Community Thread’s Pandemic Reopening Plan

Community Thread is committed to keeping our community engaged, enriched and connected. We have taken thoughtful steps to ensure that we can provide a safe and healthy environment for our employees, volunteers and visitors.

Below you will find important details about our re-opening plan. In addition to these protocols, Community Thread continues to follow daily sanitizing and infection prevention recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), as well as federal OSHA standards related to COVID-19.

We will continue to revise and update this plan as recommendations change. In the meantime, please review the messages below and call us at 651-439-7434 with any questions. We can’t wait to see you!

General Guidelines for Visitors

Community Thread’s building will reopen on May 18 with the following accommodations:

· All visitors who enter our facility for more than 10 minutes will be required to undergo a health screening prior to entering the building.

· No one with a temperature of 100.4 or higher or who responds positively to the questions on the health screening will be allowed to enter.

· Visitors will be tracked on a daily log to support contact tracing efforts if a positive case emerges.

· All visitors who enter our facility will be required to wear a protective mask.

Older Adult Program

Community Thread will resume Older Adult Programs that can practice social distancing effective June 1 with the following accommodations:

· Pre-registration is required for all activities with payment accepted electronically.

· Activities will be limited to a 10-person maximum.

· No outside food or drink will be allowed.

· Check-in will be done at the front desk. The self-check kiosk will be closed.

· Participants will be required to wear a protective mask during activities.

· Rooms will be arranged to create 6 feet of social distance.

· Activities that can be offered online will be scheduled and communicated.

Several existing programs are cancelled until further guidelines are received. Cancelled activities include:

· Card games: 500, Bridge, Bunco, Hand & Foot, Mahjong, Pinochle

· Dominoes

· Hot in the Kitchen

· Men’s Waffle Breakfast

Chore Services and Transportation Program

We continue to offer in-home and outdoor chore services and rides to medical appointments based on volunteer availability. Volunteers and recipients will be provided with guidelines and practices to help ensure the safety of all.

Chore Service Recipients

Chore Service recipients are required to …

· Check their temperature and review the health screening checklist at least one hour prior to their volunteer’s visit. If their temperature is 100.4 or greater or they respond positively to the health screening, they should notify the chore services volunteer and the chore services office immediately.

· Practice recommended hygiene and respiratory etiquette and social distancing protocols when interacting with their chore services volunteer.

· Wear a mask if within 6 feet of their chore services volunteer.

· Sanitize any tools or supplies to be used by their chore services volunteer prior to the appointment.

Chore Service recipients should not schedule an appointment and/or must cancel if anyone who lives in or has recently visited their home exhibits a fever or any symptoms on the health screening checklist.

Transportation Recipients

Riders are required to …

· Check their temperature and review the health screening checklist at least one hour prior to their ride. If their temperature is 100.4 or greater or they respond positively to the health screening, they should notify the transportation office immediately.

· Wash or sanitize their hands before entering a driver’s vehicle.

· Wear a mask at all times when in a driver’s vehicle.

· Practice recommended hygiene and respiratory etiquette when in a driver’s vehicle.

Volunteers

We welcome volunteers who wish to continue to support our work in compliance with our Pandemic Response Plan.

Volunteers are subject to the same temperature check, health screening questions and general protocols as employees and other visitors. Volunteers are encouraged to check their temperature and review the screening questions prior to coming to the building or delivering an offsite service.

Chore Service Volunteers

Chore Service volunteers are asked to …

· Provide their own tools if possible, and, if not, are required to sanitize the homeowner’s tools before and after use.

· Wear a mask when working inside a recipient’s home.

· Practice recommended hygiene and respiratory etiquette and social distancing protocol.

Volunteer Drivers

Volunteer drivers are required to wear a mask when within 6 feet of a rider and to sanitize their vehicle after use.

Additional volunteer guidelines and protocols will be shared by Community Thread staff.

Please do not hesitate to call 651-439-7434 with any questions or for clarification on these new guidelines.