With the presence of COVID-19 in our Commonwealth the Governor issued on March 6, 2020 Executive Order 2020-215, declaring a state of emergency pursuant to his power under the Kentucky Constitution and KRS Chapter 39A regarding COVID-19, a respiratory disease causing illness that can range from very mild to severe, including illness resulting in death.
For Kentucky specific updates and information a state hotline 1.800.722.5725 is available to help Kentuckians who have questions or need help. For more information visit kycovid19.ky.gov and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html. Additionally, the KY Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing offer daily updates with captions and ASL interpretation on their VLOG page at: https://www.kcdhh.ky.gov/vlog/?p=1117
As a result, the KATS Network, its Regional AT Resource Centers and Project CARAT AT Reuse sites will be adhering to the following adjusted policies and hours of operation
KATS Network Coordinating Center
The Coordinating Center will be operating under normal business hours. We will not be accepting or distributing AT/ DME donations until further notice.
For up-to-date information on the KATS Network, its Regional AT Resource Centers and Project CARAT sites, please call the KATS Network Coordinating Center at (800) 327-5287, or visit this page.
Gov. Beshear announced new guidance that state boards and commissions cancel any scheduled in-person meetings, and instead use video teleconference technology. The new guidance provides that boards and commissions should provide the public with a link to access the meeting remotely. As a result, the KATS Network Advisory Council meetings will be conducted using Zoom Webinar Platform until further notice. Live ASL Interpreting will be provided.
Next Meeting Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Link: Coming soon
Enabling Technologies (enTECH) – Louisville
Entech/Spalding is closed until at least April 6, 2020. Depending on how everything goes the date may change.
HDI CATS – Lexington
HDI CATS will shift to appointment based AT loan and CARAT pickups, beginning 3/16/20. We will otherwise suspend our open to the public hours, as well as all drop-offs of equipment for reuse. We will be available by phone for consultations during our regular business hours of 8:30-4:30, M-F.
Redwood – Ft. Mitchell
Redwood is now limiting people allowed in our facility to in-house clients and staff only. We are suspending our demos and reutilization items at this time and are not taking donations. We continue to provide rentals. Items are sanitized with Clorox wipes. Providers will be asked to wait at entrances and rental items will be brought to them.
Wendell Foster AT Resource Center – Owensboro
We will limit direct contact with outside consumers but will continue to provide loans of most equipment, as long as it does not require specific training (i.e. positioning & mobility). Equipment will be sanitized and placed in a bag for the consumer to pick up at the front desk. First Steps loans will continue without interruption. In addition to sanitization prior to leaving our facility, service coordinator and providers will be given a directive to sanitize the equipment before leaving with the family. Wendell Foster staff can continue to check out equipment for therapy use. Staff should clean device immediately after use with patient, prior to returning to AT Center. If staff wants to send an item home with a patient, they will need to sanitize it before sending. Loan agreements will be sent and returned electronically. In addition, we will not accept outside equipment returns and reuse program will be temporarily suspended.
Carl D. Perkins Center – Thelma
Thelma – The Perkins Center will not be accepting or delivering any DME until further notice. Individuals are welcome to call and be placed on waiting lists as staff is available.
Project CARAT sites located in Louisville, Hazard, Thelma, Lexington, and Paducah have adopted new procedures for the duration of this public health emergency.
- Louisville, Entech/Spalding is closed until at least April 6, 2020.
- Hazard, University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health will not accept or distribute items until further notice.
- Thelma, Carl Perkins Training Center will not accept or distribute items until further notice.
- Lexington, University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute (HDI) Center for Assistive Technology Services (HDI/CATS) will have appointment-only pick-ups and suspend all drop-off services at this time.
- Paducah, Project CARAT Paducah will be closed as of Tuesday, April 7 until further notice. No AT/DME will be accepted or distributed during this closure.