HASA Leadership Response to COVID-19
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CEO and Executive Director, Erin Stauder's Letter to HASA Community
Dear HASA community,
As the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) becomes more prevalent in Maryland, residents are understandably seeking information from local leaders and service providers. Please know that HASA team members are collaborating with local, state, and federal agencies during this pandemic.
We will continue to follow all CDC recommendations to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our clients, patients, families, and employees. At this time, we are operational and will continue until local, state, or national health professionals deem a change is necessary. Please monitor emails and our social media channels for updates.
We will continue to remain in contact with the local education agencies, the Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the Maryland Department of Health for the latest information. There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
School children should stay home if sick. Audiology and speech-language pathology clients need to call to reschedule your appointment if you or someone in your household is sick. Help us prevent the spread of the virus. Information and updates related to COVID-19 can be found on the Center for Disease Control’s website (CDC) (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html).
The best thing we can do at this point is to remain informed and prepared to deal with any situation that arises. With so many variables, it will be critical for all of us to remain focused, stay calm, and use whatever preventative measures we have available to help ensure the safety of everyone involved with our organization.
HASA Clinic is open for business. You are important to us. It will be different but we are here for you!
Our audiology, speech, and occupational therapy services are being offered on a limited basis by appointment only. Please call us at 410-318-6780 or email Nyya Anderson, Practice Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audiology: We are offering curbside service for hearing aid repairs.
Speech and Occupational Therapies: We are offering services through teletherapy (remote via computer).
As mandated by the state, BCPS buildings are closed through Friday, May 15. During this period, Gateway School will provide “continuity of learning” starting on April 1 through virtual and print-based learning pathways depending on student access to technology. More information is available at Student Learning Resources.
Parents stay tuned for updates.
To reach us please call 410.318.6780 or email email@example.com.
Communication matters more than ever right now. CIRS is providing on-site and remote interpreting services.
For immediate interpreting needs: contact our CIRS 24-hour helpdesk at (410) 318-6780 Ext. 200 or email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At this time ASL classes are being offered online. Please see the information here.>>