Turnstone COVID-19 Information
The ongoing developments of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be top of mind for all of us as we navigate this unprecedented community health event. We know that there are many questions and uncertainty as to how our community’s response might affect our typical routines. We want to emphasize that the health and safety of our Turnstone Family and community will continue to be our priority.
Turnstone leadership is closely monitoring all developments and we are working with the Allen County Department of Health as it relates to how we continue to provide programs and services to clients, as well as how we manage the gatherings, events, and tournaments currently on our organization’s calendar.
Any community members who need assistance related to any disability needs are encouraged to contact Kathy Baer, Turnstone’s Director of Social Services, at Kathy@turnstone.org or (260)969-7637. Every effort is being made to fully respond to individual client needs and community requests, including those specific to the impact of the COVID19, using distance-friendly methods as everyone continues to navigate the rapidly evolving health and social landscape.
Remote support and services will be made possible by Virtual Turnstone operations that encompass a variety of digital approaches that align with the organization’s mission to empower people with disabilities to achieve their highest potential. Learn more about Virtual Turnstone here.
Update as of March 25, 2020
In response to the shifting routines of citizens in our community and world-wide prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Turnstone Center will continue offering many of its support services to the community and its clients remotely.
Following the temporary suspension of Turnstone’s traditional face-to-face programming on services that was effective, March 17, every program area is actively conducting outreach, wellness and basic need checks directly with Turnstone clients and their caregivers. This communication will happen with all clients at least once a week. More frequent communication is taking place with clients as determined by their individual needs.
Turnstone’s Social Services team is continuing to interact with current clients and community members who contact them, providing referrals and support which include but are not limited to: equipment needs; access to essential needs such as food, financial resources, and transportation; exploration and access to state and federal aid resources, etc.
Digital resources are also being developed by program staff and will be shared on Turnstone’s website at www.turnstone.org and social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube to broaden the reach of Turnstone’s resources and increase the accessibility of disability-related information for our community. Virtual access will also provide wide-ranging benefits to people across the region by removing transportation barriers and addressing the mental health risks of social isolation.
Update as of March 18, 2020
After a 48-hour evaluation of Turnstone’s Kimbrough Early Learning Center, the childcare program will be temporarily suspended, joining Turnstone’s other programming and services that were closed earlier in the week in response to COVID-19 developments throughout the community and nation. Turnstone’s programs and services will be closed until at least March 31, 2020.
Update as of March 16, 2020
With serious consideration of government directives, CDC guidelines, and our shared responsibility for protecting the health of our community, we have made the decision to close Turnstone’s facilities as well as programming and services until further notice.
An exception to this current determination is Turnstone’s Kimbrough Early Learning Center which will remain open through at least Wednesday, March 18 while it undergoes a 48-hour evaluation as it relates to community needs, CDC guidelines, and recommendations from officials.
Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until further notice, programming will be canceled until at least March 31, 2020. This programming includes:
- All adult and pediatric therapy
- Adult Day Services
- Memory Care Program
- Fitness Center
- Fitness Group Classes
- Therapy Pool
- Competitive Sports
- Recreational Programming
- Facility Rentals
Additionally, all Turnstone Fitness Center memberships will be extended the equivalent of the closure.
Turnstone’s Social Services Department will continue to take inquiries and referrals to operate as a community resource for people with disabilities.
Turnstone’s phone lines will remain open at this time. Questions or concerns may be directed to email@example.com or (260)483-2100. Information and updates will also be posted to Turnstone.org.
Turnstone leadership will continue to evaluate the situation, heed recommendations from public health officials, and will make a decision to restart programs and services at a later date.
Update as of March 12, 2020
Given that one of the best ways to prevent the spread of viral illness is to limit contact and the associated risk of disease transmission, as of March 12, 2020, Turnstone will be following the directive of Indiana Governor Holcomb by canceling gatherings of more than 250 people, which includes this year's annual Turnstone Casino Night fundraiser.
We encourage you to rely on information from your local Department of Health for accurate and up to date information as this community health event continues to develop.
- Should clients and visitors still come to Turnstone during a COVID-19 outbreak?
- As of March 16, 2020, Turnstone is closed to all clients and visitors.
- We should all be taking responsibility for our own health needs and if anyone is at a higher risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19 (as defined by the CDC), the CDC is encouraging them to protect themselves by:
- Taking everyday precautions to keep space between themselves and others.
- When out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash hands often.
- Avoid crowds as much as possible.
- During a COVID-19 outbreak in the community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce the risk of being exposed.
Will Turnstone continue to offer its programs and services?
- Turnstone will work closely with our local Department of Health to determine when we are able to restart programs and services to our clients while protecting the health and safety of our staff, clients and community.
What is Turnstone doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?
- We are working closely with and following all of the directives established by our local Department of Health and including recommendations identified for mitigating exposure to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, for our staff, clients and guests.
- We are continuing to practice everyday prevention actions including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) that Turnstone staff use as part of our normal operations to protect the health and safety of our staff and clients. This includes: cleaning and sanitization efforts, frequent hand washing, and helping monitor staff, guests and clients who may be demonstrating signs of illness and helping them exit the facility.
- We are encouraging the practice of social distancing when possible
These recommendations* have been provided by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
*Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.