COVID-19 UPDATE: PROACTIVE MEASURE TO COMBAT CORONAVIRUS – March 17, 2020
At Mn Adult and Teen Challenge, we care deeply about our community and the health and well-being of our clients. We are closely monitoring developments associated with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and we are taking all necessary steps to ensure the continued well-being of our clients, staff, and anyone who visits our facilities. We will continue to admit new clients in need of treatment, with necessary protocols and quarantine plans in place throughout our campuses.
To safeguard the health of all involved, we are communicating with, and following guidelines and recommendations from, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and, the Minnesota Department of Health. Based on these guidelines, we have implemented the following safety measures, effective immediately.
- Temporarily suspended all non-essential physical visitations in efforts to keep the virus out of our facilities; this includes family members, friends, volunteers, mentors, and non-essential (non client-facing) staff.
- Shifted all out-patient treatment services to a Telemedicine platform, so we’re able to provide treatment and counseling services to people without their needing to come into our facilities.
- Restricted client movement between buildings; we are now providing all CD treatment, mental health services, spiritual care, and other activities in the client’s primary residential building.
- External client appointments for medical or legal needs, are being addressed on a case by case basis, per our policies.
- Daily health screening of all clients and all staff.
- All new clients are screened for symptoms to ensure they are healthy at the time of admission.
- Large groups and external activities for all clients have been canceled.
- Special events, such as church visits, fundraising events, and professional conferences have all been canceled, postponed, or moved to an online environment.
- Comprehensively assessed all practices and operations to ensure that our control plan has essential elements and continues to be in compliance with healthcare guidelines.
- Posted information and provided each facility with CDC-approved cleaning and sanitation products.
- Established communication processes to keep all staff members informed of changing conditions and requirements.
- Medical staff on site at all buildings for ongoing, daily monitoring of the health of our client community throughout the state.
We will continue to review all updates from our local health authorities as well as from the WHO and CDC. We will also continue to assess our infection control and prevention procedures to ensure that they are effective and consistent with the best practices as established by these organizations. For more information contact COVID19@mntc.org.