In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, RSI has updated and shifted many of our day-to-day practices in an effort to keep our homes, supported individuals, communities, and employees as safe as possible. Most importantly, we have been, and will continue to follow the official guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). 

For additional information on our COVID-19 response, please see below.

RSI’s Preparedness Plan

Our Pandemic Committee, which is made up of heads of departments, our Executive Director, and Director of Health Services has been meeting regularly since February of 2020. The purpose of the group is to share and follow the most up-to-date guidelines coming from the CDC, DHS, and MDH. In addition, the group continues to collect the most essential information to pass along to RSI employees, especially our front-line direct caregivers.

In the event that somebody in an RSI home, either resident or staff person, has a confirmed case of COVID-19, our Pandemic Committee’s continued work in securing resources, determining the best use for existing RSI settings, and disseminating vital information will be a crucial part of our response.

If there is a confirmed case at RSI, we will immediately report it to the Minnesota Department of Health and then get in contact with guardians, case managers, care teams, and anybody who has had potential exposure to the infected individual.

Request a copy of RSI’s Preparedness Plan

To request a digital or physical copy of our company COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, please reach out to us at [email protected] or call us at (218) 740-7603.

RSI’s Vaccine Plan

RSI encourages all employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. There are many benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine. For more information or to sign up go to Minnesota’s Vaccine Connector or

What is being done in homes to keep supported individuals and employees safe?

The safety and health of the people we support and their caregivers is our first priority. Our team of Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses continue to provide oversight and guidance to all direct care staff at RSI. In addition to restricting all non-essential visitors to our homes, employees working in RSI homes are following these practices:

  • All employees are provided with surgical masks, KN95 masks, eye protection, and other PPE and have the option to use any PPE items while working at RSI homes or offices.
  • Employees working in counties with “high” community COVID-19 levels determined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are  required to wear masks while at any RSI home, private in-home setting, and RSI offices.
  • All direct care employees have received “Bloodborne Pathogens and Infection Control” as part of their initial training. In light of COVID-19, employees have received additional training on handwashing, infection control, and RSI’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.

What should I know about visiting RSI homes and offices? 

For the safety of the people we support and our employees, we ask that guests refrain from visiting any RSI homes or offices if they have recently been exposed others who have tested positive for COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, or if they are displaying any of the following symptoms:

    • Oral temperature of 100.4° or higher
    • Chills
    • Cough
    • Sore throat and/or body aches
    • Nasal congestion (runny or stuffed nose)

How is RSI keeping office staff and office visitors safe?

Employees who work out of RSI offices are following the guidelines that have been determined by our Pandemic Committee, including the following practices:

  • Providing hand sanitization stations at all office entrances 
  • Limiting the use of shared common office spaces
  • Some are working from home when feasible
  • Utilizing technology whenever possible to reduce in-person meetings and disinfecting meeting spaces before and after each use
  • Employees working in counties with “high” community COVID-19 levels determined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are  required to wear masks while at any RSI home, private in-home setting, and RSI offices.

What kinds of support is RSI offering to employees at this time?

Providing a range of support to our front-line staff is a crucial part of our pandemic response plan and retention efforts. Most importantly, we continue to share the most relevant and up-to-date information on COVID-19, as well as providing the training and support needed to make our homes as safe as possible for the people who live and work in them.

  • The RSI Board of Directors has permanently increased wages to recognize the essential services our employees provide. In the event that RSI has a home with a positive COVID-19 case, employees working at that location will receive an additional $3.00 per hour pay increase.
  • RSI leadership continues to share information on childcare, community services, Centers of Disease Control recommendations, and other relevant information related to COVID-19 and RSI’s response plan with all employees.
  • We are hosting weekly informational call-in meetings for all office workers, managers, and supervisors that feature our Executive Director, Health Services Director, and other leadership who share up-to-date information about RSI’s response plan.


Contact Us

If you would like to reach out to us with questions, comments, or concerns regarding COVID-19, please feel free to contact us at:

[email protected]

or by phone at (218) 727-2696.