COVID-19 GUIDELINES

Dear Donors, please read and comply with the following No-Contact Drop Spot Guidelines.

If you have questions after reading the summary, please see the detailed version that follows.

SUMMARY

To keep you, our volunteers, and our gift applicants free of Covid-19, only donate items if:

  • you and the members of your household are feeling healthy;
  • your household has not had a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the last 30 days;
  • your household is not self isolating due to illness or exposure to a person with a positive Covid-19 infection;
  • you agree to keep two meters away from people at their outdoor drop spot location; and
  • you have read and understood this Summary. If you still have questions, see Details and FAQ below.

If you are eligible to donate, your next steps include:

DETAILS

Thank you for considering donating your gently used or new items to help with baby’s first year! Your donation is even more impactful right now because we are trying hard to catch up and meet the need of the 265 Manitobans on our waiting list. Please know we are taking special precautions to keep our donors, gift recipients, and volunteers informed so that everyone stays as healthy as possible during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.

To help reduce the spread of communicable diseases and viruses, including Covid-19, all donors must read and comprehend our infection prevention and control plan before donating baby items to a location of your choice from our website’s map. In return, we have trained our volunteers to practice safety measures around you. Together, we can stay healthy and continue to help Manitoba families in need.

INFECTION PREVENTION

Learn about Covid-19. Information is your most powerful tool to prevent illness. Staying up to date with what Covid-19 symptoms look and feel like will allow you to have an earlier and more appropriate response if you or someone you know has symptoms.

Adopt the mindset that everyone, including yourself, is contagious with Covid-19. This mindset is especially helpful because people who are not showing symptoms and feel healthy can still spread illness. This ‘everyone’s got it’ mentality aims to sharpen your cleaning practices, motivates your use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and ensures you follow social distancing protocols. It also may empower you to know that you are doing everything you can to prevent the spread of illness.

Reschedule your donation plans if you are feeling unwell with Covid-19 or flu-like symptoms. See the Resources at the end of this document for a link to the MB Shared Health Screening Tool.

Postpone delivering your donation by 30 days if the baby items you are giving have been in a home with a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19, or other contagious illness. Surfaces including hard plastic, cardboard and clothing can transfer infections to people and our goal is to keep our volunteers healthy. We will accept donations from homes that have had Covid-19 cases if one month has passed since having anyone contagious living in the home. If you are unsure, please contact us at info@youcantspoilababy.org and ask for help planning your donation delivery.

Reduce unnecessary deliveries by only donating eligible items. Prior to donating, learn what items we can use by visiting our ‘What to Donate’ webpage. Donating eligible items is always important but is especially important when we are trying to reduce unnecessary contact and risk during the time of Covid-19. See the Resources at the end of this document for a link to our ‘What to Donate’ webpage.

INFECTION CONTROL

Investigate your symptoms. If you have Covid-19 symptoms, or you feel unwell and aren’t sure why, use Shared Health Manitoba’s screening tool to learn if you should contact Health Links or seek other medical advice.

Report suspected of confirmed cases of Covid-19 to YCSAB. If you or a household member has a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 shortly after donating to YCSAB, inform us at info@youcantspoilababy.org. Supply us with a list of any volunteers and/or drop spots you have encountered in the last 14 days so we can confidentially seek the advice of public health. Our aim is to protect your privacy while following public health orders and ensuring everyone remains healthy.

Donate to YCSAB only if your household has been Covid-19 free for 30 days.

Based on your donation plan, please read the relevant sections:

  • Protocol for Exchanges with Face to Face Interaction
  • Protocol for Exchanges with No Face to Face Interaction
  • General FAQs and
  • Covid-19 Resources

PROTOCOL FOR EXCHANGES WITH FACE TO FACE INTERACTION

This following information is necessary for donors who select a drop spot location that requires an in-person exchange.

Communicating with our volunteer before you meet, about what actions you can both take to stay safe, can be reassuring and can increase the safety of your exchange. The below ideas and safety guidelines can also help you both know what to expect during your meeting:

  • Negotiate a no-contact delivery that includes staying at least two meters away from each other.
  • Learn where outdoors they would like to meet you and agree to meet there (ie. courtyard, side door etc.).
  • Choose an exact meet up time, and do you best to be there on time.
  • Ask for the contact info that they prefer you use on delivery day should you need it.
  • Stay outdoors during the delivery. Our volunteers are responsible for carrying the items indoors, and you will not be asked to help.
  • Instead of passing your item directly into the volunteer’s hands, leave the items on the ground at the agreed upon delivery location and then you will back up at least two meters so they can then safely pick it up.
  • If you bring one member of your household along to help you deliver the items, train them so they too can practice effective social distancing.
  • If you anticipate it may be hard to practice social distancing, protect yourself and others and wear a quality mask.
  • If you have touched any public surfaces while out, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or a disinfecting wipe before entering your vehicle. Once home, wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If someone accidentally touches your property during a drop off, disinfect the surface.

