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COVID-19 PROTOCOL

CURRENT STAGE OF OUTBREAK

CODE BLUE

In order to maintain the health and safety of our staff and youth members during the Covid-19 pandemic, we have implemented the following measures:

STAGE OF OUTBREAK

MEASURES IN PLACE

Less than 4 drop-in staff are able to work in person due to COVID infection or isolation, and/or Kent County mandates lockdowns for day shelter providers.

RED

Virtual and phone supports; Triage support at front door; no community partners; curbside donation drop-offs, no tours, virtual meetings

30-50% of drop-in staff have COVID or are in isolation AND/OR Kent County data indicates a high risk level AND/OR potential COVID transmission or exposure among AYA staff and/or youth is moderate.

ORANGE

Expanded social distancing + capacity limits; may limit high-transmission activities (i.e. eating in the space, showering, etc); Core community partners (1 person/agency); curbside donation drops, tours of 5 people or less allowed, in-person meetings allowed following COVID guidelines

5-30% of drop-in staff have COVID or are in isolation AND/OR Kent County data indicates a moderate risk level AND/OR Potential COVID transmission or exposure among AYA staff and/or youth is lower.

YELLOW

Expanded social distancing + capacity limits;  Expanded community partners (1 person/agency); standard donation drops, tours between 5-10 people at a time allowed; in-person meetings allowed following COVID guidelines

0 – 5% of drop-in staff have COVID or are in isolation AND/OR Kent County data indicates a lower risk level AND/OR potential COVID transmission or exposure among AYA staff and/or youth is low.

BLUE

Some capacity limits; Expanded community partners, up to 2 people/agency; standard donation drops; all tours allowed; in-person meetings allowed following COVID guidelines

Kent County data indicates lowest risk level AND/OR potential for COVID transmission or exposure among AYA staff and/or youth is almost gone.

GREEN

Open capacity; Expanded hours with Drop-In slots; Expanded community partners, multiple people/agency; standard donation drops and tours, in-person meetings allowed

AYA’S COVID CYCLE STRATEGY

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has recently implemented a readiness–response–recovery cycle to prevent death and severe outcomes, protect health care capacity, and keep vital infrastructure functioning safely. In accordance with this cycle, we have updated our guidelines to further prevent the spread of COVID-19.

READINESS (PRE-SURGE)

STAGE: YELLOW 

  • Masks required throughout AYA, unless eating 6+ ft away from someone else or if you are alone in an office/room.
  • If you have COVID symptoms, you must follow AYA’s testing protocol (see below)
  • Ensure we have enough tests, masks, and hand sanitizer at each AYA location.
  • See Yellow COVID Stage for other implementation needs 
  • COVID response team monitors for MDHHS/CDC changes 

RESPONSE (SURGE)

STAGES: RED + ORANGE

  • N95, KN95, or Medical grade masks required
  • If you have COVID symptoms, you must follow AYA’s testing protocol (see below)
  • Virtual meetings when possible
  • See Orange and Red COVID stages for other implementation needs
  • COVID response team monitors for MDHHS/CDC changes

RECOVERY (POST-SURGE)

STAGES: BLUE + GREEN

  • Masks required in congregate spaces (Drop-In and/or meetings of 25+ people).
  • Masks optional at AYA when in meetings with less than 25 people or when youth are not present at Drop-In. Social distance at 6 ft+ when possible.
  • If you have COVID symptoms, you must mask up and follow AYA’s testing protocol (see below)
  • COVID response team monitors for MDHHS/CDC changes

COVID SYMPTOMS THAT REQUIRE MASKING AND/OR TESTING

  • New loss of taste or smell
  • New Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Fever (above 100.4)
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Sinus congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive sneezing

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Covid-19 Update

COVID UPDATE: CODE BLUE

0 – 5% of drop-in staff have COVID or are in isolation AND/OR Kent County data indicates a lower risk level AND/OR potential COVID transmission or exposure among AYA staff and/or youth is low.

MEASURES IN PLACE

Some capacity limits; Expanded community partners, up to 2 people/agency; standard donation drops; all tours allowed; in-person meetings allowed following COVID guidelines.

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