COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

As of May 15th, Families in Transition Services Inc. (FiTS) has slowly resumed in person supervised visitation and parenting skills with preventative measures in place.

FiTS is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 virus. We have implemented guidelines and procedures related to COVID-19 to ensure the health and safety of the families we serve and our supervisors. FiTS regularly monitors updates provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. FiTS is currently following all procedures according to CDC guidelines. FiTS is also well within the requirements of the state and Governor Walz's Stay Safe Order.

As preventative measures, FiTS uses contactless thermo thermometers at the start of every visit. If a supervisor, or a participant of FiTS services, has a fever of 100.4° or higher, the visit will not take place. Everyone will wash hands upon entering the center. Hand sanitizer is placed throughout our office, as well as other sanitizing items to use during the visits. FiTS will be wiping down the visit rooms before, during and after visits. No toys or board games of ours will be used at this time. Parents or kids will need to bring in their own items for now.

Currently, FiTS is not allowing approved visitors to scheduled supervised visitations to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

 

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

If a supervisor, participant of FiTS services, or a member of your household has symptoms of COVID-19, the scheduled supervised visitation will be cancelled and you should stay home and isolated until free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C], signs of a fever and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).

Stay home when sick. Practice respiratory etiquette and hygiene. Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, or with an alcohol based rub or hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizers should be 60-95% alcohol. Cough or sneeze into a tissue, or into the elbow if no tissue is available.

Routinely clean all frequently-touched surfaces such as tables, counter tops, arms of chairs and doorknobs. Cleaning agents that are routinely used in those areas and directions on labels should be employed.

If FiTS program participants, FiTS supervisor, or a member of your household is confirmed to have COVID-19, they should inform FiTS of their possible exposure to COVID-19 so that we can take precautions. In the event that a FiTS program participant or FiTS supervisor has to disclose that they have come into contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19, their confidentiality and identity will be protected.

 

FiTS would like to ensure that our programs procedures and policies related to COVID-19 are implemented for the health and safety of our supervisors, and families we serve. We do not take this pandemic lightly.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to FiTS. 

For more detailed information please visit: 

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html