Covid 19 Response
Dining in this space will no longer be permitted. Residents must eat in their room. Residents will maintain safe distances by sitting in the chairs that are spaced strategically to reduce exposure.
- Remove couch and tables replaced with chairs spaced 6 ft or more apart.
- Public Health states, “ Curtains would not be a sufficient barrier if 6 feet spacing cannot be achieved. Either 6 feet between chairs, or you reduce the number of chairs.”
Break room and Kitchen
- Only one person is allowed in this space at a time and must wear a mask.
- Staff makes meals residents serve themselves one at a time and eat in their rooms
- Residents can make their own meals in this space.
- Food will be prepared by staff and/or volunteers that are gloved and masked and that have been screened with the Covid screening tool.
- Residents must remain in their room when they are eating and should not be in any shared space of the shelter without a mask on.
The front restrooms will be designated for quarantine only. These restrooms are not to be used by those not in quarantine (a sign will reflect this). If a resident uses the shower room while in quarantine the staff must disinfect this space afterwards. Disinfectants will be placed in all restrooms and everyone will be asked to spray disinfect the restroom.
Residents use the restrooms assigned for quarantine.
Community outings will be strongly discouraged. Just as the safety to the shelter is important the safety to the surrounding community is important. Residents may spend time in the outdoor spaces of the shelter provided that they maintain distance from others. Inside of the shelter the resident will be restricted to their room leaving only to exit the shelter or use the restroom.
The resident will be provided with access to a phone and the internet as they are available. Reasonable accommodations may be made to insure the resident can maintain quarantine.
For individuals in quarantine, Individuals will be assisted in completing an Essential Service Request with Pine County Department of Health. This will allow the residents items needed while maintaining quarantine.
Only individuals who are symptomatic or have been exposed to COVID-19 will be required to quarantine.
Quarantine is a requirement and decided by the MN Department of Health flowchart. If individuals choose to ignore this they will not be allowed to stay within the shelter.
If you test positive for COVID-19 APFY will alert those within the shelter that may have been exposed that there has been a confirmed case within the shelter.
These accommodations are only for those who are under quarantine.
- Stay out of shared spaces
- The Kitchen, break room and other shared spaces are off limits
- Use a designated restroom
- Resident- please disinfectant any surface you touched after use of restroom (disinfectant spray will be in the restroom for use)
Call the front desk for things you need: 320- 438-7070 WIFI phone will be made available upon request if available.
- Use the back door as much as possible. Staff will greet you, just call.
- Meals and Snacks can be kept in your room
- If you need food call front desk
- Medications can be kept in room
Use disposable dishes
- Use once and throw away
- A large waste basket will be kept in the resident’s room
Make a list of potential contacts you had within the community for 3 days prior to symptoms.
Get tested if symptoms persist
Limit overnight for first 10 days
Return from outing
Every time the resident returns to the premises they will complete the screening process.
Take temperature and ask these questions.
- Do you have any of these symptoms that are not caused by another condition?
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Recent loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Within the past 14 days, have you had contact with anyone that you know had COVID-19 or COVID-like symptoms? Contact is being 6 feet (2 meters) or closer for more than 15 minutes with a person, or having direct contact with fluids from a person with COVID-19 (for example, being coughed or sneezed on).
- Have you had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days?
- Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?
Any place that has more than 250 people is restricted to residents of APFY. The safety of the shelter will be held above these events.