SLI's Response to COVID-19

March 12 - 5:45 pm

The health and safety of our clients and staff is always our top concern. As such, SLI has made some decisions about dealing with the potential spread of the COVID-19, which, according to public health officials is imminent. There are no known cases of the virus within the SLI community at this time.  We are making every effort to be proactive rather than reactive. In an effort to try to avoid spread, SLI will be implementing the following procedures effective March 13, 2020 at 12:00 pm: The health and safety of our clients and staff is always our top concern.  As such, SLI has made some decisions about dealing with the potential spread of the COVID-19, which, according to public health officials is imminent.  There are no known cases of the virus within the SLI community at this time.   We are making every effort to be proactive rather than reactive.  In an effort to try to avoid spread, SLI will be implementing the following procedures effective March 13, 2020 at 12:00 pm:

  • Visitors will be restricted from entering the homes owned by SLI.  Family members and guardians who have no known risk factors such as travel outside of the state, over the age of 60, underlying health conditions, symptoms of cold or flu and/or fever may continue to visit as normal.  However, please utilize the hygiene practices promoted by the CDC and avoid close contact with all of those who live at the SLI home except for the person you are there to visit. We insist that visitors wash or sanitize their hands upon arrival and prior to leaving.

  • Visitors will be restricted from entering the SLI facility, including the Community Integration Program, located at 3401 SW Harrison beginning March 16, 2020.  If you believe you must come into the building and you are not a client or staff member, please call ahead to determine if the matter can be handled elsewhere or otherwise.

  • Staff are asked to participate in necessary meetings by phone or tele-conference and not in person when at all possible.

Internal procedures, including SLI’s infectious disease plan, will be implemented as needed to protect our clients and staff.  Some of these include but are not limited to:

  • Self-quarantine protocols for clients to stay home with staff
  • Maintaining 14-day supply of non-perishable food, water, sanitizing supplies and the like
  • Maintaining extra gloves, gowns, and masks to utilize where and when needed
  • Maintaining sufficient supplies of medications for clients
  • Identify all clients and staff who are considered to be in a high-risk category
  • Possible limiting or elimination of public transportation
  • Make preparations for administrative personnel to work remotely
  • Implement back up plan for staffing or the consolidation of homes should it be necessary

We know this is a difficult and frustrating time in all communities across the United States and globally.  Safety is everyone’s responsibility. As we work towards vigorously maintaining the health and safety of our SLI family, we need your assistance for its optimal success.

Lisa Jackson, President/CEO, SLI & FSLI