Covid-19 Update & Guidance
Information about the impact of COVID-19 on The Arc Montgomery County.
April 28, 2020
From Chrissy Shawver, Chief Executive Officer
It is with great sadness that I share additional hard news—one our Direct Support Professionals has died from COVID-19. We recently learned that he sought medical treatment and died approximately one week later. The last day he worked for The Arc was April 19.
We are unsure where he contracted the virus, because all of the people living in the home where he worked have been quarantined since mid-March. This untimely death highlights the risk that all of us take every day as we move about in our community.
Effective immediately, we are implementing additional procedures to reduce transmission of COVID-19 into our homes and to reduce the chance that our DSPs accidentally carry the virus into their own homes. All staff will receive additional training on safely putting on and removing PPE, and the appropriate use of masks and gloves. We are also testing all of the individuals we support so that we know who is already infected.
Our thoughts and prayers are with this individual’s family, and with each and every one of our DSPs. These dedicated employees are on the front lines of this pandemic every day. It’s a challenging job in the best circumstances and much more so now. We count on them, we appreciate them, and we are committed to doing all that we can to protect them on the job.