COVID-19 Update

Strengthening Our System Inc. is continuing to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 to ensure we are taking the proper precautionary measures for individuals and employees. The Management team continues to review information from CDC as well as the Virginia Dept. of Health and guidelines through DBHDS (Office of Licensing & Office of Human Rights).

Strengthening Our System Inc. is continuing to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 to ensure we are taking the proper precautionary measures for individuals and employees. The Management team continues to review information from CDC as well as the Virginia Dept. of Health and guidelines through DBHDS (Office of Licensing & Office of Human Rights).

We are requesting the following steps to be followed when it comes to providing services over the next few weeks

  1. SOS Inc. leadership team will remain vigilant into remaining as up to date as possible when it comes to the spread of COVID-19 and will adapt our responses as deemed necessary with any new information that is released to ensure the health and safety of the individuals we support as well as our employees.
  2. Non-essential trainings and meetings will be postponed. Licensing guidelines still require essential training related to health & safety needs so 1st aid/CPR & Behavioral Management training will continue unless you hear otherwise. Annual recertification will continue as scheduled.
  3. All employees are trained in Universal Precautions and are advised to use that training and maintain hygiene and environmental cleaning practices. Please use resource information from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html
  4. Community interaction should be restricted for the next couple of weeks to necessary outings such as appointments, pharmacy, food banks, etc. Most social venues have already been shut down out of precaution by employers or the state. SOS is working on an alternative resource listing to help with ideas of activities in the home.
  5. Employees will remain vigilant when communicating with your supervisor as well as families on symptoms, change in schedule and or not being able to work. Preference is to be symptom free for at least 48 hours.

We encourage everyone to follow precautionary measures that the CDC and VA Dept. of Health have provided.

 Latest News:

Governors executive order 72 is effective as of 12:01am Monday, December 14th, 2020 and is effective through January 31st, 2021

Curfew 12:00am-5:00am: Although this is not usually a timeframe in which we are providing services, for those whom have to commute let us know at the office if identifying information/letter is needed.

Here is an overview of the Executive Order 72:
Face Coverings Required – Indoors
All individuals in the Commonwealth aged five and older must cover their mouth and nose with a face covering, as described and recommended by the CDC, if they are in an indoor setting shared by others. This requirement applies to state and local government settings, train stations, bus stations, and intrastate public transportation, including buses, rideshares, trains, taxis, and cars for hire, as well as any waiting or congregating areas associated with boarding public transportation. This requirement shall not apply in any area under federal jurisdiction or control.

This restriction does not apply to persons inside their personal residence.

Individuals may remove face coverings to participate in a religious ritual.

Face Coverings Required – Outdoors
All individuals in the Commonwealth aged five and older must cover their mouth and nose with a face covering, as described and recommended by the CDC, when outdoors and unable to maintain at least six feet of physical distance from other individuals who are not Family members.
Social Gatherings: These are limited to 10 persons.
Feel free to read the Executive Order in it’s entirety at the following link https://www.governor.virginia.gov/executive-actions/

As SOS employees, please make sure you continue to self-monitor, check temperature and communicate with your supervisor, individual/family on symptoms or if you have been in contact or contacted about exposure.
Wear masks, wash hands, use hand sanitizer, and maintain 6 feet apart when possible.
If you are in need of masks please reach out to the office to request more. We continue to resupply so don’t hesitate to ask.

SOS will continue to keep everyone informed of any changes or additional actions that are needed.