Community Outreach Wisconsin (COW) is a group of unique cutting-edge programs within the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the Waisman Center, UW-Madison. These programs work extensively with individuals and community teams supporting persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Crisis Response (in collaboration with Responsive Solutions Inc.)
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Community Outreach Wisconsin COVID-19 Response – Updated 11/29/2021
As with many of our community partners, we are trying to navigate the extremely difficult challenge of continuously offering our services while safeguarding the health and well-being of individuals we serve and our dedicated staff. We have implemented important changes to our practices and are happy that Community Wisconsin Outreach staff are able to have modified in person contact with participants and families again.
Below you will find updated information about our respective programs and an abbreviated overview of major safety protocols:
- Our Olin office will continue to be closed for most visitors. Community Outreach staff will continue to primarily work out of their respective homes to reduce the total number of staff present in our office at any given time. Stepped up hygiene and cleaning/sanitization protocols following CDC and OSHA guidelines are being implemented. While in our Olin office, masks must be worn at all times regardless of vaccination status status (UW–Madison’s mask order remains in effect until Jan. 15 and will be re-evaluated before that point).
- Team meetings for all program will primarily continue via conference calls or online meeting apps. Community Outreach staff are happy to host HIPAA compliant meetings via Webex. Small in-person meetings – masks are required for all participants – are possible in our shared conference room.
- The TIES clinic will continue to operate via tele-health.
- Community Trainings will be offered in an online format.
- Community Outreach staff – unless fully vaccinated – have been subject to the University’s weekly testing requirements. As of September 2, 92% of UW-Madison employees are fully vaccinated. All UW-Madison employees are required to be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022.
- All Community Outreach staff will perform daily symptom checks, will work remotely when symptomatic and have easy access to no-cost campus testing. All staff are provided with face masks, hand sanitizer, and necessary cleaning/disinfecting supplies. WIN nurses have access to additional PPE.
- Home visits with TIES consultants should ideally take place in open spaces in the community. This may include a home’s front or back yard, a park, or other appropriate open spaces, e.g. a porch or a larger room that is well ventilated and allows for distancing. During visits, TIES consultants will wear masks (one clean face mask per visit), use hand sanitizer (prior, during, and after a visit) and maintain social distancing as much as possible.
- Home visits with WIN nurses will be scheduled when closer assessment or hands on care may be needed. WIN nurses needing to complete hands-on assessments or tasks will have access to single use covering gowns and gloves and are trained in infection control techniques. During visits, WIN nurses will always wear masks (one clean face mask per visit), complete hand hygiene prior, during and after a visit and maintain social distancing as much as possible. Nursing judgment will guide which additional PPE is needed during visits.
- Prior to a home visit, Community Outreach staff will inquire if individuals and their caregivers are symptomatic. If individuals visited do not have masks staff will provide them.
- Community Outreach staff will assist in contact tracing efforts by UW and/or Public Health agencies.
We recognize the high level of uncertainty we all are experiencing. We will continue to monitor state and local data, follow CDC, DHS, City of Madison and Dane County Public Health guidelines as well as Waisman Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison policies and procedures and will adjust this plan as needed.
Additional information about UW-Madison’s Covid-19 response can be found at https://covidresponse.wisc.edu/ .
Please reach out to us if you have any questions. We can be reached at our typical phone numbers and email addresses.