3/19/2020 UPDATE: Please see the following updates from the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

https://opwdd.ny.gov/visitation-guidance-iras-community-residences-and-private-schools

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/03/13066_coronavirus_novisitors_poster.pdf


March 18, 2020

Dear Families and Friends,

In light of ongoing developments resulting from the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we would like to share preventative measures we are taking as an organization. At this time, we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at AIM Services.

We are closely monitoring the situation and following guidance from public health officials and government agencies, including the New York State Department of Health, Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization, so we can make ongoing assessments and stay in constant communication with our staff and the families we serve.

We are taking preventative steps to ensure precautions for the people we serve and our staff. By limiting the possibilities of cross-contamination, we are screening staff, people served and visitors, practicing social distancing, adding additional cleaning and disinfecting measures to our office and certified settings, and reinforcing good hygiene. We have heighten protections for all those individuals at higher risk. We have an action plan for every contingency we can envision, given the facts, as we know them and they continue to evolve.

We highly suggest reviewing the CDC website for best practices to avoid illness and steps to take if you do become sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Please review prevention guidelines for the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Avoid close contact with people, especially those who are sick. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

The health and safety of the people we serve, their families and staff are our highest priority, and we will remain vigilant in our evolving efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We would also like to take this time to thank our Direct Support staff for their dedication and unwavering support of those they serve.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact me at 518-450-2828.

Regards,

Christopher R. Lyons, Executive Director