The safety and well-being of our residents and team members are our first priority. We are taking necessary precautions to help keep our community members protected during cold and flu season.
We are closely monitoring and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and other health and government officials.
Our protocols, following any signs of illness or an outbreak, include immediately contacting the local health department and working together to help protect the safety of our residents and teams.
We are instructing team members and visitors to refrain from coming to the home if they’re experiencing symptoms of illness. None of our team members have traveled to countries/locations with Level 1, 2 OR 3 active virus spread. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
We are also reviewing our emergency preparedness procedures, which includes ensuring we have necessary supplies and plans for staffing.
We are ensuring the highest standards are being followed in the implementation of our Infection Control & Prevention Program including frequent hand-washing, cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces and other recommended hygiene measures.
Here are the most common symptoms of the virus:
Hoaxes, lies and junk science about the virus started as soon as the earliest cases were reported. When reading about the virus, look for trustworthy national and international sites such as the CDC, NIH, FDA or the World Health Organization. Trustworthy local links are listed below:
If you develop a fever or other flu-like symptoms, call your health-care provider immediately and inform your supervisor. Follow the advice of your healthcare provider.
According to the CDC, while the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat by doing the following:
Do not panic. Be prepared.
Wash your hands. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your cough. When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash your hands.
Avoid close contact with anyone with fever and cough.
Seek medical help immediately if you develop symptoms.