Coronavirus: Memo from the Executive Director
Last updated March 18, 2020
To: CFPIN Clients
From: Chris Funk, Executive Director
Edited: March 18, 2020
Re: Coronavirus Planning and Precautions
First and most importantly, I would like to reassure you that we are tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Nebraska and are working diligently to implement appropriate and proportionate precautionary measures to reduce the risk of infection to you and our employees and volunteers. Your safety is of the utmost importance to us.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is reporting one confirmed and four presumed positive cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska. With these diagnoses, the possibility of spread of the virus in Nebraska increases. As such, we have decided to take our prevention efforts further to reduce the risk of infection at the Center.
We do not take lightly the number of individuals and families who depend on us for food and other services. We will continue to serve you as long as the risk does not outweigh the benefit. For now, all services remain available, but we will be taking the following precautions to protect you, our volunteers and our employees.
ELL classes will begin adopting social distancing practices, including separating all students by 3 feet or more, eliminating all group work and not sharing items in class unless absolutely necessary. Classroom doors will remain open so students do not have to touch the door handles and shared spaces will be disinfected more often.
FoodNet has been asked to halt distribution at our site temporarily to accommodate the changes we will be making to our food distributions. To locate other FoodNet distributions, visit their website at foodnetlincoln.org.
Beginning Tuesday, March 17, food distribution will be limited to one visit per week instead of two. The amount of food distributed will be increased to account for the reduction.
Beginning Tuesday, March 17, on-site distribution will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. We hope the increase in hours will reduce the number of people attending distribution at one time. Please consider altering your usual visit to a distribution time not previously available.
EDIT 3/13: Beginning Tuesday, March 17, diaper distribution will no longer be restricted to Tuesdays. We will make diapers available during all on-site food distributions.
EDIT 3/18: We currently visit our off-site distribution locations twice per month. Beginning in April, we will reduce this to one visit per month to each location. Distributions at The Bay, Oak Lake Church and Fourth Presbyterian Church will take place in the parking lot. F Street Community Center will continue as-is.
EDIT 3/18: We are closing our lobby to reduce the number of face-to-face interactions between clients and staff as much as possible. We do not take this decision lightly, but we feel it is an important step in preventing the spread of COVID-19 while we continue to distribute food and diapers. We will still have staff available to help over the phone, via email or online. If you have questions or need assistance, please call 402.476.4357, email firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Facebook. Thank you for your continued support and patience through this difficult time.
Please continue watching our website and social media channels for more information. As the situation evolves, we will continue to evolve our preparation and plans to reduce the risk of infection at the Center. When it comes to preventing the spread of illness however, YOU are the first line of defense. We are distributing handouts in several languages to help you in your own prevention efforts. In them, you will find the latest recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a reminder of proper handwashing technique. Please read these handouts thoroughly and, if you haven’t already, begin practicing these precautionary measures every day—they are the best way to protect yourself and your family.
As always, if you are displaying symptoms of illness please stay home. If you visit the Center while displaying signs of illness, we may ask you to leave for the safety of our other clients, volunteers and employees.
We will continue doing our best to limit your risk based on the most current information and recommendations from the Lincoln and Lancaster County Health Department, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information about the Coronavirus outbreak, visit lincoln.ne.gov.