South Carolina Guidelines for Volunteers and Volunteer Organizations during COVID-19
During this National Emergency, we understand that those who are not suffering from the virus, or who may have already recovered from the virus, may want to help. However, all volunteer activities should adhere to critical health and safety protocols in order to protect those whom you wish to help, yourselves, and the organizations you serve with.
Special Considerations for Food Preparation, Distribution and Delivery:
- It is highly recommended to do temperature checks as volunteers come in for shift, especially if handling food. Consider having an isolation space ready in case anyone shows up with symptoms.
- Make sure you have the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available and make sure you train volunteers on its proper use before allowing them to do any tasks that require PPE
- For people receiving meals from a distribution point, if a line forms there needs to be chalk or tape on the ground that reminds people to keep at least a 3ft-6ft distance. The World Health Organization ) (WHO) recommends 6ft.
- For people who are giving meals, they also need to find a way to maintain at least 3ft if possible, use gloves, and wash hands frequently.
- With deliveries, set meals or supplies on the doorstep and wave/hold conversation from that safe distance to protect the seniors and homebound vulnerable folks is key.
General Guidelines for Volunteers:
- Clean and wash your hands before, during, and after volunteering for a minimum of 20 seconds
- Avoid physical contact with others and maintain a social distance of 6 feet.
- Cover your cough and sneezes with your elbow or tissue.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
General Guidance for Volunteer Organizations:
- Realize that traditional services may shift.
- Clean and sanitize gathering spaces or meal distribution sites regularly. Dispose of cleaning materials properly and contain any contaminated materials.
- Do not compete in the market for scarce supplies that healthcare organizations and providers need every day to perform their duties.
- If congregating is necessary for your task, consult public health partners and exercise extra measures.
- Keep 6-10-foot social distance rules in place during tasks if possible.
- Hang posters in facilities with best practices / social distancing / hand washing etc.
- Provide sufficient and accessible infection control supplies (e.g. hand-hygiene products, tissues, Clorox wipes and receptacles for their disposal) in all locations.