Friendship Centers of Emmet County
Community Mitigation Strategy
(Updated 3/12/2020)

Friendship Centers of Emmet County received interim recommendations from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for COVID-19 on late in the evening on March 11, 2020.

Based on the interim recommendations, the following is in effect IMMEDIATELY and UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:

ALL Friendship Centers buildings (Petoskey, Brutus and Pellston) are CLOSED to the public. We will continue to serve seniors for the purpose of social work, MMAP and foot care by appointment ONLY.

ALL activities are SUSPENDED.

Congregate Meals
Congregate meals will be available for CURB SIDE PICK-UP ONLY. Seniors wishing to get a meal should call one business day in advance to reserve a meal. Meals can be picked up at the Petoskey Center, Monday-Friday from 11:30am-12:30pm. Meals can be picked up at Huber (Brutus) Center, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:30am-12:30pm. Meals can be picked up at the Pellston Center, Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am-12:30pm. Suggested meal donations remain $3.00 per meal.

Meals on Wheels
The last day for daily, hot meal service will be Friday, March 13, 2020. Staff will contact current meal recipients to determine need for once or twice weekly delivery of frozen meals. Suggested meal donations remain $3.00 per meal.

Friendship Centers staff will be following an enhanced protocol of sanitization to mitigate the possibility of the spread of germs.

Transportation
Transportation will continue with no more than 6 people scheduled per ride. Transit will only be for the purpose of medical appointments or grocery shopping/prescription pick-up. Friendship Centers staff will be following an enhanced protocol of sanitization to mitigate the possibility of the spread of germs. Friendship Centers will call riders prior to scheduled pick-up to conduct a pre-health screen. Riders who have had a cough or fever over 100.4 within the last 48 hours are asked to travel for the purpose of essential doctor’s appointments ONLY. Rider will be transported alone and increased measures of protection and sanitization will be implemented. Friendship Centers reserves the right to deny service upon arrival based on cough or fever concerns.

In-Home Services
Services will continue for qualified seniors. Friendship Centers will call clients prior to scheduled appointment to conduct a pre-health screen. Service to clients who have had a cough or fever over 100.4 within 48 hours will be postponed. Friendship Centers reserves the right to deny service upon arrival to client home based on cough or fever concerns. Friendship Centers staff will follow enhanced protocol of sanitization to mitigate the possibility of the spread of germs with appropriate disposal of personal protection equipment.

Health Services
Social work and foot care services are available by appointment ONLY. Foot care clients will be called prior to scheduled appointment to conduct pre-health screen. Service to clients who have had a cough or fever over 100.4 will be postponed. Friendship Centers staff will be following an enhanced protocol of protection and sanitization to mitigate the possibility of the spread of germs. Friendship Centers reserves the right to deny service upon arrival based on cough or fever concerns.

RSVP
ALL volunteers who provide volunteer time at Friendship Centers buildings are NOT to report to centers. Volunteers are encouraged to make their own decisions about providing volunteer time within the community-at-large.

Loan Closet
The Loan Closet is CLOSED until further notice. Friendship Centers will NOT be accepting donations of durable medical equipment until further notice.

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