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COVID-19 Updates

Updated October 30, 2020

  • We’re very excited that several of the Center’s Day Hab Program sites have reopened.  We are continuing to work on plans to reopen other sites and services while ensuring the safety of the people we support.  Click on the links below to view the Safety Plans of the Day Hab Sites that are open:

    - 700 South Pearl Street Day Hab
    - Charles Park Day Hab
    Charles Park After School/After Work Respite
    - Glenville Day Hab
    - Prospect Day Hab
    - Smith Center
    - Without Walls Day Hab
  • The Langan School and Clover Patch Preschool programs have reopened.  Click here to view the reopening plan for the Center for Disability Education Division. This includes the Langan site in Albany, Langan Prospect site, CloverPatch Albany, and CloverPatch Glenville.

  • St. Margaret’s Center Pandemic Emergency Plan as of 09/15/2020

    To protect the well-being of residents, staff and visitors, St. Margaret’s Center maintains an All Hazards Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan which will be supplemented by the Center for Disability Services (CFDS) Pandemic Plan.  St. Margaret’s Center also maintains a Pandemic Emergency Plan (PEP) specific to the needs of the facility.

    The PEP describes the facility’s approach to mitigating the effects of, preparing for, responding to and recovering from a pandemic.

    The PEP covers the following areas in detail:

    ·         Infection Control

    o   Monitoring

    o   Surveillance

    o   Protection to Prevent Spread of Infection

    o   Isolation/ Cohorting

    o   Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    o   Staff Education

    ·         Communication Plans

    o   Staff

    o   Resident/ Family

    o   Important Contact Information

    o   Access to Alternate Communication Methods

    ·         Visitation

    ·         Staffing Considerations

    ·         Recovery- returning to routine facility operation following Pandemic

    The complete facility Pandemic Emergency Plan is located at the main entrance of the facility or a copy may be requested by contacting:

    Jule Kovacs, Administrator at jule.kovacs@cfdsny.org or 518-591-3323

    Cathy Welcome, Director of Program Operations at welcome@cfdsny.org or 518-591-3332

For all questions regarding your loved one’s program or care, please contact your care coordinators or program directors.

We will continue to post updates on this page as well as Facebook and Instagram. Follow @cfdsny to stay updated.
 

*Attention Center Health Care Patients*

We are now scheduling in-person routine care appointments for Primary Care, Dental, Physiatry, Podiatry, and Audiology practices at Center Health Care. 

Center Health Care is taking every precaution to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our patients and staff. We will continue to practice social distancing throughout the clinic, require wearing of face coverings for all patients, guests, staff entering the building, as well as appropriate additional PPE for all staff. We are limiting persons that accompany patients to those required for visit success. Anyone entering the building is required to wear a face covering; please note that we are unable to provide face coverings at this time and ask that you to bring your own. All individuals will be screened prior to and upon arrival for COVID19 exposure and symptoms and will have their temperatures checked and recorded.

We are practicing all required disinfecting protocols in our exam rooms and have employed a professional cleaning crew to disinfect all waiting areas and restrooms regularly .We have extended appointments to accommodate additional disinfecting procedures.

If your appointment was previously canceled due to the pandemic, a practice specialist will reach out to you to reschedule your appointment. We ask that patients keep their scheduled appointments to avoid waiting more than six months for routine care. Please arrive on time to accommodate screening procedures at the door.

Please let us know ahead of your scheduled appointment if you are ill so that we can evaluate your symptoms by phone first to ensure the most effective treatment for you while maintaining safety for all.  We look forward to seeing you again.

To schedule an appointment, call: (518) 437-5900. 

**Telemedicine Services are still available through Center Health Care**


COVID-19 Resources


COVID-19 Guidance from OPWDD
 

OPWDD - interim guidance related to Community Outings and Home Visits.


Department of Health - What you need to know about COVID-19



What actions is the Center taking to increase safety for my family member?

Our primary goal is to prevent illness with the people we support, and our staff.  In view of this goal, and at the recommendations of other health care agencies, we will be putting the following protocols in place:

  • We are screening all visitors to our residences for illness and travel to high risk areas to determine safety of allowing visitation.
  • Each facility will have a sign in and screening point for entry of all visitors.
  • We are limiting outings involving highly populated areas.
  • We will be limiting visitation from non-critical persons and screening our workforce.

We are carefully monitoring the local and global situation and following all guidance from local, state and federal health agencies.  State officials continue to emphasize that the general risk to the public is low and, while we all need to be vigilant and cautious, it is also important to stay calm and not contribute to any undue panic.  We will continue to keep you informed as the situation evolves. 

Center Leadership is meeting regularly, and will continue to stay current and communicate when appropriate.


We greatly appreciate your cooperation with these measures knowing that the health and protection of your loved ones is our priority.

 

Maria Kansas Devine MD, Chief Medical Officer

 

Gregory J. Sorrentino, President and CEO