Dec 14, 2020

Coronavirus Update

By Mary Lee Foundation

Just like you, we’re concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are here to support our clients, residents and employees. We’d like to take this opportunity to provide you with some information on what we’ve been up to on the square.

“Our new normal keeps adjusting as we make the best of a difficult situation. We are thinking creatively to meet the needs of all those that call “the square” home, clients, residents and employees.” – Charlene Crump, Director

We continue to follow the Texas guidelines which limits access to our clients with the exception of providers of essential services. The recent “Stay Home – Work Safe” order placed on March 24 didn’t affect us as The Mary Lee Foundation is considered an essential business. Many of our clients with intellectual disabilities that work in the community are food service workers (also considered essential), so we continue to bring them to and from their jobs.

Our screening measures for all employees, clients and essential visitors remain in place. We are looking for signs of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath or sore throat. Hand hygiene remains our number one tool.

We have provided our employees with the CDC prevention guidelines and an easy to follow questionnaire to help diagnose any symptoms related to COVID-19. We’ve provided our residents with a similar questionnaire for symptoms, coronavirus recommendations and a list of local Austin resources that covers healthcare, food, transportation, rental, utilities and employment assistance. Our clients with intellectual disabilities are all sheltering in place and we are keeping them busy with art projects and games.

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