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Coronavirus Response

Posted June 30

Pegasus Farm COVID Response Plan - Full Plan

  1. COVID-19 Case Management Protocol
    1. Preventative Practices – Employees
      1. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
      2. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
      3. Refrain from shaking hands with or touching others.  Exceptions will be for: 1) Instructors and Volunteers who assist students in the equestrian activities and 2) staff in the adult service program who are providing personal assistance to program participants as needed. 
      4. Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
      5. Maintain a distance of six feet with other staff and guests and in situations described in iii. above. 
      6. Monitor your overall health status prior to coming to work and report of with any symptoms of illness.
      7. Wear face coverings in the presence of other staff and guests.  Use of face coverings will adhere to the CDC guidance for The Use of Cloth Face Coverings found in Attachment 2. 
    2. Preventative Practices – Employers
      1. Requiring employees to use face coverings as stated in the CDC face covering guidance (Attachment 2).  Staff and guests will be encouraged to use their own coverings, if possible; however, every effort will be made to maintain a supply of face masks for staff and guests. 
      2. Staff are also required to check their temperature and overall health status before coming to work.  The health status of staff will be monitored and logged prior to beginning their work day at their work site.  This will include the taking of temperatures, which will be logged using a check-off only system. Staff are required to stay home if they have any signs of illness.
      3. Ensuring that employees have ample facilities to wash their hands, including tepid water and soap, and that third-party cleaning/ custodial schedules are accelerated.
      4. Establish remote working policies and procedures and encourage this with appropriate staff. 
      5. Staggering employee starting and departing times, along with lunch and breaks rooms, etc.
      6. Providing cleaning supplies needed to ensure surfaces and equipment are disinfected frequently.
      7. Limiting in person meetings, parties or gatherings.  When necessary, distancing and face covering protocol will be observed
      8. The Executive Director shall serve as the central point of contact for all concerns that arise related to health and safety.
    3. Exhibit Symptoms
      1. COVID – 19 Symptoms:
        1. Fever
        2. Cough
        3. Shortness of Breath
  2. Employees exhibiting COVID -19 symptoms:
    1. Will be sent home immediately to self-quarantine for 14 days
  3. Employees exhibiting acute respiratory illness symptoms will be sent home immediately until they have recovered.
  4. Test Positive
    1. Employee immediately sent home or told not to report to work
    2. Obtain list of employees has been in close contact with the prior 14 days (within 6ft social distance)
    3. Clean and Disinfect work area and common areas employee has been
  5. Potentially Exposed Individuals
    1. Someone who has been exposed to an individual that:
      1. Has tested Positive for COVID-19
      2. Has received a Presumptive Positive Test for COVID – 19
    2. Exposed individuals will have come in close contact (within 6ft.)
    3. Self-quarantine for 14 days
  6. Communication Plan:
    1. Employees are required to notify their immediate supervisor if they:
      1. Receive a Test Positive result for COVID – 19
      2. Receive a Presumptive Positive Test result for COVID - 19
      3. Develop symptoms consistent with COVID - 19
      4. have been exposed to a person testing positive or presumptive positive for COVID – 19
      5. Show acute respiratory illness
    2. Management will then notify any affected:
      1. Employee(s) – possible self-quarantine
      2. Worksites that the employee has worked so that companies may take appropriate measures
      3. Notifications will be commensurate with the level and scope of exposure
  7. Isolation Area:
    1. Employees are required to maintain a 6ft. isolation radius from co-workers and wear a face covering.
    2. Limit the number of passengers in vehicles to 1 person.  When used for Non-Medical Transportation services, the rules will be dictated by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, which currently requires, distancing, face coverings and temperature monitoring. 
  8. Return to Work
    1. Positive Test
      1. Minimum seven (7) days from date of positive test
      2. No subsequent illness
      3. No fever within last 72 hours (non-medicate
      4. Doctors note stating employee fit for duty
    2. Self-Quarantine (14 days minimum)
      1. Permitted to return to work:
        1. Minimum 7 days after onset of Symptoms
        2. fever free for a minimum of 72 hours (non-medicated)
  9. Work Area Decontamination:
    1. Common areas to be cleaned and disinfected frequently.  Schedules and assignments for doing this are developed. 
      1. Cleaning supplies and products will be standardized and must be approved for killing the COVID-19 virus.  Product names and MSDS sheets are kept on file in the main office In the front of the MSDS binder. Pegasus Farm’s Property and Facilities Manager will be responsible for maintaining an adequate supply of products and distributing them to the appropriate locations.
    2. Common tools, appliances and equipment should be cleaned and disinfected frequently.  Schedules and assignments for doing this are developed. 
      1. Cleaning supplies and products will be standardized and must be approved for killing the COVID-19 virus.  Product names and MSDS sheets are kept on file in the main office In the front of the MSDS binder. Pegasus Farm’s Property and Facilities Manager will be responsible for maintaining an adequate supply of products and distributing them to the appropriate locations.
    3. Staff is required to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing while conducting decontamination activities. 
    4. Staff is required to adhere to the frequent handwashing protocol.

