connect with loved ones in creative ways should the restrictions continue into June.
We’ll continue to keep you up-to-date on the steps we’re taking in response to COVID-19 and encourage you to reach out to your Case Manager or Residential Program Manager with your questions and concerns.