Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
How the virus spreads:
According to the CDC, the virus is now spreading from person to person mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
The CDC recommends taking precautions to prevent the spread of diseases:
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Routinely clean and disinfect object and surfaces
If you are sick or at risk:
- Use a face mask a to avoid spreading to others
- Stay at home avoid other people
The following are some of the protocols and procedures we have in place.
- Our staff is trained in infectious disease control.
- Our caregivers should not care for those who exhibit signs of or have been tested positive for the virus as a safekeeping measure for themselves and for their other clients and families.
- Our caregivers have an established protocol to stay home if they are ill with any sickness so as to not infect any of our clients or their family members.
- Our staff follows hygiene procedures directed by the CDC, including vigorous and frequent handwashing with soap and water, use of sanitizing gels (with 70% alcohol level or higher), use of disinfectant wipes to frequently wipe down surfaces, proper coughing and sneezing techniques, disposal of any items that may have virus or bacteria, and much more.
- If any of our staff or their clients should show signs of COVID-19, we will report, isolate and quarantine, as necessary, abiding by national and local guidelines.
- keep seniors safe in their own homes by promoting social distancing.
- Caregivers can pick up medications, groceries, and anything else a senior needs, minimizing their interaction with large groups of people.
We will not place any caregiver with a client for a minimum of 14 days or until cleared by a medical provider if they have:
- Been exposed to a facility where COVID- 19 is being treated
- Traveled to a location on the CDC advisory list in the past two months
- Started showing symptoms of the illness
- We will not place any caregiver who has symptoms of illness on assignment or accept new clients who demonstrate symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or who have traveled to Level 1-3 areas in the most recent 14 days.