CORONAVIRUS UPDATES AND HELP

By now, we are all experiencing the effects that the Coronavirus-COVID-19 pandemic is having in our personal and work lives. Action Resources International (ARI) and all associated programs including Feeding Laramie Valley are taking carefully considered steps to be part of the solution toward helping our communities be safe and healthy. The health and wellness of our staff, program participants and community are of utmost importance to us. We will update this page regularly with program developments and community resources. We will continue to be here for you and the communities we serve!

Feeding Laramie Valley COVID-19 Updates

As a result of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in Albany County, Wyoming, and with an abundance of caution, all Laramie-based Feeding Laramie Valley (FLV) and Action Resources International (ARI) staff are back to essential workers only working on-site beginning October 3, 2020 until further notice. The organization’s headquarters building has been closed to general public use since March, and remains closed until further notice. No volunteers or non-essential workers, and no essential workers considered to be in a high risk category, are utilizing the headquarters building until further notice. Full sanitation is practiced throughout every day the building is used as a staging place for its essential health-related services of healthy food preparation and distribution, and deep cleaning of the entire building is done on a regular basis. 

 

One Laramie-based staff member reported on October 2, 2020 that they had had unavoidable contact with someone who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. That staff person has not been on-site since learning of that contact, was immediately quarantined and tested. The results of that test were positive, and the individual’s quarantine and isolation remain in effect for a minimum of 14 days from October 2. Only very mild symptoms have been reported in this case.   

 

All ARI-FLV staff members have been tested beginning October 3, 2020 at ARI expense, and are being tested on an ongoing basis. There have only been negative test results to date. As stated above, all ARI-FLV pandemic mitigation policies and procedures as recommended by public health and State officials are being followed or exceeded through ARI-FLV policies, and are being enforced at all times. 

  • We are continuing all programs and services provided by Feeding Laramie Valley (FLV) and Action Resources International (ARI) in ways which increase the healthy and safety for all.

  • The FLV Building, located at 968 N. 9th St. Laramie WY, will be open for our Shares Program Thursdays, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM, and Fridays, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

  • FLV's Shares Program is continuing and has implemented increased high level health and safety protocols, in accordance with those recommended from the CDC, for all Shares staff and the FLV Building. We are working to expand our food security services by developing a plan and tapping into new resources. 

  • Those who feel they are in immediate need of assistance or anticipate need for assistance with food security can learn more about our FLV Shares Program here.

  • Participants in our programs and the general public will be continuously updated on our health management practices through direct communication by phone, email, social media.

  • The majority of our FLV and ARI staff members are now working from home, while remaining active full-time in their work to be engaged in our food security and overall community health and wellness efforts. Please be assured that our entire staff and national service workers across Wyoming and Colorado are always financially covered by paid sick leave, and will have ongoing coverage as any COVID-19-related needs affect their lives.

  • All ARI and FLV National Service Members are now required to work from home (AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, and NCCC). Our updated COVID-19 Preventive Measures Policy for all our National Service Members can be found here.

How You Can Help

We are developing opportunities for local community members and all people supportive of community health work, to stay connected with us, and to sign on in a variety of ways for being involved with helping each other be well and connected during this challenging time. See all the ways you can help in person and online here.

Community Safety Updates

We are here to help everyone with this transition to a new way of working and socializing in our communities. To prevent the spread of this COVID-19, or other illnesses including the flu, here are some good practices we should all be following:

 

  • Conduct Social Distancing. Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Examples of social distancing that allow you to avoid crowds and crowded spaces are:

    • staying at least six feet away from other people,

    • working from home instead of the office,

    • switching to online classes,

    • visiting with loved ones by electronic devices instead of in person, 

    • cancelling or postponing conferences, large meetings, or gatherings of more than 10 people.

  • Wash, Wash, Wash your hands.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. To ensure you wash for right amount of time, sing a song in your head such as twinkle twinkle little star. For a list of more songs you can sing visit this website.

 

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your arm to cover your mouth or nose and not your hands.

 

  • Stay home when you’re sick.

 

If you get sick, and have flu-like symptoms (such as fever, coughing, sore throat or runny nose), call your doctor before seeking in-person medical care unless you are experiencing severe shortness of breath and/or are struggling to breathe. 

 

If you get sick, you can also call the COVID-19 Hotline at: 307-755-4750.

 

Telemedicine is now covered by Medicare and Medicaid. To learn more visit this Medicare website or this Medicaid website.

 

 

COVID-19 Online Resources

To learn more about COVID-19, preventative measures, and more visit the following sites.

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resources Center

The Center for Disease Control

World Health Organization

Wyoming Department of Health

968 N. 9th Street

Laramie, Wyoming 82072

Tel: 307.223.4399

info@feedinglaramievalley.org

Feeding Laramie Valley
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Shares Pick Up
Thursday, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM 
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