Governor Kemp has signed an executive order that lifts a shelter-in-place order for most of Georgia’s residents effective Friday, May 1st, while extending restrictions for those who are identified as medically fragile.1 Fulton County continues to lead the state with the number of documented newly confirmed COVID-19 cases. The Summit is committed to both serving the needs of our clients, while proceeding cautiously and responsibly, keeping the health of both our employees and clients in mind.
This phased response requires a downward trajectory of documented newly confirmed cases within a 14-day period. We will be using Georgia’s Department of Public Health2 daily status report as a guide for this COVID-19 response.
The Summit will enter “Phase One” tentatively starting May 11th based on COVID-19 Cases Over Time (7-day moving average). The time-period of Phase One is contingent on an evident decrease in confirmed cases, and an indication of a “flattening of the curve.” This phase will last for a period of no less than two-weeks.
At this time, only Psychological Services and Play Therapy Services will be provided in-office at the clinicians’ discretion:
If there is no evidence of a resurgence of the coronavirus and numbers continue to decline, Phase Two will involve the following, and will last for a period of no less than two weeks. This will start tentatively on May 25th .
At this time, all clinical services with the exception of groups will be provided in-office at the clinicians’ discretion:
If there is no evidence of a resurgence of the coronavirus and numbers continue to decline, phase three will involve the following, and will last for a period of no less than two weeks. This will start tentatively on June 8th .
All Services, including group will be available in-office:
Once Phase Three is complete, business will resume as usual, pre-COVID-19. The tentative date for this is June 22nd .
All clients and employees are encouraged to regularly monitor for symptoms through all phases of return. It is recommended to take a temperature on a daily basis, assess for dry cough, tiredness, aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat and diarrhea. On average it takes 5-6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.
In the event that a client, or employee has a confirmed case of COVID-19, the office will be shut down for a period of no less than 7-days. The coronavirus can live for hours to days on surfaces like countertops and doorknobs. How long it survives depends on the material the surface is made from. Upon return to the office, all areas will be wiped down and sanitized.
Any employee or client who presents to the office without a mask during the phased return will be at risk of being turned away from the office. The CDC recognizes that “a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms… In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain” Clients and Employees are able to make their own cloth mask coverings, following the YouTube Video here: https://youtu.be/tPx1yqvJgf4
1The governor’s office defines the “medically fragile” as people older than 65, residents who live in long-term care facilities, suffer from chronic lung disease, are undergoing cancer treatment, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone with the disease caused by the coronavirus. These individuals are required to shelter in place until June 12.