Homeless Shelter Guidance

News Update

Updated March 26, 2020 5:00 PM

Consejos sobre el nuevo coronavirus para albergues de personas sin hogar

Do We Have to Close Our Shelter?

No. Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults and children are considered essential services

What is Social Distancing?

Maintaining at least 6 feet of social distancing from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.

What Steps Can We Take to Protect our Shelter?

You can take steps right now that can help protect those at your shelter. Many of these strategies are the same strategies used to prevent the spread of common colds, influenza, and other respiratory illnesses. Build on your everyday practices to implement these strategies. 

In addition to these steps, Sedgwick County has mandated the following when possible for essential services:

Use Proper Infection Control Practices

Educate and Prepare Clients

Business Continuity of Operations Plans

Prepare Staff and Volunteers

Serving residents with cough and fever:

Online Resources:

Sedgwick County Health Department

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Kansas Department of Health and Environment