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Indiana Stay-At-Home Order
On Monday, March 23, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb issued a statewide Stay-At-Home order effective from Mach 27 until April 7 requiring Hoosiers to remain in their homes except for essential work or activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety.
The services provided by Easterseals Arc are essential to the health and safety of our consumers, and we will continue to support them in their homes. Learn more about the Stay-At-Home order: https://www.in.gov/gov/3232.htm
Our Precautionary Steps
As news and guidance from health officials regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Easterseals Arc is taking several precautionary steps to minimize risks to our consumers and staff.
As of Monday, March 23, our Coldwater and Projects Drive buildings will be closed to the public. Those delivering essential supplies will be asked to ring the bell for staff assistance.
The call center will operate as normal.
Other than the call enter, only essential staff will be in the buildings, and those individuals will only work 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
All day services (Adult Day Center, Transitions and Projects Drive Group) have been closed since March 17 and will remain closed until further notice.
In addition to the above policies, our preventive measures include:
Checking the temperatures of anyone entering any Easterseals Arc building or consumer residence, as well as monitoring for other symptoms.
Frequently disinfecting common areas and frequent touchpoints such as door handles, countertops, light switches, etc.
Postponing or making alternative plans (conference calls, email, virtual meetings) for meetings in order to limit social contact. This includes client quarterly and annual meetings as well as staff meetings.
Restricting work-related travel for staff.
Updating technology to increase access to telemedicine tools.
Adjustments to Services
To achieve our goals for social distancing and ensure that we have appropriate resources available to support those with the highest needs, we are taking the following steps:
Suspending day programs
Canceling Recreation events
Canceling Dream Teens and Mini Dreamers for spring break
Suspending non-essential services in our Community Living (formerly known as hourly) program, effective Wednesday, March 18; individuals and families affected by this will receive letters
Please understand that our top concern is the health of our consumers and staff. We will continue to evaluate our policies and plans as more information and guidance become available.
Guidance from BDDS
For additional information on the COVID-19 coronavirus situation, The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services has posted guidance for families and self-advocates, as well as service providers, case managers, and visitors on the BDDS website at https://www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/5755.htm
If You Are Sick
Stay home if you are sick!
The primary symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, coughing and difficulty breathing.
If you have these symptoms, call your doctor’s office for advice on testing and treatment.
Staff with Easterseals Arc’s health insurance can use the Call-A-Doc service.
Our Annual Recognition Celebration, which highlights outstanding achievements of the individuals we serve and our dedicated staff, has been canceled. Although we will not celebrate together at an event, watch for information coming soon on how we will honor our award winners in a safer manner.
Dancing wth the Arc Stars has been postponed. We hope to reschedule and will announce a new date as soon as it is confirmed.