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DWI COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

DWI has established the following safety guidelines. This plan “reduces the risk of COVID-19 to Idaho’s most vulnerable population and preserves capacity in our healthcare system while opening up businesses safely,”

DWI will comply with:

  • Social Distancing- 6-foot distance to be maintained. No touching, hugging, or handshakes
  • Wearing a mask (provided if necessary) while in hallways, vehicles, and when unable to maintain the social distance of 6 ft.
  • Encouraging handwashing with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or use hand sanitizer;
  • Enhancing sanitation of touchable surfaces multiple times throughout the day; cleaning supplies are located throughout the buildings for all staff to use.
  • Providing Telehealth services for individuals when feasible
  • Greater community outings are allowed with the use of masks and enhanced sanitizing procedures.

Non-essential travel continues to locations that allow it and do not have ongoing transmission. 14-day self-quarantine for people entering Idaho from another country or from an area outside Idaho with substantial community spread or case rates higher than Idaho.

Outside groups may resume the use of DWI buildings where appropriate physical distancing and precautionary measures can occur. Outside groups are expected to sanitize areas used at time of leaving the facilities. No one is to enter a DWI campus if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, and/or shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

Visitors will need to follow the current DWI procedures of signing in out of buildings and all safety guidelines. No visitor or vendor is to enter a DWI campus if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, and/or shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

All vulnerable individuals can resume services on DWI Campuses. However please be remember that members of households with vulnerable residents should be aware that by returning to work or other environments where distancing is not always possible, they could carry the virus back home. Return to services and public interaction is done at your own risk.

DO NOT enter a DWI campus if you are experiencing the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, and/or shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. If at any time an individual is experiencing any of those symptoms they will be quarantined and expected to return home immediately. You must be clear of symptoms for 24 hours prior to returning.

Any staff or clients found to be positive for COVID-19 will need to report this to DWI immediately and self-isolate. You may return to DWI once:

  • You no longer have a fever (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) and
  • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) and
  • You received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart.

Thank You for your compliance, patience, and understanding during these difficult times.