We hope you and those close to you are safe and well during this time of COVID-19. Harm Reduction Services is committed to the health and safety of our participants, community, and staff, so we are closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation in Sacramento, and we will continue to work with local health departments to ensure appropriate protocols and guidelines are followed. However, HRS recognizes that our participants need access to life-saving harm reduction materials, and especially in times of crisis. As such, we will continue to operate services, with the following precautions in place:

  • We have installed a doorbell. Please ring the bell located on the front door and wait for assistance.
  • Participants will be escorted into the building and served one person at a time, unless two people have traveled to the exchange together.
  • Participants MUST adhere to the strict rule of wearing a face mask. All masks must be properly positioned above the nose and secured below the chin, try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face and put it on before entering the building (if you do not have a mask one will be provided to you).
  • Please respect each other and maintain a 6 ft distance between you and others.
  • Hand sanitizer is strongly encouraged and available throughout the exchange.
  • If you are meeting with a case manager, or getting tested, you will be required to have your temperature taken. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.4 will be rescheduled.

Additionally, for your safety, our employees have been thoroughly trained on site-specific policies and procedures to prevent potential exposure to COVID-19, and how to accurately recognize and respond to the virus. Because of that, we recommend that our employees remain attentive and follow CDC guidelines at all times. As well as the following precautions:

  • Unwell employees will be sent home immediately and can return to work only when testing confirms there is no COVID-19 infection.
  • Staff will be required to wear a mask at all times.
  • Daily monitoring of temperature and oxygen levels are currently in place.
  • Thorough and constant hand washing, and use of hand sanitizer, is mandatory.
  • Maintain clean and disinfected surfaces, divider, and frequently touched objects.

Harm Reduction Services would like to say thank you for all of the support you’ve given us during this unfamiliar and difficult time. There’s still a long way to go, but we’re in this together. Stay safe and take care of each other!

 

 

For information regarding the CDC guidelines to COVID-19, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

For information regarding Drug Use and COVID-19, please visit: https://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/noras-blog/2020/04/covid-19-potential-implications-individuals-substance-use-disorders