MAB Community Services Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
We wanted to let you know that we are closely monitoring the latest information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regarding the Coronavisus (COVD-19). The health and well being of our clients, students, staff and the communities we serve is of the upmost importance. We are taking several measures on how we deliver our programs and services and interact with each other, adhering to the latest guidance from state and federal officials as well as the CDC to ensure everyone’s well-being.
This is what we are doing:
- In all divisions we are will be working to avoid large group meetings in all our buildings. Whenever possible, meetings will be moved online for staff and with outside providers.
- We are modifying our phone service to enable staff to cover our phones remotely, ensuring no interruption of service
- We are preparing our staff’s computer options so everyone will have the capability to have the tools to video into meetings that don’t require an in-person presence.
- All MABVI Peer Support group meetings will shift from in-person to phone meetings
- We will be working closely with senior and community centers and other community partners during this time if events need to be canceled or rescheduled.
- In our physical facilities, the custodial staff have been disinfecting all the high touch surfaces daily. This includes all doorknobs / handles, handrails, counter tops, sink faucets and light switches. We have also added additional hand sanitizer dispensers.
- This is an especially vulnerable time for the blindness community as transportation, public access and obtaining information becomes harder. As community resources and supports become available, we will make every effort inform our client about available resources in their area as we find out about them.
Our priority is the safety and well-being of our clients, students, staff, and the communities in which we live and work. We will continue to monitor conditions daily and we will evaluate additional measures and provide updates as needed.
- The most up-to-date and accurate information on Coronavirus can be found at the Center for Disease Prevention (CDC) website: www.cdc.gov/COVID19
- The Massachusetts Department of Public Health website: www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.
- Up to date information and guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education can be found on their website: http://www.doe.mass.edu/sfs/emergencyplan/covid19.html
- Massachusetts residents can now call 2-1-1 for real-time #COVID19 information, resources, and referrals in multiple languages.