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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Updates

(Last updated 08/20/2021)

As communities throughout Georgia, the United States, and the world continue to feel and address the increased impact of the coronavirus, leadership and staff at Wellroot want you to know the steps we are taking to help keep both those in our care and our employees as safe as is possible. The steps we have taken have been shaped by and are consistent with federal, state, and CDC guidelines.

In the midst of our current public health crisis, children and young adults across Georgia continue to need loving, compassionate, and nurturing homes. At Wellroot, our ministry and work also continue, on a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week basis. Until this current public health crisis has settled, though, the way we carry out our ministry and work will look and feel a little different:

August 20, 2021

Wellroot’s offices remain closed to unscheduled visitors, however, Wellroot Family Services has established the following guidelines in an effort to maintain the safety and health of our staff, foster families, and clients and other partners for in-person
contact:

All parties commit to meeting only with the assurance of the following:

  1. Neither party has shown the following symptoms:
    1. Fever or feeling feverish (chills, sweating, or fever of 100.4 or above)
    2. New cough
    3. Difficulty breathing
    4. Sore throat
    5. Muscle aches or body aches
    6. Vomiting or diarrhea
    7. New loss of taste or smell
  2. Neither party is under evaluation for COVID-19 (i.e. awaiting test results)
  3. Neither party has been diagnosed or exposed to COVID-19 and not yet cleared to
    discontinue isolation.
  4. Both parties will both wear masks during the duration of the visit.
    1. Masks should fit snugly and cover the nose and mouth.
  5. Both parties will maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet.

These guidelines should be adhered to at Wellroot Offices, Wellroot Residential Sites, and in
Wellroot Foster Homes.

Please let your Wellroot contact person know if you have any questions.

June 23, 2021

  • In cooperation with our staff and leadership, Wellroot is currently making plans for our return to the office; however, at this time, all Wellroot offices continue to be closed and are not accepting any visitors.

Previous Updates:

August 5, 2020

  • All Wellroot offices continue to be closed and are not accepting any visitors.

May 21, 2020

  • All Wellroot offices continue to be closed and are not accepting any visitors.
  • All nonessential staff continue to work remotely.
  • All meetings and other gatherings that can be held digitally continue to be held digitally. Any meeting or gathering that cannot be help digitally is postponed until further notice.
    • All foster care information sessions and IMPACT training sessions have already been moved to virtual meetings

April 8, 2020

  • All Wellroot offices are closed and are not accepting any visitors.
  • All nonessential staff have been instructed to work remotely.
  • All meetings and other gatherings that can be held digitally will be held digitally. Any meeting or gathering that cannot be help digitally is postponed until further notice.
    • All foster care information sessions and IMPACT training sessions have already been moved to virtual meetings

March 16, 2020

  • We have instructed all staff who are able to work from home to do so
  • While our ministry and work continue, until further notice, our offices will not be receiving unscheduled visitors nor unscheduled donations of goods at this time
  • We will leverage social media and email to communicate ways you can continue to help support the children, families and young adults we serve together
  • All meetings and other gatherings that can be held digitally will be held digitally
    • All foster care information sessions and IMPACT training sessions have already been moved to virtual meetings

We will continue to invite those we serve and our employees to ask questions and raise any concerns they have; and we will address each of those questions and concerns as they are asked and raised.

As the implications of this crisis continue to unfold, and as we continue to learn more as new information is shared by experts and colleagues from across our state and country, we will continue to take any additional steps we are able to take to help ensure the wellbeing of the children, families and young adults we serve together.

We are grateful for your support and your prayers.