PROTOCOL FOR EXCHANGES WITH NO FACE TO FACE INTERACTION

This following information is necessary for donors who select a drop spot location that requires no face to face interaction on delivery day.

The below ideas and safety protocol can also help you both know what to expect on the day of delivery:

  • Visit our website’s map to find a drop spot location most convenient for you. Click on that location and carefully read that volunteer’s special instructions.
  • Prior to deliver, be sure you have the correct address, contact info- if provided, and that you know where outdoors our volunteer would like the donation left.
  • Plan to social distance while you are on our volunteer’s property. Keep at least two meters away from anyone who is not in your immediate family unit.
  • If you anticipate it may be hard to practice social distancing, for example it is an apartment building with a busy entry point, protect yourself and others and wear a quality mask.
  • Unless instructed to do so by the volunteer’s instructions, you will not knock or ring their doorbell, instead, you’ll simply set down your items in the location they requested and then leave.
  • Any further message that needs to be communicated about the delivery will be done online or by phone. If the volunteer does not provide contact info you can reach us at info@youcantspoilababy.org for assistance.
  • If you have touched any shared or public surfaces while out, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, or a disinfecting wipe before entering your vehicle. Once home, wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

GENERAL FAQs

Covid-19 is a new reality that enters our volunteer network, including donors, because some of us interact with baby items and people from outside of our immediate family unit and whose Covid-19 status we do not know. The following information has been paraphrased by YCSAB’s Executive Director Pamela Delisle from the World Health Organization’s website. If you have any resources to share, please message her at pamela@youcantspoilababy.org


Can we become infected with the Covid-19 virus from handling donations and bringing them into our space?

The WHO currently has no data available on the stability of Covid-19 on dry surfaces and will update their resources when evidence is available. That being said, the WHO believes that objects or materials like clothes or furniture that have had direct exposure to respiratory droplets from a sneeze or cough for example, can play a role in transmission but to what importance is not clear. Factors such as relative temperature, humidity and surface type all play a role, as does when the object was infected, and how strong the infected person’s viral load was at the time the droplets landed on the item.

SOLUTION: Carry your just-received donations to a low-traffic, clean, dry location without touching your face or other surfaces in your home and store them there for a full three days. Once you have set the donations down, properly wash or sanitized your hands.


Can Gift Applicants become infected with the Covid-19 virus from receiving a YCSAB gift into their home?

Like the above question, the level of threat depends on many things. Prior to the gift applicant receiving their gift, we have asked them to read the Gift Applicant specific information on our website to help them avoid Covid-19 infection. One thing YCSAB volunteers are doing is reminding the gift applicant of this information and being available to answer their questions.


How long does the virus survive outside of the body?

There is currently no scientific data available on how long the Covid-19 virus survives outside of the human body in a real-life environment and therefore lab results should be interpreted with caution. It is important to note that just because the virus can be found somewhere does not mean that it is at a level that can cause an infection. In a controlled laboratory environment, the virus can be found:

  • in the air up to three hours later;
  • on copper for up to four hours later;
  • on cardboard up to 24 hours later;
  • up to 3 days on plastic and stainless steel; and
  • on objects or materials such as clothes or furniture.

SOLUTION: Assume that any item you bring into your home has Covid-19 on it and either find a low-traffic, clean, dry location to store it for a full three days or disinfect the item/s.


How is Covid-19 Spread?

There is a risk of getting Covid-19 from breathing air that has come from Covid-19 positive person, and from touching surfaces and then contaminating ourselves (touching our eyes, mouths, nose etc).


How do we Reduce the Likelihood of Getting Covid-19?

  • Use personal protective equipment (PPE) including a quality mask, gloves and eyewear
  • Keep at least six feet away from people not in your immediate family unit
  • Disinfect or leaving suspected or contaminated items to air-out for a full three days
  • Properly wash your hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds before touching your face

How do we Reduce the Likelihood of Spreading Covid-19?

  • Learn about Covid-19 and what the symptoms are
  • Self monitor for symptoms and stay home if you or someone from your home has symptoms
  • Check in with your health care professionals if you have Covid-19 symptoms and follow their advice
  • Donate to YCSAB only if your household has been Covid-19 free for 30 days.

How will YCSAB’s Covid-19 Infection and Prevention Plan be Enforced?

  • Due to the unique way all YCSAB volunteers work from our personal spaces it is unrealistic for us to monitor individual behaviour. If you have concerns about someone’s actions related to Covid-19 we encourage you to talk to them directly, assuming you feel comfortable to do so. Our management are also here for you if you have any concerns or need advice about how to bring up your concerns.

COVID-19 RESOURCES

List of What Donations YCSAB Accepts
YCSAB’s Drop Spot Donation Map

Additional guidance on how to keep informed during this time of Covid-19 can be found online: