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COVID-19 Response

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COVID-19 Response

At UCP, we take the health and safety of the people we support and our employees extremely seriously, so a comprehensive response to the COVID-19 outbreak is currently our top priority. We are constantly reviewing guidance from the CDC and other public health experts on the most effective ways to remain safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. Using that information along with internal conversations with key team members, we’ve implemented a flexible, comprehensive response for all employees on preventing community spread of this contagious virus.

In the event the virus spreads in or near communities where UCP operates, we are fully prepared to make changes to the way we manage our response. This page will be updated as the situation changes.

March 27, 2020

As we continue to navigate the uncharted territory of this COVID-19 outbreak, our resourcefulness and resolve have been tested. But we’re proud to report that UCP of South Carolina is operating strongly after a swift transition to a different way of working in this new landscape. While our day program remains closed and administrative teams continue to work from their own homes, the daily work of supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities continues to flourish in different and uplifting ways. Special thanks, as always, to the Direct Support Professionals who are steadfast in their commitment to maintaining meaningful connections to the people we support!

Here are this week’s updates:

  • As of this writing, there are no confirmed or presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 for those supported in our homes or on staff.
  • We continue to actively screen employees for fever and other COVID-19 symptoms before beginning work each shift, to ensure their safety and the safety of the people we support.
  • One recent challenge is maintaining a stock of supplies for homes. Our regular commercial vendors do not have items in stock that we usually order for routine operations. If you have access to any of the following items and would like to donate them, please contact Alanna Boozer to arrange drop off or pick up. Right now, we are seeking:
    • Toilet paper
    • Household disinfectant cleaners
    • Disposable ear thermometer covers
    • Cash donations to offset the cost of additional supplies

Even though some of our UCP family are now distanced from colleagues, we are staying in touch and leaning on each other for strength through this crisis. We will get through this, there is no doubt. In such challenging times, our work to serve the mission of UCP of South Carolina becomes even more crucial.

March 20, 2020

UCP of South Carolina operations remain strong, thanks to our extraordinary team which is steadfastly dedicated to our mission. Direct Support Professionals, in particular, are the backbone of our organization, and their perseverance and hard work is why we are doing so well. Here are the most recent updates:

  • As of this writing, there are no confirmed or presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 for those supported in our homes or on staff.
  • The main office in West Columbia, along with our day program, will remain closed at least until March 31. We will reassess as that date approaches and make a decision on reopening at that time.
  • Employees are being actively screened for fever and other COVID-19 symptoms before beginning work each shift, to ensure their safety and the safety of the people we support.
  • We continue to recruit and interview candidates to fill current vacancies and ensure our workforce remains strong.
  • In-person training is only being conducted for critical new-hire topics so that new hires can begin work, and only in groups of fewer than 10 people with appropriate social distancing measures in place.

March 13, 2020

Public health organizations have made it clear that we can take preventive steps now to slow community spread. While there are currently no confirmed COVID-19 cases at UCP, here are some of the proactive steps we are taking:

  • On March 16, 2020, the UCP of South Carolina administrative office in West Columbia will close, but agency operations will continue. Administrative staff will be actively working remotely from home, and Community Training Homes and Supported Living Programs at UCP will continue (with alternate staff schedules in some cases). We will reassess in weekly increments to determine when it is safe to reopen.
  • On March 16, 2020, the UCP of South Carolina Day Program will close. We will reassess in weekly increments to determine when it is safe to reopen.
  • We are monitoring the wellness of the people we support in community living situations very closely, including identification of those whom the CDC deems at high risk due to age or existing medical condition. We have temporarily ceased travel and community activities for everyone we support, and are limiting visitors in order to minimize risk of infection.
  • We have implemented a new cleaning protocol in addition to our daily cleaning regimen which includes frequent disinfecting of shared surfaces and frequently touched surfaces (such as light switches, door handles, faucets, etc.) in all UCP homes.
  • We are reemphasizing the importance of observing Universal Precautions and frequent, thorough hand washing to staff and those we support.
  • We are closely tracking incidences of employee illness to confirm they have access to care and will remain away from work until they are well.

 

RESOURCES
In addition to our internal response, we urge you to stay updated on the progression of the COVID-19 in South Carolina and its impact on people with disabilities:

HOW CAN YOU HELP?
UCP of South Carolina is a lifeline for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As we prepare to cover extra staffing, extra food, extra medication, and other supplies to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we ask that you consider donating to help us sustain quality support of those who rely on us. Giving is simple: Just use the form below, or the blue Make A Donation box on the side of this page.

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS
We are grateful for the continued support of our communities. Please do reach out if you have specific questions about our COVID-19 response.

 

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