April 1, 2020 Update
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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Here is a link to additional information:
Additionally, we have included a link to a resource from DOL on Frequently Asked Questions regarding this Act:
March 16, 2020
RE: Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Preparedness
For over 65 years MRCI has taken pride in providing the best possible service to the clients and families we serve. For the best interest of our clients and families, MRCI-CDS will not be allowing any outside visitors into our office building during the next two weeks (March 16 – March 30). Once the two weeks are complete, MRCI-CDS will re-evaluate and send communications to our families regarding the next steps. This action is in response to Governor Walz’s announcement of a peacetime state of emergency regarding Covid-19 (Coronavirus).
With staff coming and going from your home we ask all to take the following precautions:
• Clean your hands often:
o Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 second
o Hand Sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
• Remain home if sick:
o Stay home if you are experiencing any flu like symptoms.
o Seek medication attention for fever, chills and cough symptoms.
• Cover your cough and/or sneezes:
o Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing to prevent the spread of germs. A sneeze or cough can travel up to 10 feet.
o Throw used tissues in the trash immediately after use and wash your hands.
• Clean and disinfect:
o Clean and disinfect regularly used surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, phones, keyboards and toilets.
o Using a disinfecting detergent will assist with killing unwanted germs.
• For more information please visit: www.cdc.gov
During these next two weeks we ask all clients, families and direct care workers who need to drop items off please do so at our Map Drive location or the designated envelope at the Premier Drive location. Our staff will do the very best to ensure there is no interruption in the payroll process, paying goods and service vendors and hiring employees. The State of Minnesota is actively working on contingency plans to ensure no interruption as well.
At this time, we at MRCI-CDS ask you to review your back up staffing plans to ensure the continuation of care. If you are concerned with your staffing or other needs during this time, please connect with your county case manager for further assistance from your county.
MRCI will continue to provide the best possible customer service during this time and will ensure payments are processed as scheduled whether that is for you and your staff or goods and service vendors. MRCI will continue to keep you posted with any updates or changes in the following weeks.
Thank you for your continued partnership with MRCI.
Client Directed Services
1961 Premier Drive, Suite 318
Mankato, MN 56001
This information is available in other forms to individuals with disabilities or other languages by calling us locally at 507-386-5600 or toll free at 800-829-7110, TTY users can also call us through Minnesota Relay at 711 or (800) 627-3529