Fishline Status Update: Message from the Executive Director

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Please visit the follow links for additional local information: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Links & Resources, Kitsap County County Emergency Operations Center Links & Resources

The past two weeks have been a crazy time at Fishline, where we experienced our first positive case of COVID-19 in the Market.  We are proud of our track record over the past eleven months, where we served thousands of community members during a pandemic, and remained COVID free.

 In response to notification of a positive test, we immediately closed our facilities and contacted all volunteers who may have been exposed and consulted the Kitsap Health Department and ensured that we were following the CDC guidelines.

Our friends at ServPro showed up on a moment’s notice to deep clean all of our facilities. We want to send out a special thank you to the thirty-two new volunteers and many of our regular volunteers who answered the call for help. These super heroes helped feed close to 400 families this past week!

We worried about our volunteers and co-workers, who were in quarantine, hoping that none of them would get sick. The good news is no one did. Our staff have all tested negative for COVID-19 and we have heard the same from many of our volunteers who may have been exposed. 

The volunteer who contracted COVID is on the mend, and we wish them a speedy recovery.

To alleviate future outbreaks, we have decided to update some of our policies. Here are the changes:

  • To prevent cross contamination:  All Fishline Volunteers will be asked to volunteer at only one program and one shift per week. (for example; only at Second Season or only in the Market).
  • There will be a 15-minute window between shift changes to reduce exposure. Please be prepared to leave your shift on time, unless it is as the end of the day.
  • It is recommended to double up on masks to reduce exposure.
  • We are updating contact information for all volunteers and expect them to complete a volunteer Emergency Contact Form and return it to the Volunteer Manager by February 15, 2021. 

Fishline COVID-19 Policies:

  • You are required to wear a mask at all times and practice mandated six feet social distance guidelines.
  • Volunteers must sign a waiver and check your temperature at the beginning of each shift.
  • Review/sign and adhere to our COVID-19 Safety and Health Guidelines for Volunteers 
  • We ask volunteers who may be at risk or not feeling well to stay home and take care of themselves. If you need to cancel or change your shift, email: Volunteer@fishlinehelps.org.
  • We strongly recommend those with an underlying medical health condition (visit the CDC for more information.) not to volunteer at this time.
  • According to the CDC and Kitsap Health department guidelines quarantining for 14 days is the safest option if you have been exposed someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Those who volunteered on 1/12, 1/14 and/or on 1/19 are asked to quarantine for 14 days and to contact your provider for additional guidance.
  • If you need to get tested, please visit the following links for site locations:

https://www.kitsapgov.com/Pages/Kitsap-COVID-19-Test-Site.aspx

https://www.doineedacovid19test.com/

COVID-19 Vaccination

For those who are wondering about when Fishline staff or volunteers will be eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccination. Fishline is following the CDC guidelines. To learn more please visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations.html

https://kitsappublichealth.org/CommunityHealth/CoronaVirus_Vaccine.php

Client Services

The team is providing their services remotely.  For those who do not have a telephone there are staff available to assist on-site. Additionally, we are only allowing one family in the lobby at a time.

 Market

Has changed their shifts to not overlap and to reduce the possible exposure.

Monday & Friday

  • 1st shift 8am-11:30am
  • 2nd shift 11:45am-4:15pm

Wednesdays (2 additional shifts)

  • 3rd shift 12:30pm-3pm
  • 4th shift 3:30pm-6:30pm

Second Season

Is open from 10am to 5pm Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.

We receive donations at the old Fishline building on Viking (behind the new Fishline building) Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am until 2pm.

Fresh Start Shower Program: Operating: Mondays & Fridays 10am-2pm; Wednesdays 12pm-4pm.

Upcoming Closure Dates: Monday, February 15th in observance of President’s Day

I would be happy to answer any questions you have or just say Hi!   I can be reached at:

Lori Maxim
Director@fishlinehelps.org
360-208-0103

For a printable copy of this announcement, please click here.


Free Kitsap County Community COVID-19 Testing Sites

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Kitsap Public Health District and Kitsap County Emergency Operations Center, in partnership with various community organizations, offer drive-through community COVID-19 testing sites. These sites provide additional low-barrier testing options. Results are typically available within 3 to 4 days (72-96 hours) of your test. Results may take longer due to high testing volumes at the lab or other unforeseen circumstances. 

Testing is available regardless of health insurance status. A medical appointment is not required for testing. (When asked to provide insurance or payment information, you can choose “uninsured” as tests are free and insurance is not required).

Testing is available for anyone who: 

Advance registration and an appointment are required

To ensure adequate testing supplies and avoid long wait times, those needing COVID-19 testing must register online or by phone to schedule an appointment.

Click here for the most current list of testing sites or copy and paste the following link into your browser: https://www.kitsapgov.com/Pages/Kitsap-COVID-19-Test-Site.aspx

Please make sure to call your health provider for additional guidance per the CDC and Kitsap Health Department.


Fishline Market Reopening, Volunteers Urgently Needed

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January 20, 2021

SUBJECT: Fishline Market Reopening, Volunteers Urgently Needed

Good evening, all,

The Fishline Market team would like to inform our volunteers that we received notification that a volunteer tested positive for Covid-19, after working in our downstairs Market for several days. Fishline is taking immense precautions to ensure the safety of our volunteers, staff, and clients. We closed the Fishline campus on Wednesday, 1/20/21 for professional sanitization and cleaning. We have also begun to create daily shifts for volunteers to avoid volunteers working on overlapping days and/or within overlapping programs. Our market staff (Market Manager and Market Assistant) are taking precautions by getting tested for Covid-19 and will return to the market after receiving a negative result. 

