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JCDS response to COVID-19

At Johnson County Developmental Supports, we are working to ensure staff, residents and the people we serve continue to thrive as we navigate the changing nature of the current public health crisis. We are continuing to prioritize preventative measures such as social distancing, event rescheduling, and enhanced cleaning and sanitization processes at the Mark D. Elmore Center and in residential settings.

We are monitoring the news surrounding COVID-19 locally and nationwide, and remaining in consistent contact with county leadership, the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment and other relevant agencies as we take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of those we serve and our staff.

Until further notice, we will be making the following adjustments:

  • We are limiting visitors to the Elmore Center, and we’re asking anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19, traveled to a level 3 location, or anyone who doesn’t feel well to please refrain from visiting our facility.
  • Persons served with a fever or persistent cough will be sent home. Any visitors exhibiting these symptoms will not be admitted.
  • Out of precaution, nursing staff will begin checking temperatures of people we support entering the Elmore Center on Monday, March 16.
  • We are limiting community outings for the people we serve in order to avoid large gatherings and promote social distancing.
  • We are encouraging telecommunications as appropriate.
  • The volunteer program has been suspended. We will not be accepting new volunteers, nor will we be utilizing volunteers at this time.
  • If individuals receive residential support from JCDS and normally receive day services in a larger setting, such as the Elmore Center, they will be temporarily supported in their homes during the day.

We believe these precautionary steps are in the best interest of our staff and the people we support, and we anticipate these will be temporary.

This information is subject to change and could change at any point due to the nature of the situation. Our JCDS Pandemic Response Team is meeting daily to address new developments in this rapidly changing event.

For more information, please visit jocogov.org/coronavirus. Don’t hesitate to ask questions as you have them. For program specific questions, please contact Beth Johnson for information regarding Day Services and Sarah Schlitter for Residential Services. You may also contact Deputy Director Shelly May with general questions about services..