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Has anyone brought back volunteers that distribute communion? If so, can you please share what safe guards you have put into place to make that happen?
Hello!. I am with University Health System in San Antonio, Texas. We are slowly returning Eucharistic volunteers back.
Did you conduct a reentering orientation and modify their service description?
Director Volunteer Services
University Health System
4502 Medical Drive MS#63-1
San Antonio, Texas 78229
(210) 743-5733 Voice
(210) 743-5730 Main
Our Pastoral Care team is separate from Volunteer Services but they have never stopped the Catholic priests from coming in to do last rites and communion for their members. They have to adhere to our guidelines as far as masking and having covid vaccines but they are not counted as a visitor when they visit a patient. Our guidelines right now will only allow for 1 visitor at a time with the patient but a priest can be in the room with another family member. End of life covid patients can also have their priest and 2 family members.
At Baptist Health Louisville in KY we have not been approved to return volunteers to enter the patient rooms, but special accommodations are made when communion is requested.
This is usually something provided multiple times a week or even daily, but currently a church members from our local parish is providing communion to patients upon request.
We brought them back but have since put on pause again during the Omicron surge. They are required to be fully vaccinated, masked at all times including in the patient's room, and must perform hand hygiene before and after each room. It is still very limited, as many have chosen to not yet return.
We have had Eucharistic volunteers back since August 2020. They need to follow the same protocols as staff: required vaccinations, masking, and hand sanitizing. They do not go into rooms where Covid + patients are; I believe our priest will do those.
I was only able to get them all onboarded; but, no visitation at this time. Community clergy may visit following the ever changing visitor policy.
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