Lighthouse staff and volunteers continue to work around the clock to provide food and shelter to Oakland County’s most vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 crisis. Despite taking every recommended precaution within our facilities, we know the threat of COVID-19 is all around us. Unfortunately, an employee in our PATH office has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently being treated at a local hospital. We are told this person is now fever-free and has shown signs of improvement.
We have also learned that another employee who was in close contact with the confirmed case is experiencing symptoms (fever and cough). This team member has been in touch with medical professionals and is self quarantined at home.
Our thoughts are with the affected employees and we are praying for a complete and speedy recovery.
Our PATH transitional housing program serves formerly homeless women and their children. At this time, no clients or volunteers have reported any symptoms.
News that one team member tested positive and another is experiencing symptoms serves as a stark reminder that COVID-19 poses a significant threat to our community. Working to ensure the health and safety of our staff, clients, and volunteers remains our top priority as we assist those in need to the best of our ability. Without the continued health and well-being of our team, we know we will not be able to serve anyone at all.
Here is what we know about the positive COVID-19 case:
- Friday, March 13 was the employee’s last day at the office.
- Saturday, March 14: The employee reported feeling sick and has not returned to work since.
- Friday, March 20: Symptoms worsened and the employee was admitted to the hospital.
- Saturday, March 21 the employee tested positive for COVID-19.
- Sunday, March 22 a second employee reported a cough and fever.
- Sunday night, March 22, the first employee showed signs of improvement.
We have been in touch with the Oakland County Health Department and remain in close communication. As a precaution, we have asked six (6) PATH team members to self-quarantine.
Lighthouse is taking the following additional steps:
- The employee’s workspace and shared working spaces are closed and are being thoroughly disinfected and sanitized.
- We have notified our team members and clients and will continue our ongoing communications which include health and safety recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Oakland County Health Department and others.
- We are continuing to limit the number of team members and/or volunteers permitted in one place at any given time.
Our Lighthouse staff members and volunteers are heroes, selflessly serving our most vulnerable neighbors in need during this difficult time. We are truly grateful for the community’s support for our life-saving work. As this crisis continues, and we remain on the front lines fighting homelessness, food insecurity and poverty, we know the urgent need for food, shelter and funding will only increase.
Anyone who would like to support our efforts can do so at: lighthousemi.org/Covid-19.