LifeScape's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
Teletherapy Could Be An Option For You: Thursday, April 2
Our therapists and psychologists are seeing outpatients in clinic and through teletherapy.
For best outcomes, we still recommend in-clinic therapies, but many insurance providers are now covering virtual therapy sessions.
Call if you have questions: (605) 444-9700
Dr. Haggar Offers Advice and Much-Needed Reassurance (Tuesday, March 31)
UPDATE: Saturday, March 14, 10:30 a.m.
Visiting Loved Ones
The health and safety of those we support are important. At this time we are not allowing any visitors to our 26th Street facility based on guidelines from the Center for Medicaid Services and the CDC. Thank you for your help and cooperation in keeping the children healthy. Visits to those in adult residential homes are limited to immediate family members/guardians, and we ask that you call ahead regarding visitation status. This is an emerging situation, and our protocols are subject to change at any time to keep people safe, many of whom are medically vulnerable.
LifeScape’s Outpatient Centers are still open and seeing patients. We kindly ask our patients and their family members to please stay home if ill, and for our staff to do the same. (Please do call to cancel, though.)
A Message From The CEO (Friday, March 13)
In these unprecedented times of anticipating and reacting to the Coronavirus, our focus has been on ensuring the health and safety of those we support and our staff. This is a very fluid event and we are reacting in real-time. Today Governor Noem declared a state of emergency for South Dakota and issued an executive order to close all public schools effective Monday, March 16. President Trump has also declared a national state of emergency.
I thought it appropriate to share with the public key actions we are taking to follow the directives established by the Federal, State and local authorities as of today (March 13):
• We will be closing our Specialty School effective Monday, March 16
• We will be closing the Pathways to Life program effective Monday, March 16
• We will be closing Adult Day Services effective Monday, March 16
• We continue to cancel / postpone LifeScape events
• Visitor restrictive protocols are in place at all LifeScape locations. (See March 14 update above)
As importantly, we have a continued emphasis on the basic health and hygiene processes suggested by the CDC.
If you have questions, please call LifeScape at (605) 444-9500 or email info@LifeScapeSD.org. Take care, and stay safe. We will get through this.
Steve Watkins, CEO
- For the most complete and authoritative information on COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
- For the latest information on COVID-19 in South Dakota, please visit the South Dakota Department of Health website.
- Staff with questions can call the Employee Health Line at (605) 444-9516 or email employeehealth@LifeScapeSD.org
As with any newly emerging infectious disease, knowledge evolves with time. We will continue to update as information is available from the DOH and CDC.
Q: What exactly is coronavirus?
A: Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause mild respiratory illnesses such as the common cold. Some coronaviruses have caused more severe illness, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new coronavirus that was not identified in humans before December 2019.
Q: How is COVID-19 transmitted?
A: COVID-19 is thought to spread similarly to influenza. That is, it spreads person to person through respiratory droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze. These droplets can land on surfaces within about 6 feet and can spread to other people after they contact these infected surfaces with their hands and subsequently touch their face.
Q: What are symptoms of the novel coronavirus?
A: Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. It takes 2 to 14 days after a person gets the virus in their body to become ill. COVID-19 is a new disease, and we are learning more each day about its symptoms and how it is spread.
A key indicator of your risk is whether you have traveled to a country affected by COVID-19 or been in contact with someone who may have the virus.
Q: How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
A: To avoid COVID-19, you should:
- Keep your hands clean.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough and sneezes to keep germs from spreading to others.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces routinely.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
Q: What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?
A: If you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your local health care provider or hospital, and ask how best to be evaluated.