COVID-19 Update 9.2.2020
Dear Parents & Guardians,
We really appreciate your support during this life changing time. I’m sure you’re following the Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC statistics. Illinois is reporting an uptick in COVID-19 confirmed cases.
For this reason, we are enhancing our mitigation protocols, delaying our CDS (DT) reopening plans until further notice, and performing mandatory bi-weekly COVID-19 testing of certain key staff. All environmental adaptions have been made, including the advanced fan system for enhanced ventilation and air circulation at all of our sites. Health & Wellness is sourcing vendors to assure we have a sufficient stock pile of PPE for Fall, as we project to see a surge in cases according to CDC reports.
I know that many families are burdened by the visitation policy we have in place. That policy will remain in place for the immediate future. In that regard, I’d like to ask each parent/guardian to be on time, respect the number of visitors, remain in the visiting area during the visit (our building is not open to outside visitors at this time), and to book appointments one week in advance. Some parents/guardians request weekend visits due to work schedules. Unfortunately, our licensed Health & Wellness staff conduct more in-depth health checks of clients during those times and are unable to be in the office.
In the meantime, please let us know how you feel about your loved one receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, if and when an FDA approved vaccination becomes available. Please speak directly with your loved one’s primary care physician for more information on vaccination developments.
We wish we had better news to share about relaxing our visitation policy. To the best of our ability, we hope to keep everyone in the Rimland family safe. Thank you for your cooperation; we are calling on you for your understanding and support. This is a challenging time for all.
Pamela Y Watson
Chief Executive Officer