Coronavirus Response

April 28th, 2020

We had been hoping that by April 30th, the situation with the pandemic might have changed and we could be looking at going back to some of our normal practices. Unfortunately, we are not quite there yet. Although the total number of COVID-19 cases in Brookings County is still fairly low, our county was designated this week as having substantial community spread of the coronavirus. This is because of the number of people with COVID-19 in our county who contracted the virus from an undetermined source in the community. Because of the continued need for the safety of the people we serve, the ADVANCE Board of Directors and our leadership staff do not think that we can stop this practice yet. We are going to continue our preventative practices of not allowing conventional visits inside our group homes, as well as returns from family visits, for at least another week, with this being evaluated on a weekly basis. Based on what is being recommended by our city, state, and federal officials, we will determine when, and to what degree, changes can be made to our current practices.

Although visitors within our group homes are not possible at this time, now that the weather is getting warmer, families and guardians can call our staff and arrange a time for an outside patio visit. These visits must be non-contact and follow social distancing guidelines of being at least six feet apart, but they are another option.

In addition, we are going to start requiring our staff to wear cloth masks during their shifts as another safety precaution. We hope that by requiring them to wear masks, as well as continuing with the other preventative practices we have implemented, that our chances of having someone contract COVID-19 within our agency are further reduced

March 16th, 2020

ADVANCE is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for both our staff and the people we support. As such, we have been closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and have put measures in place to protect all stakeholders within our agency. We implemented a variety of guidelines on March 3rd aimed at preventing the spread of illness. Due to the current state of emergency in our state, we have implemented additional measures until further notice to keep people safe and prevent them from coming in contact with the coronavirus:

  • We are limiting unnecessary travel in the community.
  • Visitors will not be allowed in our facilities at this time. Family members and delivery drivers should call ahead or ring the doorbell and staff will assist you.
  • The number of people doing work and other activities at our main Division Avenue building has been limited. As of Monday, March 23rd, only people necessary to meet our assembly-work orders will be coming to our main building.

Emails with more detailed information will be sent to family members as needed. If we do not have your email address, please email it to

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and take actions as necessary to keep our employees and the people we support safe. If you have any questions, contact us at 692-7852. Stay healthy everyone!