The safety of our staff, volunteers, residents, and clients is our number one priority. Due to the pandemic, REACH of Washington is taking extra precautions for the safety of our staff, residents, clients, and volunteers. We are in constant contact with the Washington County Health Department and are following all recommendations and guidelines set forth by the CDC, local authorities, the state, HUD, and the Washington County Health Department. Therefore, we have strict protocols in place. We are constantly revaluating these protocols and updating as needed. The list below highlights changes we have made and is not inclusive. Please note that this list is updated frequently.
- Staff, volunteers, residents, clients, and guests will be screened prior to entering the building. This includes a temperature check, risk assessment questions, and observation for COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone deemed to be a risk will not be able to enter the building.
- Any staff, volunteers, residents, clients, and guests that have been deemed a “close contact” to a COVID positive individual, will not be allowed in the building for 14 days. Close contact is defined as being within 6ft of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 individual for more than 15 cumulative minutes over a 24-hour period.
- Anyone entering the building is required to wear a face covering. No exceptions.
- Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance and throughout the building.
- Shelter check-in has been changed to allow the staff to risk assess each resident before entering the shelter while maintaining safe social distancing.
- Residents may remove face coverings when eating and sleeping.
- Resident beds have been arranged to head-to-toe format to ensure social distancing in the shelter rooms.
- When in the building everyone must maintain safe social and physical distancing of 6ft. Tables and chairs have been moved to accommodate this rule. No more than 4-5 people per table when eating.
- We have moved to disposable plates and plastic utensils for meals.
- The shelter is cleaned daily and high-traffic areas are cleaned multiple times a day.
- Plexiglas barriers have been placed in around the shelter for protection (front desk, kitchen, command center etc.).
We thank everyone for their support and patience while we safely navigate this shelter season.