Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Efforts
Dear Valued Volunteer,
As you are aware, there is an expanding global outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by COVID-19, or coronavirus. News reports have confirmed cases in Johnson County, where our Elder Services program provides Meals on Wheels. At Horizons, our commitment is to ensuring that the older adults who rely on Meals on Wheels are able to remain healthy in their own homes. To that end, we are taking the following precautions to address this public health crisis:
- All Meals on Wheels recipients should already have two emergency meals on hand in the event of closing for any reason.
- Johnson County clients will get three additional frozen meals no later than the end of this week
- Linn County clients will have one frozen meal delivered on Friday, then another two on Monday.
What this means is that every home-delivered client should have five days' worth of frozen meals to consume should Horizons ever have to suspend operations due to the coronavirus outbreak.
I would also like to stress the importance of following the basic tenets of preventing the spread of illness: cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm, wash your hands, and if you are sick on the day you are supposed to deliver, please do not come in.
We will be sure to send you periodic updates regarding the status of delivery service. In the meantime, if you have any questions about our contingency plans, do not hesitate to reach out either to me at (319) 375-3108, the Meals on Wheels office at (319) 398-3574, or Elder Services at (319) 338-0515. Please stay safe out there and as always, thank you for helping us provide more than a meal to our homebound clients.
Sandy Rosenberger, Director of Marketing & Volunteers