As of today (3/27/2020)

We continue to follow all directives from the Federal and State agencies related to operations.  The situation remains very fluid and we have had to adjust our programs.  Please review the below information for updates which will be in Bold letters:

 

General. 

  • The Governor’s in both States continue to mandate further restrictions on our overall operations.  Both Governor Pritchard in Illinois and Governor Evers in Wisconsin have directed “Hold in Place” or “Safer at Home” measures to promote social distancing.  We are complying with those measures as they apply to our organization. We are considered “essential” work so we have the ability to bring our staff into work and to do support activities.  We can no longer accept any visitors at any of our facilities or homes.  If you want to pickup a family member at a home, please contact the home staff to meet you will your loved one outside in the driveway.  On return, the staff will be required to ask you a series of questions about the activities of the day, week, or weekend to determine if there is any risk to the other persons living there or the staff.  Please assist us in determining any risk. If a persons served leaves the local area (60 miles) or has traveled by air or bus, we cannot accept them back in the home until 14 days have passed to eliminate the possibility of exposure.  

 

  • The State of Illinois has directed a “hold in place” order for all of its citizens which includes our persons served.  In the coming weeks they will spend most if not all of their time in our homes. 

 

    • The number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Illinois and Wisconsin.  Jefferson County has had four positive tests. Milwaukee County to date has had 206 positive tests so is by far the most affected county in Wisconsin.
    • St. Coletta has had several staff and one person served tested for the virus, all have been returned negative until 3/24/20.  We were notified on 3/24/20 that one of our staff in Waukesha has tested positive for the virus. The staff was a new hire and had not started working in the homes so had limited contact (1 staff, 2 persons served) and only for a brief time.  The respective doctors in this case will not test our staff or persons served in this case.  As COVID-19 tests are still in limited supply, medical authorities will not test persons that are not exhibiting symptoms.  As none of the persons involved are still not exhibiting symptoms, medical authorities advise 14 day isolation instead. We have complied and all will be off isolation this weekend.  We have had no other positive tests among staff or persons served. We continue to have both staff and persons served that have had fevers or coughs and we are following either isolation protocol or continue to monitor, whatever medical authorities instruct us to do.  We have done that in three settings to date.
    • We have a COVID-19 Response Team made up of leaders from different disciplines across the organization to monitor and implement proactive measures.

 

  • We learned earlier this week that the State of Illinois will pay us more under our contracts for residential care because of the closure of day programs in the State.  We will not be able to bill for those extra dollars until the end of the month—March. We have seen no similar provisions in Wisconsin yet.  

 

  • We continue to order supplies and request them from other agencies when possible.  FEMA asked for our wish lists and we have provided them. The Illinois Residential Program innovated and made their own hand sanitizers this week.  It was an impressive effort and just the kind of thing that motivates others in times like this. Many of our homes and programs are doing substitute activities in house, which have helped to boost the morale of persons served and staff alike.

 

  • Effective 3/30/20 St. Coletta will offer Teladoc benefits to all employees regardless whether they have St. Coletta’s health insurance.  Teladoc offers the opportunity at no cost to talk with a doctor over the phone real time to help with illnesses. Employees and their families will benefit from this as they can get medical advice and prescriptions without going to urgent care or an emergency room, or even their regular doctor.  The most dangerous place to be today is at a hospital or urgent care because of the possibility of coming into contact with a COVID-19 positive patient. No danger over the phone, and you can even set up an appointment for your call. If you have more questions as an employee call HR for more details.

 

 

Day Programs and Services. 

 

  • On March 16, 2020 the State of Illinois mandated the closure of all day programs.  Our Achieve Program has been closed since that date and will remain closed until instructed it can re-open.    All St. Coletta residentially served persons that were served in Achieve will remain at home.

 

  • Our other day programs in Wisconsin remain open but under operating restrictions.  No external persons served can attend the Jefferson Golden Options program. In addition, effective March 23, 2020 no external persons served will be accepted at attendance to the Jefferson, or Whitewater Excel Programs and Genesis Programs.  The Brookfield IGC, Excel, Golden Options, and Genesis Programs will serve external persons served through next Friday March 27, 2020 and then discontinue until further notice.  All internally served Residential Program persons served will continue to attend. Our persons served that work in the community will continue but under strict circumstances. Those instructions will come from their respective job coaches. 

 

  • All persons attending day programs are being sequestered in smaller groups to reduce the possibility of spreading illness.

