COVID-19 News & Updates

August 28, 2020

The Kelberman Center Education Reopening Plan September 2020 - click (here) to read.

The Kelberman Center Supplemental Guidance September 2020 - click (here) to read

March 18, 2020

The health, safety, and wellbeing of you, your families, and our staff are our first priority in wake of the ever-evolving situation connected to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are actively monitoring the progression of COVID-19, and taking steps to support our communities in staying safe. We wanted to share the current measures in place at Kelberman to limit the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19.

For your protection, we are making the following Center adjustments:

  • Employees with exposure to COVID-19 are being asked to stay home and self-isolate. Kelberman employees who have been exposed to someone that has been diagnosed have been instructed to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F) and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (ex. cough suppressants). Self-isolation is recommended in these cases.
  • Employees with fever or cough symptoms are being asked to stay home.
  • Kelberman employees have been instructed not to work with the individuals they support if they have a fever and cough or shortness of breath or have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19.
  • Recreational groups are cancelled at this time.
  • Group gatherings of more than 10 people scheduled have been cancelled/postponed for at least the next four weeks.
  • Communication will occur via phone or technology, as much as possible.
  • Kelberman staff will utilize technology available to aid in communication with each other, as opposed to in-person meetings. In-person meetings limited to the smallest number of people possible.
  • Visitors are being screened.
  • Those with symptoms of a respiratory infection will be asked to refrain from visiting our Center until they no longer have these symptoms. People will also be asked to refrain from visiting if they have traveled to a country that the CDC has issued a Level 2 or Level 3 travel designation within the last 14 days or if they have had contact with anyone known to have (or anyone who is under investigation for) COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
  • Social distancing is encouraged during interactions.
  • As directed by the CDC, staff are encouraged to maintain 6 feet of distance from others, when possible, and to also refrain from shaking hands with others.
  • To ensure our collective well-being, we are asking that you follow these guidelines:
  • If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please call ahead to cancel.
  • If you and/or any of your family that would be visiting our Center for your scheduled appointment and are experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, runny
  • nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and /or diarrhea, please contact us to make alternative arrangements.
  • If you have had direct exposure to COVID-19, please call ahead to cancel your appointment.
  • If you or any other visitors that would be attending your appointment have had direct exposure to COVID-19, please contact us ahead of time and consider self-isolation.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • As mentioned above, maintaining space between others and refraining from handshaking is important. Also, avoid congregate settings and mass gatherings.
  • Encourage your family to follow CDC’s guidelines for good hygiene and protection:
    • Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose or sneezing.
    • Refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Clean objects and surfaces that are used often.

Additionally, New York State Department of Health has also set up a Coronavirus hotline: 1-888-364-3065 if you have any questions or need additional information.

Below are several resources from state and local health departments and the CDC for your reference.

Protecting Yourself from Respiratory Illness
NYS Department of Health
Oneida County Health Department

We will continue to closely monitor updated guidance and reassess the protective measures that we are taking to safeguard your health, as new information emerges daily. We encourage you to work with your service provider(s) at Kelberman to proactively develop an emergency backup plan in the event that services are paused for a period of time due to illness.

Your health, the health of the individuals and families we support is of paramount importance to all of us. We will continue to work together throughout this difficult situation and keep everyone informed of any changes.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly (315) 797-6241 or info@kelbermancenter.org.

Louis B. Tehan

Interim Executive Director

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