COVID-19 Updates

It is the intention of AmeriCorps Cape Cod (ACC) to proactively protect the Program’s members and staff in the event of an infectious disease outbreak or pandemic. We are committed to providing authoritative and timely information about the nature and spread of infectious diseases, including symptoms and signs to watch for and actions to be taken in the event of an illness or outbreak. During any time of quarantine or infectious disease outbreak, it is our goal to ensure program safety while operating effectively and continuously providing all essential services.

Governance: A committee comprised of the Program Coordinator, the Program Specialist, the Human Resource Director, and the Emergency Preparedness Specialist will monitor and coordinate events around an infectious disease outbreak, as well as create service rules that could be implemented to promote safety through infection control.

What is AmeriCorps Cape Cod Doing to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19?

ACC will stay apprised of the CDC, MA Department of Health, and Barnstable County Health and Environment Department evolving recommendations for avoidance and containment of COVID-19. At this time, we can keep the program and our community safe by following all prevention recommendations  for maintaining a clean and healthy environment as well as adhering to social distancing recommendations. ACC will ensure EPA-registered household disinfectants are always well stocked and that hand sanitizer is available in areas without handwashing sinks. ACC staff is committed to keeping program participants, service partners, and community members  informed of any decisions that may affect directly affect them.

Service Standards

1. Before leaving the program residence for group service, this includes weekend service, members must self-certify that they are not sick, by completing the self-certify checklist.

2. AmeriCorps Cape Cod members and staff will practice social distancing with each other, service partners, and community members in the field.  ACC cannot serve in groups larger than the MA governor’s orders (this includes service partners and community members). A mask will always be worn if ACC participants cannot maintain 6ft of distance from each other, service partners, and other community members.

3. Only ACC staff and members should use the program’s tools. Each program residence should try their best to only use their designated house tools. In the event that a service partner needs to assist in the start of a tool than the tool should be sanitized before changing hands. Members from the community are not permitted to use ACC tools. Tools will be sanitized at the end of each service day as part of daily tool maintenance

4. Masks must be worn inside any public building and hand sanitizer must be used after exiting the building. This applies to using public restrooms during service projects.

5. ACC staff and members are expected to pack their own food for the service day. If a service partner wants to provide lunch at service, the program supervisor must be alerted ahead of time and the food should be individually portioned to avoid cross-contamination.

6. If a participant starts to exhibit a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat at a service site, they should report to their Program Supervisor and the Program Specialist right away. Then the entire group will head home and follow the guidance for “What to do if you are sick.”

Vehicle Policy

1. ACC prohibits service partners and members of the community to ride in ACC program vehicles. We highly discourage the different residences sharing vehicles, but in the event that different residences must ride in the same vehicle, masks must always be worn. 

2. Staff and members must wipe down the high touched areas in program vehicles after each use. i.e Door handles, steering wheel, seats, dashboard, etc.

Updated: August 20, 2020