This is increasingly becoming a rather extraordinary time for the St. Louis region. As our community processes news of the first Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) case in St. Louis this past weekend, we’ve been giving a lot of thought to the virus. Our top priority at LifeBridge Partnership is the health and safety of our clients and staff.
We are writing today to inform you we are proactively taking steps to prevent the potential spread of the virus. We also want to share resources with our families and staff. At this point, the spread of COVID-19 in our area has not reached the point where health officials are recommending that businesses close. However, due to the health challenges that some of our clients face, our Board of Directors has chosen to suspend all program services through March 31, 2020. At that time, we will re-evaluate the situation.
During this break in services, staff will be actively planning activities for April and beyond. And, we will be ready to resume services at a moment’s notice.
Take the following routine precautions:
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
- It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
More information is available from the following agencies:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 spreads through prolonged contact with individuals who have a confirmed COVID-19 case. Prolonged contact is defined as being within six feet of an infected person for 15-30 minutes or more. If you or a family member do come in direct contact with an individual who is symptomatic, please call your primary care physician. If you do not have a family doctor, call the St. Louis County Department of Health at 314-615-0500.
LifeBridge Partnership takes measures year-round, and especially during cold and flu season, to maintain healthy environments. We are regularly disinfecting our vans and use personal protective equipment when applicable.
We will continue to monitor, communicate and share all information with you, and do everything we can to keep clients and staff safe and healthy.
Chief Executive Officer