Fishline will re-open tomorrow, Thursday, January 21, 2021, and we need your support to run the market. If you were not onsite on January 12th, 14th, and/or 19th, please review the dates below and let our Volunteer Manager know as soon as possible if you are willing and able to help us get food to our clients!


Volunteers are needed on the following days, THIS WEEK AND NEXT:

  • Thursday, 1/21
  • Friday, 1/22
  • Tuesday, 1/26
  • Thursday, 1/28

The following shifts are needed. Please visit our volunteer page for more information regarding the positions.

  • 4 volunteers from 8:00am – 11:30am to sort produce, bread, assemble market delivery bags
  • 4 volunteers from 11:45am – 4:15pm to distribute food at the door/assemble bags for the next day
  • 2 volunteers from 4:30pm – 6:00pm to assist with clean up and preparation for the next day’s food distribution (Thursday, 1/21 only)
  • 2 drivers, 6:30am – 8:30am
  • 3 market delivery drivers, 11:00am – 1:00pm

We know these are uncertain times, and we appreciate your continued support of our work. We could not serve the needs of the community without our volunteers. Please call or email our Volunteer Manager at 360-208-0102 to sign up for a volunteer shift and/or if you have any questions.

Gratefully,

Laura Olson, Fishline Market Manager

Elijah Lonewolf, Fishline Market Assistant

Lori Maxim, Fishline Executive Director


Covid-19 Building Closure Announcement

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Read the full announcement here.

January 19, 2021

Dear Staff, Clients, and Volunteers,

Please be advised that Fishline was notified that a volunteer who worked in the Market on January 12th, 14th, and 19th has tested positive for COVID-19. The volunteer notified Fishline’s Volunteer Manager the afternoon of January 19th that they were exhibiting symptoms while working in the Market. As an immediate response to protect the health and safety of our workforce, we are notifying all employees, clients, volunteers and partner agencies that we are temporarily shutting down the Market and CSC for professional cleaning. The Fishline campus at 19705 Viking Way NW will be closed on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. 

We are also taking the following steps:

  • Staff will be working remotely
  • Professional sanitization of all Fishline campus buildings and vehicles
  • All Market food pickup and Home Deliveries will be postponed until Thursday, January 21, 2021. 
  • Market Staff (Fishline’s Market Manager, Volunteer Manager, and Market Assistant) will undergo testing as soon as possible and will work remotely until negative results are confirmed.
  • We will be closing the Fresh Start Shower program on Wednesday, January 20th. Fresh Start will reopen on Friday, January 22nd
  • Volunteers who may have been exposed will be contacted directly by Fishline staff. 

We ask that you abide by the following federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to protect your health and those around you:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Follow all recommendations provided by the CDC here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html.

If you, or someone in your household, exhibits COVID-19 related symptoms, please notify the Volunteer Manager or Executive Director immediately, so that we may track any potential outbreaks within our organization.  All such personal information will remain confidential.

Your health and safety is our priority. We are continually assessing this situation and will contact you no later than close of business Thursday, January 21, 2021 via email, with all relevant workplace notices detailing your rights and protections as our employee, client, and/or volunteer.

You may contact the Volunteer Manager or Executive Director with questions or concerns. The Volunteer Manager can be reached at: volunteer@fishlinehelps.org, 360-208-0102. The Executive Director can be reached at: director@fishlinehelps.org, 360-208-0103.

These are trying times for us all, and we are here for you.

Respectfully,

Lori Maxim 

Executive Director, Fishline


Fishline’s 2020 Holiday Hours

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To give our clients and community advance notice, we have listed our holiday hours for Thanksgiving and Christmas below. Clients with questions should call our main office at 360-779-5190. Happy holidays!

Please CLICK HERE to see hours in Spanish.
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Thanksgiving Week Hours:

  • EXTENDED HOURS on Monday (11/23) and Tuesday (11/24)
    • 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • CLOSING EARLY on Wednesday (11/25)
    • 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • CLOSED FULLY on Thursday (11/26) and Friday (11/27)

If you are a client who receives home delivery on 11/26 and 11/27 typically, we will be delivering your weekly grocery bag to your home on the following days…

  • Thursday (11/26) delivery clients will receive food on 11/25
  • Friday (11/27) delivery clients will receive their food on 11/30

The Second Season Donation Station will be closed on Thursday, 11/26. The store WILL be open on Saturday, 11/28.

Christmas Week Hours:

  • EXTENDED HOURS on Monday (12/21) and Tuesday (12/22)
    • 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • EXTENDED HOURS on Wednesday (12/23)
    • 12:00pm – 6:00pm
  • CLOSED FULLY on Thursday (12/24) and Friday (12/25)

If you are a client who receives home delivery on 12/24 and 12/25 typically, we will be delivering your grocery bag to your home on the following days…

  • Thursday (12/24) delivery clients will receive food on 12/23
  • Friday (12/25) delivery clients will receive food on 12/22

The Second Season Donation Station and store will be closed on Thursday and Friday, 12/24 and 12/25. The store will be open on Saturday, 12/26.

New Year’s Week Hours:

  • CLOSED FULLY on Friday (1/1)
    • Clients who pick up food on this day please pick up food on Thursday, 12/31
    • Home Delivery clients who receive food on Fridays will receive food on Tuesday, 12/29

The Second Season donation station will be closed on Friday, 1/1. The store will be open on Saturday, 1/2.