COVID-19 Statement: UPDATED 3/27

Mar 16, 2020

March 27 update: Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has issued a "stay-at-home" order intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 across the state. Running March 28 through April 10, the order directs Minnesotans not to leave their homes except for essential needs or to perform essential services. In compliance with the order, all CEE staff will primarily work from home beginning March 30.

March 16 original statement:

CEE's top priorities are the safety and well-being of our staff, our partners, and the people we serve. 
 
We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak, coordinating regularly with colleagues internally and externally, and adopting practices that prioritize the health and safety of all our customers and employees: 

  • Effective immediately, the majority of CEE's staff will begin working remotely and we will rotate critical on-site staff to limit points of contact as much as possible. 

  • By mid-week, our residential staff will halt all planned visits in homes. Schedulers will contact customers to begin a process for rescheduling when possible. 

  • We are moving forward with scheduled appointments in private businesses, but will continue to take direction from federal and local health officials and adapt accordingly.

  • We have instructed our commercial staff to reschedule visits if anyone in a business reports or exhibits symptoms associated with the virus (cough, shortness of breath, fever), or has returned recently from a high-risk location

  • We are not visiting businesses that house or serve vulnerable populations, such as health care or assisted living facilities, and all employees are following hygiene practices outlined by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • We are suspending out-of-state business travel until further notice.

  • In coming weeks staff will meet virtually when possible, with in-person meetings limited to very few people and only when absolutely required.

  • Our teams will reach out to all clients and partners to tailor the best approaches for ongoing project collaboration during this time period.

  • Finally, we require any employee to stay home if they or their family experience symptoms associated with the virus or if they return from high-risk locations.

These guidelines are meant to protect our team and those we serve, while keeping front of mind those most vulnerable to the virus and our public health workers. Anything we can do to reduce contact helps limit the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and update our approach whenever needed. 
 
Clients, partners, or customers with questions should reach out directly to their CEE contact or send general questions to communications@mncee.org