COVID-19 Updates

Keep up-to-date on the evolving COVID-19 situation

Date

January 19, 2022

Category

News

Updated January 19, 2022

This is why we're here.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for the Damien Center’s services has increased and will continue to do so afterward. Our clients and patients are among the most likely people in our community to experience negative fallout. Many have medical risk factors, and many—often at the same time—face economic insecurity. An increasing number, through no fault of their own, will find themselves without the ability to pay for rent or food or medicine. To support our mission, please consider making a gift here.

Damien COVID Protocols

Damien is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our employees and for those seeking services from us. Damien has developed the following COVID-19 protocols to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and respond to COVID-19 positive cases. These protocols will continue to be updated as the epidemic evolves.

Click here to view the full COVID-19 Protocols for Damien.

Testing

Please note: We do not test for COVID-19! If you have symptoms of COVID-19, have had close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, or have been asked by your healthcare provider to get tested, please do not come into the building and instead consult your healthcare provider.

You can request 4 free tests to be sent to your home to test for COVID-19 through www.covidtest.gov.

Due to increasing cases of COVID-19, the Damien Center Testing Center strongly prefers appointments be made for testing. To schedule your appointment, please click here.

Mandatory Onsite Testing

Damien requires a COVID-19 test each week for any employee who enters Damien’s main building or any other official Damien office space outside of the main building. Testing days are assigned by Damien and should be followed whenever possible. If an employee is unable to make their regularly scheduled testing day, they may select the most convenient day that same week that testing is offered and complete the test. If you switch days, you do not need to seek approval. You should simply attend the next available day. All tests are self-administered and results are reported through the NAVICA application.

In the event that testing supplies are not available or for other unforeseen reasons, Damien may cancel testing. In this event, employees are not required to seek testing from another source, unless provided with a home test kit. If such a kit is provided by Damien, the employee is expected to complete it and report the results through the NAVICA application.

If an employee is working from home or otherwise does not enter Damien’s facility on any given week, they do not need to complete a test on that week.

Employees who are symptomatic or have been exposed directly to someone with COVID-19 may request a home test kit from Damien. If Damien is able to provide a kit, it must be collected off premises and results must be reported through the NAVICA application. Damien does not guarantee test kits will be provided and are available as supplies are available.

Mask Mandate

Effective July 29, 2021

Damien requires all employees and visitors to wear masks at all times unless you are in a private space or at your workstation or all parties are able to remain six feet distant, until further notice. Individuals are exempt when eating or drinking.

All clients, patients, and visitors will be provided a mask if they arrive without one.

Masks should be surgical, disposable masks. A mask should only be worn for a maximum of one day and then discarded. If someone is wearing a cloth mask, they will be asked to switch to a disposable mask or to wear one beneath the cloth mask.

In general, masks are not required for outdoor Damien activities. However, events or activities where large numbers are attending or expected, masks may be required. Each individual event should be vetted through leadership team members to make an appropriate determination.

COVID-19 Vaccine and Vaccine Requirements

Indiana has expanded COVID-19 Vaccine eligibility. To learn more, contact your medical provider or visit the Indiana COVID-19 Vaccine Page!

All employees are required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Any employee will lose their employment status if they fail to meet the timeline and requirements that Damien defines as fully vaccinated. This definition may continue to evolve as the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control release new guidance. Any new employee cannot begin employment without proof of initial vaccination dose and a commitment to complete full vaccination.

Exemptions will be considered for medical reasons only and all requests must be provided in writing. Extensions will be granted for anyone who has recently had COVID-19 or who is currently in the process of being vaccinated.

Effective February 1, 2022, the new definition for fully vaccinated will include:

  • 2 weeks after a 2-dose series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines AND a booster for either Pfizer or Moderna
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine AND a booster for either Pfizer or Moderna

Employees may choose either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for their booster at the employee’s discretion. Employees are required to provide proof of vaccination via established protocol. Contact Rick Tisdale or Amanda Bow if you are unsure how to report your vaccination status.

Client Engagement

Damien Center will continue to serve clients through Support Groups and Employment Services. To ensure the safety of our clients, we will limit the number of attendees to 5 people per group or workshop. Clients who attend groups or workshops will be required to wear masks while in the building.

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