Friends & Family,
Over the past two months we have faced many difficult decisions regarding how we best address the issues surrounding COVID-19. During that time we have committed to making data-informed and expert-guided decisions, establishing specific criteria for us to use as we determine what is best for LOGAN and the individuals we serve. I continue to receive data and guidance from local and state officials who are the most knowledgeable in what is still an ever-changing pandemic.
Speculation is one thing we will not base decisions upon. Just read the news or look at social media and it’s easy to get caught up in what might or could happen. Unfortunately, there are no exact predictors for this pandemic or a guaranteed timeline in which society resumes normalcy.
Our Governors have given repetitive, extended timelines and we have mirrored their timelines with potential dates for what happens next at LOGAN. I am hesitant to continue doing that as the data is showing that our communities continue experiencing upward trends in confirmed positive cases, intensive care unit admissions and deaths related to COVID-19. Given these trends and guidance from officials, we would be acting irresponsibly by re-opening now all suspended programs simultaneously and in full.
COVID-19 will be in our lives for quite some time and it’s not realistic to keep our clients from services until COVID-19 is gone. While still prioritizing the health and safety of our clients, we are moving forward with preparations to gradually and thoughtfully re-open programs. Those preparations include the acquisition of Personal Protective Equipment, cleaning and sanitizing procedures, physical distancing plans and other considerations that will allow us to safely reintroduce our clients to the suspended services. Each program will be evaluated individually recognizing that their unique circumstances will dictate timelines and scope of reopening. We will take a cautious approach. Staff will be brought back proportionately to provide services and support for those services. In the meantime, I have encouraged staff currently on temporary layoff to consider working in our residential programs.
Information about program status and staff returning to work will continue to be regularly shared via email, social media and our website.
Yours in good health,
President and CEO