 

Residential Programs 

 

  • All of our Residential Programs remain open. Our staff remains stable despite school closures and daycare closures.  We are monitoring staff very closely.  Each staff must complete a new online questionnaire before each shift to ensure they have not been exposed nor have been in a possible situation where they were exposed.  We will also monitor them for symptoms daily.  Measures being taken to reduce exposure in homes. All homes have suspended community integration events.

 

  • All outings to include recreational outings, Special Olympics and Best Buddies have been suspended.  

 

  • Per State guidance we can no longer accept visitors at our homes.

 

  • All of our homes have been directed to have a minimum of three weeks food on hand.  This is to ensure they can deal with any shortages in the community.  Likewise, we maintain at least 3-4 weeks of medications to be able to endure any shortages in the supply chain.

 

We will continue to update you daily if necessary.  Please check back often.

 

Measures we are currently taking include:

  • Stopping handshaking and using non-contact methods of greeting.

 

  • Reinforcing the infection control procedures and routine steps to reduce the spread of illness in our homes, buildings and vehicles on a daily basis.

 

  • Practicing strict hand hygiene protocol among staff members, volunteers and clients.

 

  • Reinforcing use of the sanitation stations located throughout our buildings.

 

  • Communicating to families and staff the importance of staying home if you are ill.

 

  • Securing our administrative offices and all non-staff to enter through the main entrance and be screened with a series of questions. This will also apply to homes.

 

  • Rescheduling all Individual Service Plan (ISP) meetings with clients, families and Managed Care Organizations.

 

  • Rescheduling all non-emergency doctor, dentist and other outside appointments for clients.

 

  • Using teleconferencing in place of in-person meetings.

 

  • Utilizing isolation areas for individuals who present symptoms of illness.

 

  • Providing information and communicating COVID-19 updates to staff and families.

Staff


St. Coletta is taking many precautions to ensure our employees’ safety and we are devoting a lot of time and resources to do so. We want to keep you well informed about many of the actions we are taking and will continue to keep you updated.

 

Measures we are currently taking to keep you safe include:

  • St. Coletta will cover all tests and claims related to testing for COVID-19 for ALL our employees regardless of their coverage under our medical plan.  This includes any testing, pulmonary or otherwise, that was completed to rule out the possibility of COVID-19.
    • If you are covered under our St. Coletta medical plan and receive a bill related to the services mentioned above please let HR know.
    • If you are not covered under our St. Coletta medical plan and would like to be reimbursed for such test expenses not covered by your medical insurance provider please let HR know.

 

  • Working with instructors to record trainings so that some may be held online/virtually

 

  • Postponed all CEU’s in April to be rescheduled for a later date

 

  • As an essential healthcare worker, we want to make sure you have this letter (click here) in the event that you are questioned about traveling to provide services.

 

  • Our RN’s are keeping inventory and working on increasing our inventory of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our DSP’s including masks, gloves, thermometer, hand sanitizer, etc
    • Recently requested additional supplies from other organizations including: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Jefferson County, Waukesha County and Froedert Hospital

 

  • All Employees completing COVID-19 Questionnaire prior to each shift using the following link: https://tinyurl.com/suxowyb Directors of each area are reviewing on a case by case basis. Employees with symptoms or those who have recently travelled in high risk areas are being evaluated and in some cases are being asked to stay home.

 

  • Suspended all community outings

 

  • Suspended day services to external clients

 

  • Stopping handshaking and using non-contact methods of greeting.

 

  • Communicating to families and staff the importance of staying home if you are ill.

 

  • Securing our administrative offices and all non-staff to enter through the main entrance and be screened with a series of questions. This also applies to homes.

 

  • Stopped Receiving Visitors in our facilities.

 

  • Rescheduling all Individual Service Plan (ISP) meetings with clients, families and Managed Care Organizations.

 

  • Rescheduling all non-emergency doctor, dentist and other outside appointments for clients.

 

  • Using teleconferencing in place of in-person meetings.

 

  • Utilizing isolation areas for individuals who present symptoms of illness.

 

  • Increased sanitation in all of our facilities and vehicles.

Families should contact their Residential Manger with questions/concerns.  St. Coletta also has nursing staff available as a resource:

Wisconsin:

Dan Golson 920-691-2514 gro.iwattelocts@nosloGJD

Shelly Devant 920-723-3817 gro.iwattelocts@tnaveDLS

Illinois:

Terri Santiago  224-374-8333  gro.iwattelocts@ogaitnaSLT

Diane Proano  847-804-3817 gro.iwattelocts@onaorPMD

 

More Information:

Center for Disease Control (CDC):  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services:  https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm

Illinois Dept. of Public Health: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus