FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 15, 2020) – As a precaution and in support of community efforts to suppress the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Lee Association for Remarkable Citizens (LARC) will be closing its day training programs from March 16th through Monday, March 30th, 2020. Staff at LARC will be monitoring developments between now and March 30th and share additional plans as they are finalized.
This update is based on current information as of Sunday, March 15. LARC continues to monitor guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html), the State of Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities and local government.
“LARC has had no known cases of staff, clients, visitors or program participants who have been exposed to or are exhibiting symptoms consistent with those of COVID-19,” said Kevin Lewis, Executive Director of LARC. “This decision is based on several factors, including the organization’s practice to follow the procedures of the Lee County School District, statewide and national efforts to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 and the mission we have to support our vulnerable population and their families. We ask your assistance and cooperation in these efforts – working together is the best way to protect everyone’s health and well-being.”
- The most effective prevention strategies to date include good personal hygiene such as frequent and effective handwashing, minimizing touching of others when possible, social distancing, not sharing food or drinks, and covering your mouth/nose when coughing or sneezing.
- People exhibiting signs of illness are asked to stay home in order to avoid the risk of infecting others. These signs can include dry coughs, a fever or signs of other illnesses (such as a sore throat) that may be infectious.
- Participants, employees and families are urged to follow current guidelines (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html) with respect to their activities or to seek medical attention if symptoms emerge.
Updates will be provided on LARC’s Facebook page, website (www.larcleecounty.org) and personal communication, including email and phone calls.
For further information contact Kevin Lewis at (239) 334-6284 x210, (239) 989-1005 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Established in 1954, LARC Inc.’s mission is to empower and support individuals with disabilities and their families to reach their full potential. LARC is a 501(c)3 that provides programs and services for approximately 300 local men and women annually. The nonprofit offers youth programs, vocational training, community residential services, and a vast array of other state-of-the-art community inclusion services on a full-time, year-round basis. LARC’s main campus is located at 2570 Hanson Street, Fort Myers, and has a satellite campus in Bonita Springs. LARC also operates two Residential Group Homes located in Cape Coral and North Fort Myers.