A Message to Our Families

By March 13, 2020Uncategorized

 

NOTICE – COVID-19:  Update from Joe’s Kids

We at Joe’s Kids would like to assure you that the safety and well-being of our children and families is our top priority.  The coronavirus outbreak that has now reached into Indiana is a rapidly evolving situation and we are diligently following the recommendations of the CDC and local authorities.

With a novel virus that is so new and quickly spreading, there is a lot of conflicting information to be found in the news and on social media.  Such contradictions can cause a lot of anxiety.   We would like to encourage you to seek the facts and listen to the experts by making the CDC your primary source of information.  For those who are at greater risk, The CDC has detailed recommendations for preparing and protecting yourself or your loved one from disease:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

During this time of uncertainty, we would like to encourage you to exercise caution while also looking to the needs of those who may be at higher risk.  Please consider your friends or neighbors who may self-quarantine not because they are sick, but because their bodies lack the ability to efficiently fight disease.  Regardless of your personal risk level, PLEASE follow the recommendation to wash hands frequently, practice social distancing, and stay home when sick so that you do not risk spreading this disease to someone who cannot fight it.

Unless the CDC or local authorities dictate otherwise, Joe’s Kids will continue providing service to our families. You will be notified directly by phone if that should change.    In the meantime we will continue to be diligent in our own practices of handwashing between each treatment session, disinfecting worktables between each therapy session, regularly disinfecting toys, therapy equipment and waiting room furniture, and staying home if we are ill.

In turn, we ask for your help by:

  • Washing yours and your children’s hands or using the hand sanitizer at the front desk when entering and exiting the building
  • Avoid bringing additional family members into the waiting room when at all possible.
  • Staying home for two weeks if you:
    • Have had fever, cough, or shortness of breath
    • Traveled to a CDC Level 2 or 3 Country (such as China, Iran, Italy or South Korea)
    • Had direct contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19

If you do start experiencing symptoms, please follow the directives of our local hospitals as to when and how to seek medical care.  These can be found at:

https://www.parkview.com/patients-visitors/covid-19-screening

https://lutheranhealth.net/coronavirus

It is our hope that we will later look back on this  as a time when our community came together and looked out for the needs of others.