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MN Dept. of Human Services says day services for people with disabilities to reopen

MN Dept. of Human Services says day services for people with disabilities to reopen Photo: MN Dept. of Human Services.

KAAL-TV
Updated: July 12, 2020 01:19 PM
Created: July 12, 2020 01:17 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Starting Monday, July 13, the Minnesota Department of Human Services says people with disabilities will be able to return to programs that provide work and social activities.  But it will take place with new guidelines from the department. 

Officials say starting tomorrow, residents of group homes and other congregate care settings will be able to attend day services programs. Providers are required to have a COVID-19 preparedness plan in place to protect service participants and staff and follow other state licensing requirements related to hours and capacity.

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Many day service programs for people with disabilities closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are about 300 day services locations in Minnesota that serve about 6,000 people per month. DHS says it has worked with providers to carefully consider how programs can gradually and safely reopen. On May 30, the department announced a partial reopening of programs for people who live in their own homes, as well as new options for providing services remotely.

To prevent the spread of the virus, individuals are prohibited from attending a day service facility if they live with any person with an active case of COVID-19 or have had COVID-19 exposure in the last 14 days.

People with disabilities still have the right to make an informed choice about whether they want to return to a day service facility. Individuals and their support team should consider any underlying health conditions, as well as factors such as whether the person can protect themselves and others by washing their hands often; avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth; covering their coughs and sneezes; and wearing a protective mask or cloth face covering.

Remote services and services in the community will continue to be available provided health department guidelines are followed.


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