November 10, 2021
LCSC Update - A return to masking when visiting LCSC
With the increased number of positive COVID-19 cases in Otter Tail County, Lakes Country Service Cooperative will follow guidance from the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health and require that people, both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated, continue to wear a well-fitted mask when visiting the facility for meetings and events.
Thank you for helping to keep our staff, members, and guests safe and preventing the spread of this virus.
June 21, 2021
LCSC Update - Open to the Public & Hosting Events
As of June 21st, of 2021, LCSC is open to the public, hosting events, and has returned to pre-COVID policies and procedures. If LCSC staff and agency guests are vaccinated, there is no need to wear masks or utilize PPE equipment unless you choose to do so. Of course, we encourage you to be safe, maintain distancing for the convenience of others when appropriate. Thank you all for keeping our staff, members and guests safe throughout the pandemic.
March 15, 2021
LCSC Update - Continuing to Follow Protocals
For the next few months, you won’t see much change in our plan. In all of our worksites, we will continue to require masks and distancing when in groups. We will continue to follow our protocols with spacing and barriers at the LCSC Fergus Falls office. One change is that we are now able to allow larger groups in our conference room and classroom. Under the relaxed guidance we are able to bring in up to 38 people in our Conference room and up to 20 in our Classroom.
We know it has been a long and often overwhelming year and our continued vigilance in preventing spread of the virus is still important and appreciated.
November 18, 2020
LCSC Update - We Do Not Plan to Close Our Offices at this Time
As we continue to see the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases rise in our region, schools have begun shifting to distance learning models. Navigating these uncertain times means adapting to rapidly changing situations. At this time, LCSC does not plan to close our offices or our educational programs, and are working diligently to prepare program-specific plans in the event we need to shift back into remote-based working and teaching.
Each department is reexamining their distancing practices. We ask that everyone within our building continues to practice safe distancing, wears a face-covering (around others at all times), stands behind barriers, washes their hands frequently, sanitizes workstations, and, most importantly, stays home when ill or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
The uncertainty of these times does not come without challenges both seen and unseen. We know this pandemic has been difficult on all of us in unique and specific ways, and we want to thank our staff for showing up each day and giving their best.
July 23, 2020
LCSC Update - Extension of Current Plan through Labor Day
While continuing to follow government and health guidelines, as well as keep the health and safety of our employees at the center of our decisions, we would like to inform you that LCSC will be extending the current plan through Labor Day; Monday, September 7th of 2020.
Our internal LCSC COVID-19 Preparedness Plan will be extended; This plan was developed to establish and explain the policies, practices and conditions necessary to meet all guidelines in place and protect the health and well-being of our employees.
Governor Walz has issued Executive Order 20-81 which requires face coverings in all public indoor spaces and businesses unless alone. Our plan is in compliance with this order. The Department of Health has provided guidance on when and where face masks are required, who is exempted and what types of face coverings should be used.
We will continue to provide updates promptly as news arrives.
Enjoy the summer weather and stay healthy.
June 4, 2020
LCSC Update - Building Open to Limited Staff and Pre-Booked Meetings of 10 People Max
LCSC has composed a detailed plan containing procedures and guidelines for a safe return to work and the meetings taking place at LCSC. The plan was designed not only in accommodation with government and health guidelines, but also with our main goals in mind; the health and safety of our employees, community, visitors and members. A few of the LCSC building guidelines are as follows;
- LCSC is limiting the amount of staff within the building by alternating employees' in-office work schedules.
- LCSC asks that you stay home if you or any household members are experiencing any signs of illness.
- Entry and Exit of the LCSC building are via the main East entrance only.
- Washing hands should be completed before and after entering the building, as well as often throughout your time here.
- Employees and visitors are required to wear non-medical grade face coverings (masks) when in common areas of the building or where there are more than two people gathered.
- Maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet between yourself and others as much as possible.
- Employees, members and guests will not gather in groups of more than 10 people.
We hope that the precautionary and protective measures we are taking to provide a safe and healthy workplace for our employees and visitors during our soft opening provides some comfort in this time of uncertainly.
May 1, 2020
LCSC Update - Building Closed Throughout Month of May
Within Governor Walz’ most recent address, he announced that starting Monday, May 4th customer-facing retail will be open for curbside-pickup and delivery. In addition, Governor Walz has extended the stay-at-home order until May 18th. He stated that we cannot eliminate COVID-19 without a vaccine, however, we can slow the spread and lessen the burden of healthcare facilities and workers by staying home and practicing social distancing when performing essential duties.
As we have stated on numerous occasions, the health of our team, their families, our members and community is of the utmost importance to Lakes Country Service Cooperative. As a result, our office will remain closed to the public throughout the month of May and LCSC employees are encouraged to continue their work remotely.
Continue to visit the LCSC website for further updates. Be safe and well.
April 9, 2020
Governor Walz' "Stay At Home" order that was announced to combat the growing COVID-19 pandemic will continue to be in effect at LCSC. In response to his decree on April 8th, we are extending the closure of LCSC's buildings through May 4th. According to Governor Walz, staying at home and social distancing through May 4th will not only continue to pay off, but will also buy Minnesota more time to gather the supplies and resources needed before the anticipated peak. Our staff is well prepared for this extension and feel we are well positioned to continue our services while working remotely. Please continue to check back here for further news and updates regarding LCSC's response to COVID-19.
March 26, 2020
The "Stay At Home" order in which Governor Walz announced to combat the growing COVID-19 pandemic will take effect Friday, March 27th through Friday, April 10th. In response to this decree, we are extending the closure of LCSC's buildings through April 10th. We are fortunate in that the planning period and steps taken thus far have prepared us to continue serving our members while allowing our staff to continue their work remotely. Our priorities and goals remain and we will continue to support our staff, members and community. Please continue to check back here for further news and updates regarding LCSC's response to COVID-19.
March 20, 2020
As our communities continue to feel the increasing impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we feel it is important to provide an update regarding LCSC operations.
Effective Friday, March 20th at noon through Monday, April 6th, the LCSC buildings will be closed to the public in response to COVID-19. Our daily operations and service to members will continue, however we are encouraging our staff to carry out their work responsibilities remotely. We feel this decision is best for the well-being of our staff and community. Please note:
- Events and workshops scheduled to take place within the LCSC meeting centers have been transitioned to take place virtually, were cancelled, or will be postponed until further notice.
- Daily office functions that require on-site staffing will proceed.
- Whether working off-site, or at the LCSC building, our staff remains available for the continuation of service and support to our members.
We understand that these are uncertain times and we thank you for being flexible and adaptive as we navigate this together. We will continue to review potential challenges and adjust our plans in a prompt and timely manner, providing updates whenever we are able. As always, the well-being of our staff, members and community is our number one priority.
On behalf of our staff, we thank you for your patience and value the trust that you have placed in LCSC and our services. We will continue to do whatever we can to support your current and future needs – in ways that are both new and familiar.
Stay safe and healthy.
The LCSC Team