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The safety and well-being of our REACH Foundation colleagues, community partners and the public remain our highest priority as the negative impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) rapidly become more pronounced across the Kansas City region.
At REACH, we are looking to experts such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so that we are informed and can help share information appropriately without creating additional anxiety and fear. As we undertake this effort, we encourage our partners to educate themselves and their colleagues, clients, families and neighbors about the science of the virus and how it spreads. Sharing accurate information is paramount to help manage the spread of this virus.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. Medical experts estimate the mortality rate from COVID-19 is roughly 10 times that of influenza. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
The CDC is working closely with local health agencies as well as health organizations around the globe to track the occurrence of the virus and to provide factual information on how we can work to minimize individual and community risk. Everyone has a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in communities.
Out of an abundance of caution and recognizing the significant risk of COVID-19 to those who are elderly or with compromised immune systems due to chronic disease or other conditions, REACH will take the following steps effective immediately and through at least April 10, 2020.
For Our Employees and Guests:
For Our Grantee Partners:
Among our concerns are people in our bi-state region who do not have health coverage or access to basic medical care due to cost, and those workers who do not have the option of staying home or working remotely. Our highest concerns are for people who don’t have the social and financial resources to manage the impact from the development of the virus. We know there are disparities in access to care throughout our region and want to find ways that we can help to reduce those barriers.
For those who want to help on a more personal level, we suggest:
A final note: As we grapple with the health, financial and social effects of this virus, be patient, show kindness and use good judgment in your interactions with workmates, neighbors and fellow community members. This is a public health emergency, and requires precaution and care to resolve this health challenge.