As part of the reopening plan, there will be some new rules on Melwood campuses:
- Melwood employees must wear masks. Participants will be encouraged, but not be required, to wear masks.
- People on campus will practice social distancing – keeping 6 feet apart from each other.
- Access to common areas will be limited to comply with social distancing guidance. Please observe the posted signs.
- We will be conducting mandatory temperature screenings at each building that houses a day service program.
In the event any participant, staff or visitor show signs of illness, Melwood will follow the CDC guidelines and send that person home. Signs of illness include:
- Fever of 100 or greater
- Dry cough
- Muscle aches
- Shortness of breath
While arrangements are being made to send the sick individual home, that individual will be quarantined on site. If a participant or employee has displayed symptoms of COVID-19, they must self-quarantine for 14 days and a doctor’s note will be required prior to returning to campus.
We will continue to monitor federal, state, and local public health guidelines and make course corrections as necessary.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation. You can find more information about the new rules in the FAQs below.
What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
If you have received the COVID-19 Vaccine, or plan to get one, click here to review this list of tips and What to Expect from the Centers for Disease Control.
How to Properly Wear a Mask
Not sure how to properly wear a face mask? Correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. Refer to this fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control for important Do’s and Don’ts of mask wearing.
Information for Direct Support Staff and Families of People We Support
The National Association of Direct Support Professionals and the Centers for Disease Control have prepared a fact sheet to help you minimize your risk of exposure from others and to minimize the risk of exposing others. Click here to view or download the fact sheet.
- The Caregiver Action Network has developed a resource, Tips for Family Caregivers and COVID-19to help keep you and your loved one as safe as possible.
- Common Questions and Answers About COVID-19 for Older Adults and People with Chronic Health Conditions, created by the Alliance for Aging Research and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.
- For a list of benefits provided through the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA), click here.
- Information from the CDC about vaccinations, safety measures while traveling, how to stay safe at work, school, in the community and more: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC
How do I know the difference between a cold, allergies, flu and COVID-19.
- Cold or allergy symptoms typically include itchy eyes, stuffy nose, and sneezing.
- Flu or coronavirus symptoms include fever, fatigue, body aches, cough, and worsening symptoms.
- Coronavirus symptoms may also include shortness of breath. The individual will often have a history of recent international travel and/or exposure to someone testing positive for the virus.