Message from Stone Belt's CEO

November 20, 2020

Due to the rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 infections in Bedford, Bloomington, and Columbus, we have determined that closing our Lifelong Learning programs in these communities through December 11 is the safest course of action. 

We do not make this decision lightly, but by closing through this period, we can reduce the number of people that are exposed. Due to staff needing to cover multiple sites, we have not been able to keep all staff in only one service location, therefore putting more people at potential risk.

At this time, we plan to continue Bloomington Manufacturing Services. Manufacturing clients and staff, who provide products to Cook Incorporated, are considered front-line staff in the fight against COVID19, so we want to maintain the workforce as much as possible. We have the ability to create increased social distancing and have followed strict sanitation and hygiene protocol. In addition, the Manufacturing staff primarily work in one location, therefore creating more minimal risk. Clients and families in this program will be contacted to discuss their interest in continuing to work. While we can reduce risk in this program, we cannot eliminate it entirely.

Stone Belt’s ability to get back to normal operations depends upon everyone practicing the only defenses we have against this virus at this time – handwashing, mask-wearing, social distancing, and so forth. While we can’t control how the broader community responds, we implore our staff, clients, and families to take all the recommended precautions to prevent more people from getting sick.

Leslie Green, CEO Stone Belt


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