LETTER: WHEAT outlines new policies to respond to coronavirus

Editor’s note: After The Item went to press, WHEAT announced the cafe would be take-out only.
As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to spread in the U.S., we wanted to take a moment and let our community know what WHEAT is doing to respond.
Our number one concern is the safety of our friends, family and neighbors who not only access our programs and services, but who also volunteer in them as well.
Please be advised that we are following the DPH guidelines for preventative measures to help mitigate any threat from the COVID-19 virus. We’ve increased our cleaning efforts significantly across the organization, and we will continue to be vigilant in this area. We’ve been distributing updates from the DPH and CDC to everyone who has come into WHEAT for the last two weeks, and we will continue to do so moving forward.
To further address the needs of our seniors and others with compromised immune systems who have been encouraged to avoid large gatherings, as of today we will allow our Cafe guests to pick up their meal and take them home.
In addition employees, volunteers and program guests are being urged to wash their hands whenever appropriate and stay home when sick or presenting a fever.
Our primary goal is to keep our community safe and informed. Please continue to use us as a resource. If you have any questions about how WHEAT is handling this situation, you can contact Jodi Breidel at jodi.breidel@uwotc.org or (508) 370-4942.
Jodi Breidel
Director, WHEAT Community Services
Regional Director, United Way of Tri-County
*Article can be found at Telegram.com here