COVID-19 Updates

Posted by on Apr 24, 2020 in Our Stories | 0 comments

Hello TVDSA.

We are glad to see that you are still hanging in there with us. If you are reading this you are probably curious about when we may start doing activities again. Well that time is NOW!

We are excited to announce that we will begin resuming our Social Group activities very soon. Group leads are resetting and looking for fun things for us all to do together.

Given the improvements in the state of the pandemic, the TVDSA Board has decided to slowly resume the social group activities. Not all groups will start right away and initially all activities will be held outside, however, we are now prepared to begin that process. We have set COVID-19 protocols to guide the gatherings. There will still be some limitations and specific rules to follow. Our #1 priority is the safety and health of our participants and staff, so please help us by complying with all guidance provided.

TVDSA Protocols for In-Person Activities and Events

TVDSA is utilizing the Idaho Central District Health (CDH) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to protect the public, as well as our members and volunteers, from the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep in mind, due to the nature of our membership and their elevated risk factors, some of our requirements may be more stringent than those offered by the CDC and CDH. Additionally, our updates will most likely lag the public guidance; however, TVDSA will make changes as new info is available in a deliberate and measured way.  We want to avoid the “waffling” effect that occurs when changes are made prematurely then have to be moved back again. 

NOTE: Event Leads will be provided with kits containing PPE (personal protective equipment) and other supplies as well as a quick-read thermometer.  We request that you bring your own PPE if you are more comfortable with that.  If your mask is not compliant, you may be asked to use one provided for you.

All TVDSA Leads, Staff and Volunteers will follow the same guidance as Participants.

By attending a TVDSA activity or event, you and any minors in your care agree to follow these protocols and rules:

General Guidance

  • Activities and events will be held outdoors.  Guidance will be updated before indoor events are allowed.
  • The number of participants will be limited to 50 or less.
    • Please note that the number of participants for each event/activity may vary and will be left up to the discretion and comfort of the event organizer.
  • Participants must RSVP and receive a confirmation of attendance from the event organizer before attending a TVDSA event/activity. Currently we will NOT be allowing drop-ins to activities/events in order to maintain participation limits.
  • Six feet of social distancing will be maintained between individuals not of the same household.
  • We all know that some of our participants will have a hard time with keeping socially distant, therefore, face coverings will be worn over the nose and mouth AT ALL TIMES regardless of six-foot social distancing.
    • Exemptions for:
      • children under the age of 5
      • Any person while consuming food or drink
      • NOTE: At this time there will be NO exemptions for people who are vaccinated though that may change later.
  • Participants and Staff will wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Stay home when sick or when exhibiting any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever (99.5 F or higher)
    • Shortness of breath
    • Cough
    • Runny nose
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of smell or taste
    • Diarrhea
    • Vomiting
  • All Participants, Staff and Volunteers  will have their temperatures taken by the event organizer at the event/activity. Anyone with a temperature over 99.5 F will not be allowed to attend.
  • All Participants, Staff/Volunteers 18 or older must sign the TVDSA In-Person Event Screening Form and Liability Waiver no more than two days before participation.  Temperature reading and form review will occur when arriving at the event.
  • It is recommended that snacks or other similar materials NOT be distributed at the events and this time, however, if that is to be done it is suggested to use pre-packaged individual portions and avoid passing between individuals.

TVDSA Staff will:

  • Ensure the meeting area will be Cleaned/Sanitized as needed.
  • Complete screening form no more than two days prior to the event.
  • Take the temperature of all participants as they arrive and confirm no changes to waiver.
  • Enforce guidelines listed above.
  • Provide sanitizer and other PPE as needed for participants.
  • Self sanitize between interactions with participants as needed.

Event Participants will:

  • Comply with guidelines listed above.
  • RSVP to the event as required.
  • Complete screening form no more than two days prior to the event.
  • Allow temperature to be taken the day of the event.
  • Self sanitize when arriving at the event.
  • Comply with instructions from TVDSA Staff

We recognize that this is a difficult and unusual situation and appreciate your understanding and cooperation. If you do not feel that you can follow these protocols, we ask that you not participate in any current in-person TVDSA activities or events. These protocols will be updated to comply with any changes the CDH and the CDC may make to their COVID-19 policies and recommendations.

If you are still not comfortable participating at this time or do not wish to follow the current protocols we have in place, we do encourage you to stay in touch with your respective groups. The respective Facebook groups are a great place to stay connected. If you are not currently following those groups, please seek them out and join – we would love to hear from you! We sincerely hope that we are all able to meet again in person soon. We send out a big hug and thanks to all our group organizers – we could not do this without them! Please take the time to thank them personally when you have a moment.

RSVP and Waiver tools

The online waiver form will be available soon as needed for upcoming events. Since all events will require RSVP, that will also be done online. Look for additional updates from group Leads and elsewhere on this site as events are scheduled.

Decision-making Guidance

TVDSA is following the State of Idaho recommended guidance regarding event planning and so as that changes, so will our plans. If you would like to review those resources yourself, we recommend the following websites:

coronavirus.idaho.gov
rebound.idaho.gov

In addition to the State and CDC guidance, we will continue to include enhanced safety measures to protect our most vulnerable members.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us via email or social media.

Thanks again for your efforts to support TVDSA!

Stay Positive, Stay Healthy, Stay Safe.

The TVDSA Board of Directors

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