CARONA VIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES
June 01, 2020
Dear AbbeyCare Employees:
First and foremost, we would like to express how devastated we are regarding the senseless killing of George Floyd last week. Our hearts are broken for him, his family, our community, and our city.
To our employees who may be participating in the protests happening across the cities - we stand with you and support you!
We are still in the midst of a pandemic. For the safety of your vulnerable clients, it is extremely important that you are practicing social distancing to the best of your ability, wearing a mask at all times, and washing your hands/using sanitizer regularly if you are protesting.
If you or your clients have residences in areas effected by fires and devastation, if you are in need of resources on how to obtain food supplies or do not have access to the pharmacy, please call our office. We may have some resources to assist you.
For the employees that need to travel to their clients after curfew, please have an “Essential Employee” letter with you. If you have misplaced it, please contact our office to obtain a copy.
Finally, several businesses on our street have been broken into. Our building was boarded up last week as a precautionary measure. Therefore, we currently do not have access to our mailbox. If you plan on coming to the office for any reason, please call our office in advance to ensure that someone will be available to assist you. We will keep you posted on when the boards will be removed.
We would like to express our gratitude for everything you are doing. Please be safe and take care of each other.
We have a limited number of surgical masks available to AbbeyCare employees and clients. Please contact our office to inquire how to obtain. The supply is limited and will be distributed no more than 2 masks per person while it lasts.
March 25, 2020
To All Employees.
On March 25, 2020, Governor Walz issued a Stay at Home Order for all of Minnesota, which is effective March 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. through May 18th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. This is to inform you that AbbeyCare, Inc. (AbbeyCare) will continue to stay open because it falls within the exception for healthcare providers as described in Governor Walz’s order.
Attached to this email is an ”Essential Employee Statement” . Please keep it for your records and on your person’s when travel to work and home until Stay at Home Order lifted.
You should continue to report to work for your usual shift or work schedule, unless you are affected by the virus.
Your safety is important to us. As we continue to take preventative measures, please remember to continue to wash your hands, use sanitizer, wipe down services and maintain social distancing if possible. Also, notify us if you are unable to work because you are sick or for other reasons related to the coronavirus (e.g. quarantine, isolation, care for a sick family member, etc.)
Please continue checking our website and Facebook page: "Abbeycare Choice" for more updates.
March 16, 2020
Dear AbbeyCare Employees and Clients,
The health and safety of all our employees and clients are the most important to us. We would like to keep you safe, informed, and updated during these trying times.
To All Employees:
Please ensure that all your clients have enough food and cleaning supplies for minimum of 10 days
Assist your clients with setting up food and pharmacy deliveries as needed
Clean and disinfect surfaces with household bleach, alcohol solutions, and most common household disinfectants
If no gloves are used while doing laundry, be sure to wash hands afterwards. If possible, do not shake dirty laundry. This will minimize the possibility of dispersing viruses through the air
On Sunday morning, Gov. Walz said that childcare centers, including school based care centers and daycares will remain open.
The executive order requires schools to provide care for elementary-age children of health care professionals. All AbbeyCare employees are health care professionals. Please contact your school districts to request more information regarding child care.
Our office will be accepting time sheets via email and fax effective 03/16/202 – 04/30/2020. If necessary, you can continue drop off your time sheets in our mailbox or USPS mail. Please avoid visits to the office to minimize the risk of exposure for yourself and our staff. We are suspending paycheck pick-ups at the office until further notice. All checks will be mailed or direct deposited. If mail or direct deposit is not an option for you, please call our office and we can arrange for you to pick up your paycheck through our mail slot with a picture ID. Please call our office to update your address information if needed or if you have any questions.
The office will continue operations during regular business hours.
If any employees are willing to work extra shifts to cover for sick employees or to be on the on-call list, please contact our office and put your name and contact information on the list. It is very important to us to have additional coverage in the upcoming weeks.
To All Clients:
Please follow the same basic hygiene guidelines as outlined below
If possible, contact your families, friends, houses of worship to set up a contingency plan in case of coverage shortages from AbbeyCare
AbbeyCare will be doing everything in our power to provide adequate coverage to all our clients. Our priority will be the most vulnerable and dependent.
If your caregiver is not able to come to work and you do not have a contingency plan, contact our office at # 651-690-5352
If you are feeling sick and do not require daily services, please cancel your care services to reduce exposure
To prevent infections and spread of the virus follow these basic instructions:
Cover your cough or sneezes with a tissue or into your sleeve, and then throw the tissue in the trash
Wash your hands often with soap and water for minimum of 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, after contact with animals and/or before eating or preparing food for your clients. If soap and water are not available, use and alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol
Avoid touching your face-especially your eyes, nose and mouth-with unwashed hands
Stay home if you have cold or flu-like symptoms and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
If you have any additional questions you can visit the CDC website www.cdc.org or Minnesota Department of Health www.health.state.mn.us or call COVID-19 Hotline at # 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903 to stay informed and educated.
We will continue to keep you informed on our website and our Facebook page as this situation changes. Stay safe and healthy.
AbbeyCare, Inc. is here to address any question you may have. Have a question that went unanswered? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to help.