COVID-19 Agency Update

COVID-19 Update

05.01.2020

COVID-19 Update from:

Tracy Libertino-Fegarsky

President and CEO of Metrolina Association for the Blind, Inc. (MAB)

Here at MAB the health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance. Our sympathy and thoughts go out to those impacted by the COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

We are thankful for your continued support and we greatly appreciate your patience during this unusual time.

We will continue to protect our visitors, volunteers, clients, staff and our community in general, and have taken several measures. New safety measures are based on direction provided by the World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/ and Government officials, NC Public Health https://publichealth.nc.gov/.

The suspension of our Vision Rehabilitation Services being performed at our facility in Charlotte, NC, as well as, any offsite face-to-face activity with clients will continue on through June 30, 2020. The suspension includes cancellation of Low Vision Clinic or Rehabilitation / Therapy appointments and home visits and the suspension of the direct contact activity for the following department activity through June 30, 2020:

    • Case Management
    • Low Vision Optometry and Therapy
    • Vision Rehabilitation Therapy
    • Assistive Technology Training
    • Independent Living Skills Training
    • Orientation & Mobility Training
    • Transportation
    • Groups, clubs and recreational activities
    • In Person Fundraising Events

All staff able to conduct business remotely will continue to work from a remote location and are unable to access the MAB offices. Please continue to leave them voicemail and email as they are working remotely and accepting referrals, returning calls and providing community support.

MAB Staff that are non-essential for Accessible Document Services (ADS) business continuity and able to continue to work remotely are required to do so. MAB Staff that are not able to work from home and have been cross-trained for ADS now report to this department.

The MAB ADS department will continue to operate business as usual. All ADS staff and essential support personnel for this service will continue to work from the Charlotte, NC office.

MAB leadership will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and take necessary precautions to preserve the integrity of controls, practices, security and safety. At this time, we are thankful to have a healthy staff and to be able to continue to operate our ADS services as normal.

We appreciate your understanding and support and encourage you to reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank You for your partnership with MAB.

Stay Safe.Stay Healthy.

Tracy Libertino-Fegarsky

President and CEO, Metrolina Association for the Blind, Inc.



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