IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM STARPOINT CEO
May 5th, 2020
RE: Update to Starpoint Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
To our Families, Clients, Staff, and Community Partners, I wanted to take this time to update everyone on Starpoint’s program services and the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our agency. Just like many of you, we are closely following the frequent changes to Executive orders, Public Health Orders, COVID-19 cases in our counties, and now the new “Safer-at-Home” strategy in the state of Colorado.
Our priority continues to be the health and safety of our staff, those we serve, and our community as we move forward with our services and supports. We are excited that the move to a “Safer-at-Home” strategy will allow for us to begin creating a safe plan to re-open services and serve our community again. We are eager to re-open our doors, bring back the staff that we value so much, and be able to serve our clients, families, and communities once again. Starpoint serves a wide scope of populations and communities and therefore the strategy of re-opening services will vary by program. We will follow all State guidance on when it is safe to re-open and what the structure of the programs will look like. So far, we anticipate a “soft” re-opening with smaller settings, staggered hours of services, and increased safeguards such as wearing masks, frequent hand washing, and social distancing. This will be similar to all the safeguards that you are seeing throughout the community.
Starpoint has recently submitted a Social Distancing Protocol to Fremont County Public Health and Chafee County Public Health to outline our efforts to maintain the health and safety of those who enter our Administration buildings, childcare centers, and Adult Day Program settings. This is the first of many steps to re-open our doors. As most of our programs are state and federally funded, we must also receive guidance and authorization from each program authority to restart the services. Starpoint will be reaching out individually to clients, families, and employees in various programs with information that pertains to the particular program of interest and what re-opening of those services will look like. This is individualized as some services fall under Phase 2 of the Governor’s “Safer-at-Home” plan and others fall under subsequent Phases. Though we cannot give you a specific date at this time, we are committed to keeping you updated when we know more.
We cannot thank everyone enough for their understanding and patience as we have navigated this pandemic and the effects on our services and supports. Though the last several weeks have been difficult, we are seeing hope in the future and look forward to seeing you all soon! If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at any time.
Chief Executive Officer