Posted May 11

We know you are all wondering what the month of May will be like at Pegasus Farm.  Of course, spring is popping up all around and the garden is getting prepped for wonderful summer produce.  Our horses are shedding their winter coats and the birds are singing.  But, there is something missing.  We greatly miss our students, participants, and volunteers and we are excitedly looking forward to their return. 

With the updates from Governor DeWine, there continues to be closures for schools and programs such as ours through the end of May.  But that doesn’t mean we aren’t busy getting ready for the students’ return in June. 

  • During the month of May student families will be contacted to get feedback on plans to return to lessons, taking into consideration the emerging CDC guidelines and the family’s comfort level for the safety of their child.
  • We are currently implementing steps to prepare our horses, volunteers, and staff for the students in our Take Flight Equestrian program and at the Military Family Center to begin a staggered return during the summer months. 
  • Our staff is busy implementing strategies and purchasing supplies to bring us into compliance with COVID-19 guidelines for your health and safety. 

Our Wings Adult Day Program remains closed and we are making plans to reopen this program in the near future as well.

Our group activities and programs at the Military Family Center also remained closed until June. We are very aware that this crisis is having enormous impacts and creating stressors for you and your families. If you have a personal need please feel free to reach out to Missy Howard at 330-935-2300 ext. 105 or missy@pegasusfarm.org. We will do all we can to assist.

We also want you to know that Pegasus Farm took the steps to apply for federal funding to support the continued employment of all our wonderful staff through this crisis.  Funding has been awarded and will help to partially offset the losses we have experienced financially.  However, this pandemic is having and will continue to have a serious impact on our fundraising efforts, which is a critical component in our annual budget. 

If you have the ability to provide support for the services provided at Pegasus Farm, please consider a donation today.  All donations will be directed to the care of our horses through this time. 

We wish you all good health and well-being during this challenging time.

 


Posted April 1, 2020

Our equestrian programs will remain closed in alignment with the school closures until May 1. Our Military Family Center and Wings adult day program also remain temorarily closed.


Posted March 24, 2020

Dear Families, Friends, and Supporters,

We send this message hoping that it finds you healthy and weathering this unprecedented crisis as best as possible.

Because we know of your love and support of Pegasus Farm, we want to keep you as informed as possible about the status of our services.  We have mobilized to respond to the Covid-19 crisis in the most responsible ways possible, responding to expert recommendations and governmental directives: 

  • We have closed all equestrian programming. 
  • As of Monday, March 23rd, we are closing our Wings adult day program as directed by Governor DeWine.  However, we will be collaborating with other providers to ensure that those served in this system county-wide have their needs met. 
  • The Military Family Center is closed to the public, but we continue to respond to calls and messages. 
  • The Pegasus Farm Country Store and Gardens will continue to operate and serve the community. Intensive sanitation practices are being implemented throughout the day. Customers are expressing sincere appreciation for this service daily. 
  • We continue to maintain quality care for our wonderful herd of horses. 

Our staff remain committed to working flexibly and doing whatever is needed to respond to the needs of our participants and the developmental disability systems throughout the county. 

Our board of trustees is mobilized to address the current and future needs for our services and operations.  This crisis will end, and we are committed to successfully re-opening when it does. 

Your health and well-being are our greatest concern and there are many on-line resources you can access for up-to-date, accurate information: The CDC, Ohio.gov

Our communications will continue to be sent through our website, emails, and Facebook.   Please know that if there is anything you believe we can assist with, feel free to call or email us; our management staff are still working remotely.

Please feel free to contact me at any time.  I can be reached at (330) 704-8175.

Sincerely,

Carol Lichtenwalter
Executive Director
Pegasus Farm


Posted March 22, 2020

Pegasus Farm has been closely monitoring and evaluating the situation around the Coronavirus and has made the following decisions:

1) Take Flight - Equestrian programming will cease through April 4, 2020.  This will have an impact on our annual program calendar, which will be updated as we know more.  

2) Wings - Adult services has closed in compliance with the Governor's order. 

3) Country Store and Gardens - will remain open.

4) Military Family Center - facility is temporarily closed and equestrian programming halted through April 4, 2020. 

The offices at the Farm will remain open; however, staff will have flexibility with their schedules in order to respond to the needs of their families.  

We ask that all individuals who come to the farm during this period closely monitor your health.  If you or anyone in your family are showing signs of fever or if have been exposed to the Coronavirus, please stay home and take care of yourself.  We want everyone to weather this situation well. 

Please continue to monitor our Facebook page, Remind, and website for further updates and information.  

You can get additional information about the Coronavirus from official public health sites such as:  https://www.cdc.govwww.coronavirus.ohio.gov and https://odh.ohio.gov

Wishing you all the best,
Carol Lichtenwalter
Executive Director
Pegasus Farm