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Damien Center
Indianapolis, Indiana
About Us
Our Mission:
Our mission is to empower communities and persons affected by HIV/AIDS in the state of Indiana by being a leading resource, provider, and advocate for comprehensive HIV/AIDS care, prevention, education, and related services.
New COVID-19 Protocols - Effective January 4, 2022
Damien is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our employees, volunteers, and those seeking services from us. Damien has developed the following COVID-19 protocols to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and respond to COVID-19 positive cases. These protocols will continue to be updated as the epidemic evolves. You can find the new protocols in the text sections below.
Mask Requirement - Effective January 4, 2022
Damien requires all employees, volunteers, and visitors to wear masks at all times unless you are in a private space or at your workstation or all parties are able to remain six feet distant, until further notice. Individuals are exempt when eating or drinking.

All clients, patients, and visitors will be provided a mask if they arrive without one.

Masks should be surgical, disposable masks. A mask should only be worn for a maximum of one day and then discarded. If someone is wearing a cloth mask, they will be asked to switch to a disposable mask or to wear one beneath the cloth mask.

In general, masks are not required for outdoor Damien activities. However, events or activities where large numbers are attending or expected, masks may be required. Each individual event should be vetted through leadership team members to make an appropriate determination.
Exposure or Symptomatic Protocol - Effective January 4, 2022
Please remember that you should not come to volunteer with any cold or flu symptoms, regardless of COVID status. If you do not feel well, you may be contagious with another flu or cold, and no one wants to be sick with that cold or flu either.

For the purpose of this protocol, COVID symptoms could include loss of smell or taste, headache, sore throat, fever, sinus congestion, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, body or muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea, or other cold or flu symptoms.

For the purpose of this protocol, exposure or close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of another person who tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more within 2 days prior to the other person’s illness onset, regardless of whether the contact was wearing a mask or not.

Volunteers who test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to COVID-19 and have been on-site at Damien Center since the date of symptom onset or exposure must follow the protocol listed below:

NOTIFY
  • Notify Damien Center staff supervisor and the Volunteer Manager (Tessa Barnard, tbarnard@damien.org) immediately with the date and location (if known) where your exposure occurred or the symptoms began.
  • A list of Damien Center staff or other volunteers you may have exposed within 48 hours prior to your exposure or becoming symptomatic AND spent more than 15 minutes with regardless of masked or unmasked.

GET TESTED
  • If you received a positive PCR test, you do not need to take another test to confirm. However, you will need to get a negative test in order to return to volunteering.
  • If you have received a positive rapid test, we strongly encourage you to take a confirmatory PCR test. You will need to schedule this test at an offsite testing location. A PCR is not required; however, Damien may require it at our discretion.
  • If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should wait to be tested until 48 hours after exposure. Testing can sometimes have a waiting list, so you should schedule as soon as possible. Regardless of the results of this test, you will be required to take another test 5 days after exposure or a positive result before being eligible to return to volunteering.
  • If you have started showing symptoms, you will need to schedule a PCR test or a rapid test.
  • If you have cold/flu symptoms and have tested COVID negative, you may return to volunteer at Damien Center when you have been 24 hours with no fever and symptoms have subsided.

ISOLATION, QUARANTINE, AND RETESTING
  • Regardless of vaccination status, if you test positive, you must isolate for a minimum of five days after onset of symptoms or testing positive.
  • You should retest on day 5. Rapid tests are acceptable but you should take two at least 36 hours apart.
  • If you tested positive, you are required to retest and receive a negative test before returning to Damien Center.
  • After 5 days, if you do not have a fever and your symptoms have subsided for 24 hours AND you have a negative COVID test, you are cleared to return to volunteering. However, before returning, you must send an update email to your Damien Center staff supervisor and the Volunteer Manager (Tessa Barnard, tbarnard@damien.org) confirming your negative test.
  • You must wear a mask 100% of the time while you are on Damien property until 10 days have passed.
  • After 10 days, you may return to normal masking and testing protocols.
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Damien Center
26 N Arsenal Avenue
Indianapolis
Indiana
United States