Following CDC and Alameda County Health Guidelines Sunflower Hill has created an in depth Covid-19 Plan to help keep employees, volunteers, and visitors safe when accessing our locations. We have highlighted basic guidelines below, but at your request we are happy to share our complete Covid-19 plan with you.
Anyone accessing SFH locations should follow CDC-recommended steps if sick or feeling under the weather. Do not visit SFH until you have met the criteria to discontinue home isolation and have consulted with a healthcare provider and state or local health department.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of reported symptoms, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Expectations from Volunteers to Sunflower Hill
As Sunflower Hill takes measures to keep you safe, we also ask that you take the following measures to help us limit risk to all employees and those visiting our Sunflower Hill site:
A face covering is generally a cloth, bandana, or other type of material that covers the persons mouth and nose. The CDC currently recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public places and when it’s impossible to practice social distancing. We will ask visitors to the garden to wear our provided face mask upon arrival and check in.
Following the guidance of the CDC, employees, and visitors of Sunflower Hill should wear a face mask while at SFH. Wearing a face mask is a sign of our mutual respect for the health and well-being of each other. SFH encourages wearing a face mask when in any SFH workplace and interacting with fellow staff members or visitors. There are times when employees may choose not to wear a face mask, for example if the employee is working in a dedicated personal space and no other person is in the area. If someone enters the area, the person should put the face mask back on.
Wearing a face mask can help prevent the spread of Covid-19, but only in addition to other measures that should be taken in the workplace, as outlined in this plan.
To get the most benefit from a face covering:
While the taking of one’s temperature has historically been prohibited under American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA), the EEOC states that temperature checks, medical inquires and testing is now allowed under the ADA’s “direct threat” exception, as an individual with covid-19 poses a “direct threat” to the health of others.
Sunflower Hill has weighed the pros/cons of taking temperatures at its locations, and has decided that for the safety of all employees and the community it will be taking temperatures upon arrival to the office, Garden, Irby Ranch or Stable Cafe. Anyone with a temperature higher than 100.4o F (38.0o C) will not be admitted.
All staff will be trained on how to use the infrared thermometers. The process and policy are outlined below:
Garden Process – Staff
Garden Process – Volunteer / Program Participant
Upon arrival at a Sunflower Hill wait in the parking area. A SFH staff member will meet you near the red barn to complete the check in process. Please plan to arrive just before your scheduled volunteer time to allow check in to occur on time. If you are late please call the SFH staff member to notify them of your arrival and wait in the parking lot.