Dear Listen and Talk Families,

As our community monitors and responds to the impact of coronavirus (2019-nCOV), Listen and Talk is following guidance from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Public Health Seattle- King County. The immediate risk to the general public in Washington and the United States is considered to be low at this time. While it is possible that some person-to-person spread of this virus will happen in the United States, the 2019-nCoV is NOT currently spreading in the community. Listen and Talk is committed to keeping your family and our team safe. 

The CDC is recommending that travelers from China (including staff, children, and volunteers) arriving after February 2, 2020 at 2 p.m. stay home away from others and public places for 14 days. Listen and Talk will follow this recommendation and ask families to follow the CDC recommendation, which was put into place because of the growing numbers of 2019-nCOV cases in China. Listen and Talk continues to follow any changes and we will update families as we learn more. 

If this plan interrupts any of your services, Listen and Talk’s team will connect with you by phone and/or telepractice to confirm how we will support you while you may be staying home. 

Also, as we continue through the winter flu season, we share the following ways to help everyone stay healthy: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available for hand-washing 
  • Cover your cough with a tissue or your elbow, not your hand.  Then throw tissue away and wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Ask your Listen and Talk provider about telepractice and/or cancel sessions and stay home when you are sick
  • Keep students home if their temperature is above 100.0 F (38.7 C) or they are not feeling well, appear weak, or sick
  • Talk with your health care provider if you or your child has special health conditions that put you at increased risk for flu

If you are interested in more information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, these resources may be helpful.  

Thank you for working with us to keep everyone healthy! We are honored to be part of your family’s support team and welcome any questions you might have. Know that we are wishing everyone good health!   

Erik Kramer, BA
Director of Finance and Operations