HARMONY HOUSE CORONAVIRUS PROTOCOL
Effective March 17, 2020
With the recent news about COVID-19 and the potential for spread within our community and within our shelter, Harmony House will be initiating a Coronavirus protocol to ensure the safety of our staff and residents. Effective on Tuesday, March 17, 2020:
- Harmony House will continue to accept new residents to the shelter, bed space permitting. As per the written COVID-19 policies, all potential intakes will be asked if they have symptoms AND have their temperature taken. If they exhibit symptoms they will be placed in an isolation room for the required 14 day period or until they test negative for the virus.
- Many of our team members will work from home until further notice. This will include case managers and administrative staff. We hope this will prevent COVID-19 from entering shelter and ensure that Harmony House has staff available should residents or team members become ill. Advocates and key shelter leaders will continue to report for work to assist our residents and to keep shelter operations running smoothly during this time. Our hotline and Advocate Office will remain open 24/7.
- The Donations Center will close effective March 17. The Donations Center will be available to receive large donations from our partner agencies or donation drives organized by community partners.
- Effective immediately we are stopping all tours and are no longer allowing visitors into the facility. This will include partner agencies who provide classes and activities. Front desk, donation and kitchen volunteers will be asked to report for their shifts as deemed appropriate.
- Services within Harmony House will continue for our residents; however, some classes and support groups may be cancelled.
Harmony House is taking preventative measures to ensure the cleanliness of the shelter as well as instructing staff and residents on proper hygiene.
This pandemic is a moving target with new information coming out daily. We follow the recommendations of the CDC and the Greene County Health Department and will continue to modify our protocol as new recommendations are released.