HR Corner- Coronavirus Edition 4

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Hello Imagine Family, 

During the last month as we have seen the Shelter in Place orders begin to loosen up, we have seen cases of COVID-19 spike in Santa Cruz and Monterey County. Luckily, and thanks to all of you, we have been able to remain case free at Imagine. Though it definitely feels tiring and overwhelming to continue social distancing measures, please remember that right now more that ever and for the foreseeable future your efforts are crucial. 

With cases rising, it is important to continue disinfecting and washing our hands regularly, as well keeping 6 feet distance whenever possible. Please also continue using the masks we have provided you. As I have mentioned before, vacations will only be approved on a case by case basis, and you will be asked to self isolate for 14 days following your vacation. 

Additionally, we will be implementing a Health Screen checklist to be done at every shift exchange and for visitors. As you enter a shift, the staff you are replacing will be in charge of asking you questions regarding any symptoms you may be experiencing. Those of you that go into a shift without a shift exachange staff, will be responsible for self screening. This added measure is once again following the advice of the CDC regarding symptom checking. Though many COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic, there have been specific symptoms linked to the disease that are easy to self check. 

Just as important as continuing with cleanliness routines and social distancing measures, is our trust in one another. Now is the time to connect with each other. Trust in our teammates is the thing that will get us through this. As you make a decision to travel this summer or gather for holidays, please remember that your coworkers are counting on you to continue safety measures and that your clients are some of the most vulnerable in our community. As we have learned from observing news and research, it is a good idea to test regularly as well. You can make an appointment for free testing at Find the information here.

One more reminder to please stay home if you have any cold or flu like symptoms and to get in touch with me or your facilitator right away for additional guidance. 

I hope everyone is staying safe and practicing a lot of self care. As always, you are invited to contact me with any questions or concerns, if you need contact information for our mental health services through MHN,  if you have questions related to our new COVID-19 policies, or if you would like resources to learn more about the current social justice issues. 

Patty Lopez 

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