Santa Cruz County has announced aggressive recommendations for Encompass to reduce the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus. With confirmed cases that indicate community spread, the time is now to take action to protect vulnerable populations and the community at large.
Santa Cruz County issued a Stay at Home order effective 12:01am, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Because of the risk of the rapid spread of the virus, and the need to protect all members of the community and the Bay Area region, especially including our most vulnerable to the virus and also health care providers, this Order requires all individuals anywhere in Santa Cruz to shelter in place—that is, stay at home—except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing.
Encompass staff provide essential services both in residential and outpatient settings. We have adapted to physical distancing by working virtually when possible, and essential work to serve our residential programs are continuing to be staffed observing current CDC mitigation procedures In order to protect our vulnerable populations and the public health.
Message to our Santa Cruz County Community –
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Shelter in Place Order issued by the County Health Officer, the Encompass team is taking the following steps to help slow the spread of the virus in our community.
- Temporarily suspending accepting new clients into our residential programs.
- Limiting outside visitors at all programs, including residential programs.
- Temporarily suspending in-person groups, workshops, and sessions while providing some services over the phone.
- In alignment with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, which has closed all public schools in the County, we will be closing all Head Start and Early Head Start classes starting 3/16/20.
- Significantly limiting all in-person services.
Given the highly contagious nature of COVID-19 these measures are to help protect our clients and staff and mitigate the impact of the virus. We are following local, state, and federal agency guidelines and every day we are assessing the ways we can continue to provide the essential services we know our community depends on us for.
As always, please call the Encompass main office at 831-469-1700 if you need more specific information.
The Encompass Team
If you have questions about Coronavirus/COVID-19, please call United Way of Santa Cruz County at 211 or text “covid19” to 211211.