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COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

COVID-19 procedures that are followed for services on site at St. David's Center, at partner sites, and during in-home services.

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COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS PLAN FOR SERVICES PROVIDED IN ST. DAVID’S CENTER’S BUILDINGS,
AT PARTNER SITES & IN FAMILY HOMES

Introduction: Safety and health are of utmost importance. This plan is dynamic and will be continually updated to reflect emerging information and best practice recommendations based on community COVID-19 numbers and spread, community norms among similar agencies, and guidance from public health organizations and the medical community.

Last Updated: December 6, 2022

1) ILLNESS ASSESSMENT, EXCLUSION & RETURN POLICY
Clients, staff, and guests must assess their symptoms before receiving or providing in-person services or
working in one of St. David’s Center’s buildings or partner sites. If a client, staff, or guest is feeling unwell or
is positive with COVID-19, they must follow illness and/or exclusion guidelines.

Symptoms Assessment: Those with COVID-19 can have a wide range of symptoms, which may appear 2-14
days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. Symptoms include, but are not
limited to, fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste
or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea.

Reporting Protocol: A client or staff either with onset of symptoms or who has tested positive must immediately inform their supervisor (or if a client, your staff contact) and follow the guidelines below. If positive with COVID-19, the staff will complete the online Positive COVID-19 Case Report Form and will immediately inform St. David’s Center leadership.

Exposures to a Positive Case

  • If a client or staff is exposed to a positive case, they will not be excluded as long as they remain
    asymptomatic. This is true whether the exposure is inside or outside their household.
  • We recommend testing on or soon after Day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur or if testing positive, follow guidelines below.

Symptoms – Exclusion and Return if Experiencing Symptoms of COVID-19
If a staff or client is not feeling well, they must stay home and should consider testing for COVID-19.

  • If medicine is needed to feel well enough to work or attend, the staff or client must remain home until
    medicine is no longer needed.
  • If a staff or client is experiencing fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, they must remain home until fever free (without the use of fever-reducing medication) for 24 hours.
  • If testing positive for COVID-19, follow guidelines below.

Positive Cases – Exclusion and Return if Positive with COVID-19

  • Clients or staff must quarantine for 5 days. Then, if asymptomatic or symptoms are improving (must be fever free for 24 hours), they can return on Day 6. Staff must wear a mask for an additional 5 days after returning.

Calculating Quarantine and Return Date: “Day 0” is the day symptoms start or positive test (whichever is
earliest), and “Day 1” is the first full day after Day 0.

2) HANDWASHING
All clients and staff will wash hands for 20 seconds or more using proper handwashing techniques when
entering a St. David’s Center building, home, or partner site and regularly throughout the day. If soap and
water are not immediately available, hand sanitizer may serve as an alternative and is accessible in multiple
locations and via portable bottles.

3) FACE COVERINGS
Face coverings are optional in all St. David’s Center buildings. We recommend that staff, clients, and
families wear face coverings if they are immuno-compromised or otherwise concerned. This guidance is
superseded by mandates of local governments or businesses where St. David’s Center provides services.

4) CLEANING & DISINFECTING PROTOCOLS & SUPPLIES
A cleaning and disinfecting protocol will be followed throughout buildings, in family homes, and at partner
sites with specified, regular frequency in all classrooms, treatment spaces, and other spaces as needed.

5) VENTILATION
St. David’s Center’s HVAC systems have been updated as of 2016 (and added bipolar ionization in 2020) in
Minnetonka, and 2018 at the Harman Center, including the most recent fresh air exchange elements.
Additionally, HVAC systems will be evaluated to be sure we are maximizing the tools available and adding
additional components, as recommended.

Our Blog - Your Home for Updates

In addition to email, all communication related to COVID-19 from St. David's Center will be posted to our blog.

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Resource links for current COVID-19 Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC Website

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Minnesota Department of Health

MDH Website

Minnesota Department of Health

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Strategies to Reduce Risk of Getting Virus

Clean your hands often.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Clean your hands often.

Avoid close contact.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people.

Avoid close contact.

Stay home if you're sick.

Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.

Stay home if you're sick.

Cover coughs and sneezes.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

Cover coughs and sneezes.

Throw used tissues in the trash.

Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Throw used tissues in the trash.

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