At sasi, our highest priority is the health and well-being of our staff and the individuals in our care. To that end, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and taking proactive steps to ensure everyone is well-informed and protected.
All of sasi’s facilities, including our residences and habilitation units, remain open and operating as usual. Our diligent staff has enacted safety procedures at every site to help contain the spread of the disease and to prevent our employees and individuals from contracting it. They include:
- Regular handwashing with soap and water by all staff
- Frequent sanitizing of all shared surfaces (door handles, faucets, etc.)
- Required use of hand sanitizer by all who enter the building
Since COVID-19 is rapidly spread from person to person, sasi is following the advice of health officials from New York State and Erie County to limit interaction, especially in large groups. sasi has cancelled all events, including our Mardi Gras fundraiser that had been scheduled for March 21 at Lucarelli’s Banquet Center. All future event cancellations will be posted. All necessary meetings are now being conducted over the phone.
Staff members and individuals who display any signs of illness are asked not to report or will be sent home. As of now, visitations to facilities will be restricted to essential visits for health, safety, and/or emergency operations. All visitors will be screened, and any person who does not meet the necessary criteria, or who displays symptoms of illness, will not be permitted to enter sasi facilities.
All staff are provided regular updates about COVID-19 and sasi’s procedures for dealing with it through webinars, email, and our intranet.
We strongly encourage everyone to protect themselves and those around them from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases by practicing good hygiene. If you develop symptoms, such as a cough, shortness of breath, or a fever, contact your local healthcare provider.
For more information
To read the latest on the ever-changing condition of the disease, please visit the following sources regularly: