The following was posted March 12, 2020 at 4:10 pm
At The Magdalen House, the health and safety of our clients, volunteers, and employees is always our priority. We are continuing to monitor the quickly evolving news related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and while we have seen no signs or symptoms of the virus within our Maggie’s community, we are taking precautionary measures to help mitigate risk both on-site and within our community.
Beginning earlier this week we began implementing the following precautionary measures:
- increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing, especially in high traffic areas such as the meeting room, door handles, entryways, and restrooms
- refraining from holding hands, shaking hands, or hugging
- requesting that all visitors use hand sanitizer upon entry
- checking temperatures of clients 2x a day
Today we are implementing the following measures:
- discontinuing evening (7:00 pm) and most populous meetings (Friday at 12:00 pm, Sunday at 11:00am, and Monday 12:00 pm) until further notice
- evaluating all volunteers for continuing duties
- only essential employees being on-site
- all visitors will have their temperature taken, and if elevated will be asked to leave the premises
- meetings that are not discontinued will still take place via video conference
As we take expanded precautions, our doors are partially open for the time being. However, we ask that if you are feeling sick (specifically if you have a cough or fever), that you please stay home. Additionally, we ask that you implement requests of local officials and health organizations. As Mayor Eric Johnson wrote in a note earlier this morning,
“People should alter their behaviors to stop COVID-19 before it has the chance to spread. That means you should tell others to put a moratorium on handshakes (I’ve started doing elbow bumps); tell people to stay home when they are sick; ask people to cover their coughs and sneezes; and encourage people to get a flu shot and work to avoid other illnesses that could strain our healthcare system and put people at further risk.”
We are closely monitoring the situation in real-time relying on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, as well as local and federal government and public agencies and will take additional precautions as necessary.
When there are updates, we will share them accordingly. Please check back to this blog post for the most recent updates.
During this time, we still need your help with House Needs and financial support. We greatly appreciate donations of any kind. You can donate online here, and we are more than happy to pick up any donations you may have at home – please reach out to arrange: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate your cooperation, continued support, and prayers,