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Coronavirus Action Plan, Resources & Information Update

By Rae van Seenus on Mar 14, 2020 at 08:09 PM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog

Dear UCP WORK, Inc. Community,

UCP WORK Inc. is committed to the health and safety of all our program participants and staff.  As such, we continue to closely monitor the developments related to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from our local county Public Health Departments and the Centers for Disease Control.     

We continue to follow the guidance for programming based on recommendations from the Department of Developmental Services and Tri-Counties Regional Center.  Currently, all programs are open.  We recognize that some of the people we support are at a greater risk of medical complications if they are exposed to coronavirus.  We have carefully assessed the risk level of each person we support and are individualizing plans to meet their needs with their respective support teams to ensure continuity of care.  

To date, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County. We continue to follow best practices to mitigate the spread of disease and are adhering to the guidelines below in all programs:

  • Mandatory handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds for all staff and participants- upon arrival, after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose.
  • Regular disinfecting of all common areas and frequently touched objects.
  • Requiring participants and staff to stay home when sick.
  • Anyone showing flu-like symptoms will be sent home immediately.
  • We will limit outside visitors.
  • Requesting that people cover their mouths when sneezing or coughing (with a tissue if possible or point your mouth into your arm), then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Soap and water help!! The virus will break down if exposed to soap, so there is no need to only use disinfectant agents when cleaning.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. 
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of Coronavirus to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
    • The CDC does not recommend that people who are healthy wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.


We encourage our families and staff to review and discuss these practices both at work and as a family at home so that everyone is aware and feels supported.

We will continue to update our community through information from our county and state Public Health Departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other communication channels as we learn more. 

Please contact us with any questions, comments or suggestions.   Thank you for your collaboration and support as we navigate this together.  


Judy Linares
Executive Director