Developmental Disability Service Provider
March 26, 2020
To all Stakeholders, Families and Guardians of those supported by Duet,
The COVID – 19 pandemic is still evolving and I want to keep everyone updated on the measures the Agency has taken thus far, future plans and other pertinent information.
As of today, there have been two people supported and three employees tested. Keep in mind, there are approximately 1400 people, between employees and people we support, that are a part of Duet. Five total tests is a very low number. Three of the tests have come back negative and two are still pending. If anyone tests positive, the Agency will notify all that have come in contact with the person diagnosed. Again, so far, this is not an issue.
Throughout Omaha the number of positive cases continue to rise, so Duet has made the decision to keep day service locations and all offices closed until April 10th. The Agency will continue to evaluate the situation and follow recommended guidelines from the Center of Disease Control, State of Nebraska, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Douglas County Health Department. On April 10th, a decision on possible re-openings on April 13th will be made.
The Agency is limiting the number of people going into homes and has stopped all non-essential activities in the community, in efforts to reduce any chance of exposure to the people we support and employees. The CDC has declared that airplanes and airports are places people are likely to contract COVID-19. Therefore, any employee who travels by airplane during this social distancing period will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days after their travel and unable to return to work until it is complete.
The Agency is requesting that any families that would typically take their loved one out of a Duet home for visits in their home reconsider. This will help immensely with assuring that people are not unintentionally exposed. If this request is not one a family is willing to consider, the Agency is suggesting that the family member keep their loved one supported by Duet at their home for the duration of the social distancing period. Once the social distancing period ends, the loved one would return to their home that is supported by Duet. Families are always welcome to visit, following precautions that the Agency has established. The Agency cannot prohibit a family from taking their family member to their home, however the Agency must do its part to reduce the number of people those we support, and our employees are exposed to.
Thanks everyone for continued patience in this disruption to services while the Agency does all it can to minimize exposure and keep all involved with Duet as safe and healthy as possible.
Debbie Herbel, Agency Executive Director
Duet offers a range of services to support, nurture and guide Nebraskan children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities toward lives of independence. We work closely with individuals and their families to offer them customized, loving care that caters to their unique needs. Our mission is to support, encourage and empower people to lead lives of learning and fulfillment.
We offer a wide range of services to support the people we support by uniting and empowering together.
The Eastern Nebraska Human Services Agency
Looking for a meaningful career that will give your life a sense of purpose as you help others realize the dream of independent living? We are always seeking compassionate, dedicated individuals eager to help people lead dignified and successful lives.
We offer competitive salary and benefits packages as well as a fun, fast-paced work environment that allows you to grow your knowledge and skills while making a meaningful difference in people’s lives. DUET is an equal opportunity employer.