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50 W. Penn St., Carlisle PA 17013 * 717.249.1009

COVID-19 & THE HOMELESS COMMUNITY

We have adopted HUD's recommended "Infectious Disease Toolkit for Continuum of Care: Preventing & Managing the Spread of Infectious Disease Within Shelters". These practices are always present, but posted in greater volume and even more strongly encouraged to promote client cooperation to adhere to the health and safety of all present in our system. Promote the practice of everyday preventative actions. 

What we are doing to prevent the introduction of respiratory pathogens INTO the facility: 

Facility Signage: 

  • Post signs at the entrance instructing visitors not to visit if they have symptoms of respiratory infection. 
     

  • Ensure staff and residents are familiar with the symptoms of general acute respiratory infection. as well as criteria for COVID-19, which includes fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath. 
     

  • Screen new residents/clients in advance and upon arrival for fever or signs of an acute respiratory illness. 
     

  • Inform potential visitors that symptomatic persons will not be allowed to enter the facility. 
     

  • Ask persons upon arrival at the facility for symptoms or possible exposures to COVID-19. Exclude visitors who appear to be ill or report fever, dry cough, shortness of breath and either travel from an affected geographic area within the past 14 days OR close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19 within the past 14 days.

Residents & Clients

  • Assess residents' symptoms of respiratory infection upon admission to the facility and implement appropriate infection prevention practices for incoming symptomatic residents.

Facility Cleaning & Sanitizing

  • Cleaning/sanitizing of the Resource Center every 2 hours where all residents, volunteers and staff must participate. 
     

  • Anyone working front desk MUST wear gloves.
     

  • All ID's are wiped clean with a disinfectant wipe each time they are handed in. 
     

  • Hand washing - requires anyone who enters the interior door of the Resource Center to go into the first office and wash hands with soap and hot water for 30 seconds before accessing any other part of the building. 
     

  • Hand sanitizer is effective in the aid of prevention, but it cannot hurt to help stop the spread. 

Emergency Shelter

  • Resident must sanitize their hands upon entry to the shelter and wash their hands. 
     

  • Person handling ID's at shelter must be wearing gloves and wiping ID's with a disinfectant wipe. 
     

  • All bedding must be in a laundry bag with a drawstring and stored in the cubby. Every week residents must launder their bedding. 
     

  • All mats must be wiped down with sanitizer before us. 
     

  • All mats must be sanitized after use.

With all of these steps in place we are still finding an increase in needs such as

  • Sanitizer

  • Medication (Cough & Decongestant)

  • Staff Safety Supplies

  • Paper Products

Please be on the look out for the latest way we are preparing and engaging our population and ways you can help is times of crisis. As always we are always in need of those that are healthy and low risk that are able to support us by volunteering with us or preparing meals and bagged lunches. 

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