We know some of you may be concerned about the spread of COVID-19 being reported in the media and how it may affect us here at Lexington, and we want to ensure you that our greatest concern is providing a safe, caring and healthy environment for those the individuals we support.
We request that anyone who presents symptoms of respiratory illness not visit any of our facilities in Fulton or Albany Counties. the facility. These symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, and/or shortness of breath. We have posted signs on our entryway doors to notify visitors ofwho have these symptoms that they should not enter. We understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important, and there are a variety of other ways that family and friends may connect with people we support might consider connecting with them, including telephone, email, text, through Skype or here on Facebook. (for website the last sentence should end with ….or on Facebook or other social media platforms).
If you do must visit, please be advised that you will be asked the following questions to ensure the health and safety of everyone:
1. Have you traveled to a country that the Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) has issued a COVID-19 Level 2 or 3 travel designation within the last 14 days?
2. To your knowledge, have you had contact with any Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) for COVID-19 within the last 14 days, or with anyone with known who has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
3. Do you have any symptoms of a respiratory infection (e.g. couch, sore throat, fever, or shortness of breath)?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, your visit will be declined to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Please contact the NYS Department of Health (DOH) for further direction.
Lexington is following the recommendations of the CDC and the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities on prevention steps, including following strict handwashing procedures when interacting with residents (individuals we support?) who are sick, and taking measures to adhere to social distancing guidance – including keeping people in our residential program home during the day, and providing at-home Day Hab services.
We are also staying up-to-date with the CDC recommendations as they are updated. In addition, our facility organization is in close contact with the local and state health departments and are following their guidance.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kathy Kane, Director of Medical Services at Lexington, at 518-775-5442.
For additional information, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html