As of today (9/18/2020) 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.

  • It has been a month since our last update but there is little new information to share. Our operations remain stable and we have had only one additional positive case but it was a sub staff that had not worked recently and there was no exposure. Perhaps the biggest news was the announcement of Bethesda closing their Wisconsin operations.  With 90 persons served affected and 200 employees there are many lives affected.  If you are one of those families or employees either contact our admissions department or HR and we would like to help you if possible. 

 

  • In summary, we have had a combination of ten associated members of the St. Coletta family test positive to the virus, seven staff and three persons served. In the same period of six months we have tested over one hundred persons through contact tracing as a precaution.  Through it all we have been fortunate to have had an 100% recovery rate.  Early intervention seems to have helped enormously, and we continue to survey staff about their health and travel, and test everyone for temps and oxygen levels.

 

  • We have learned from testing that testing is rarely consistent and at times can be frustrating. Tests in Illinois have the shortest turn times between test and results.  Sometimes results can come back within a day and often within a few days.  In Wisconsin it is much longer, with many results extending to 14 days.  The challenge in such cases is to isolate for long periods of time and to consume large amounts of Personal Protective Gear (PPG) doing so.  No funding source is supplying additional resources to do this so it is a constant challenge.

 

  • Operations in each state are similar but there are some clear distinctions. We are operating at a self-defined St. Coletta Protective Posture Level of Two (PPL2, see chart) with two caveats.  First all contact with persons served requires staff to be masked no matter where that contact might occur.   There are no community integration activities in either state.  That does not imply that there are no outings, but just that the outings do not allow contact with persons outside the organization.  Examples are trips to parks or picnics, etc.  As of two weeks ago we have returned to no visitors at homes.  This was in response to surges of cases in both states and we will likely stay at that precautionary position for a while.

 

  • We are not prohibiting home visits but as of two weeks ago we are requiring a negative test of a person served before they return. As of today, we are modifying that position slightly.  If a person served is only traveling for a home visit (where they stay at home and are not integrating into the surrounding community, and are home for only a few days (six or less) they do not require a negative return test.   If a person served is home for over seven days (one week) or is traveling with the family outside the home or on a flight, train ride, or other public mixing, they will need a negative return test.  We are making this change as a short visit with family is almost equivalent to the risk level of one of our staff.  We want our precautions to make sense and be practical.  As we see the situation and the virus not changing for months we want to return as much normalcy as we can.

 

Day Programs and Services.

 

  • On March 16, 2020 the State of Illinois mandated the closure of all day programs and that closure was extended to August 31, 2020. There are still no day programs open in Illinois that we work with and will not be any until September 1, 2020.  We are prepared to open our Achieve program on that day and resume operations under state guidelines.  It is your choice for Illinois persons to return to their day programing.  If you are unsure about return to your previous program in Illinois we can accommodate some additional admissions to Achieve.

 

  • Coletta day programs continue to be open in Wisconsin in all of our locations with the exception of Golden Options. This includes operations in Brookfield and Jefferson.  For additional safety homes are cohorted (by house) so there is no mixing.  In the event of a positive test, we can limit exposure in this way.  We have been serving a select group of external persons served, but they again are cohorted.  Our Golden Options persons (who are very vulnerable) continue to be served only at the home they reside in.

 

Residential Programs

 

  • All of our Residential Programs remain open. Our staff remains stable despite school closures and daycare closures.  We are standing up limited daycare operations in several areas to support the availability of our work force.  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 with infrared thermometers and oxygen sensing equipment.  We continue to admit   as we have opening or have a match for open spaces.

 

  • All outings to include recreational outings, Special Olympics and Best Buddies have been suspended but we are doing virtual Special Olympics.

 

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

 

Measures we are currently taking include:

  • Staff wearing masks in homes
  • 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.
  • Social Distancing in all our settings and administrative areas.
  • Temperature Checks
  • Oxygen Checks

Protective Posture Levels

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.

COVID-19 QUESTIONAIRRE DOWNLOAD HERE

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Updated 7/23

 

 

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