Winter Growth’s COVID-19 Response updateD 8-9-2021

With the increasing concerns of the impact of the Delta Variant of COVID-10 on fully vaccinated people, Winter Growth has implemented new guidance to align with recommencations from both  the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following updated policies and procedures are in place:

  • All individuals entering our buildings are actively screened for elevated temperatures and COVID-19 symptoms. All staff are required to immediately report potential exposure to COVID-19 and must follow current CDC quarantine guidelines.
  • Upon entering our buildings, all individuals are required to sanitize their hands.  There are sanitizing stations throughout the building.
  • Indoor visits are allowed for family members if the following criteria are met:
    •     Winter Growth has not had any NEW cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days AND
    •     The county COVID-19 Community Level Transmission status is below HIGH per CDC tracker data is at or below 5%. https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view
    •      Regardless of vaccination status, all visitors must wear masks while in the building.
  • Indoor visits are allowed for compassionate care visits  at all times unless Winter Growth is experiencing an active outbreak or the County Level Transmission status is HIGH, at which time staff will review if we are able to maintain safety while allowing compassionate care visits.
  • Outdoor visits are allowed for family members and:
    •     if both the resident and visitors are fully vaccinated masks are optional;
    •     if the county transmission rate is at HIGH then regardless of vaccination status masks are required for both the resident and visitor.

How can you help?

Be INFORMED.  Visit the links below for health alerts and the latest updates on local services.

Stay CONNECTED.  Regularly reach out to your aging loved ones and remember to take care of yourself by staying in touch with other friends and family members who can support YOU.

VOLUNTEER .  Music, laughter, learning, and dance are just a few of our favorite things at Winter Growth.  Volunteers young and old are invited to support our Activities Team. Reach out to our Volunteer Coordinators at (410) 964-9616 (Columbia) or (301) 774-7501 (Olney) for information about current opportunities.

DONATE Online.  As our community grapples with the repercussions of the COVID-19 crisis, including the extended Adult Day Program closures that were necessary to mitigate its impact, your support is needed now, more than ever before.

Winter Growth’s COVID-19 Response

During this unprecedented time, we want to assure you that Winter Growth is carefully monitoring COVID-19 developments.  Our team remains committed to our mission of fostering community by empowering seniors and adults with disabilities to live their best lives and we are actively working to ensure the ongoing health and well-being of clients and staff members.

In accordance with current direction and guidance from the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following updated policies and procedures are in place:

  • All individuals entering our buildings are actively screened for elevated temperatures and COVID-19 symptoms. All staff are required to immediately report potential exposure to COVID-19 and must follow quarantine guidelines based on potential exposure.
  • Upon entering our buildings, all individuals are required to immediately either wash their hands or use hand sanitizer which can be located inside each entrance.
  • Indoor visits are allowed for family members if the following criteria are met:
  • Indoor visits are allowed for compassionate care visits if the following criteria are met:
  • Outdoor visits are allowed for family members if the following criteria are met:
  • Window visits are allowed at ALL Times. Please contact staff to schedule a day and time for your visit.

How can you help?

Be INFORMED.  Visit the links below for health alerts and the latest updates on local services.

Stay CONNECTED.  These are scary times.  Regularly reach out to your aging loved ones who may be feeling especially afraid and isolated; and remember to take care of yourself by staying in touch with other friends and family members who can support YOU in navigating the weeks and months ahead.

VOLUNTEER Virtually.  Music, laughter, learning, and dance are just a few of our favorite things at Winter Growth.  Volunteers young and old are invited to support our Activities Team by participating in the following virtual opportunities:

  • Be a Pen Pal: We are looking for virtual pen pals to connect with the seniors and adults with disabilities we serve. Write a note about a favorite vacation, share a silly story about a pet, tell us what life was like growing up in your neighborhood, or discuss anything else you’d like to share. The “letters” can be emailed to reach our Olney community members or to to reach those in Columbia.
  • Let the Music Play: We LOVE music! Record and share your musical talents with us. Videos can be sent to (or shared with) us. Once received, we’ll upload the videos to our YouTube channel, where they can be accessed and enjoyed by both our residents (onsite) and Day Program participants (offsite).
  • Give a Seminar: Do you have an area of expertise that could be of interest to Winter Growth’s clients? Contact us to discuss options for live-streaming or recording and sharing educational seminars.
  • DONATE ONLINE. As our community grapples with the COVID-19 crisis and the extended Adult Day Program closures mandated to mitigate its impact, we face a long-term loss of income that threatens our ability to maintain our programs and avoid extreme cost-saving measures. Your support is needed now, more than ever before.

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Winter Growth is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of its transportation services on the basis of race, color, or national origin, as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

If you believe you have been subjected to unequal treatment because of race, color, or national origin, then you have a right to file a formal complaint.

Complaints may be filed within one hundred-eighty (180) days following the date of the alleged discriminatory action. Requests for more information or complaints may be submitted to Human Resources by mail (18110 Prince Philip Drive, Olney, MD 20832), telephone (410-964-9616), or email.

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