How In It Together RN is responding to the COVID-19 virus
As we are in the midst of the flu season and the unknown of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are asking all of our homes and agencies to be proactive in notifying us ahead of time if clients or caregivers are showing signs and symptoms including cough, fever, body aches and chills. We may determine that the symptoms are such that visits need to be scheduled for later dates. We will also take the same steps to notify you in the event that our nurses are unable to keep appointments due to illness.
In It Together RN is taking precautionary measures, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has released guidelines for employers and businesses to contain the spread of the virus. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our clients, employees, and associates.
Right now, our main focus is prevention. We are acting with an abundance of caution, reinforcing our policies and procedures for contagious illnesses such as influenza with staff. These include reminders about flu vaccines, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, staying home when sick, and taking flu antivirals as prescribed.
If a confirmed case of coronavirus were to occur, we would continue to act in full compliance with the CDC, local and state health authorities.
We would follow the guidelines of the CDC recommendations for confirmed cases in healthcare.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns at 360-989-4393 or email email@example.com. Thank you for your cooperation.
An opinion by a doctor working with COVID-19 patients In Connecticut explains that the variance in how this disease can effect even healthy individuals is causing fear in healthcare workers. This disease can and does kill healthy individuals. He advises continued social distancing so we continue to have the resources available to treat those effected.
Last week we formed a short term relief effort to provide much needed supplies to adult family homes in Clark County Washington. Our initial efforts provided supplies to 15 adult family homes and attracted attention from both the Vancouver Business Journal and The Columbian.
The much needed publicity of the plight of our local AFH’s because of the current COVID-19 situation has brought offers of donations and volunteers as well as additional requests for support.
We are partnering with A Caring Closet, a local 501C non-profit organization to meet even more needs.
Need support? Please email Info@acaringcloset.org to request help
Would you like to donate money toward our efforts? Please make your tax deductible donation at ACaringCloset.org – be sure to mention “COVID-19” when you donate.
Have supplies to help? Supplies can be brought to IITRN at 2912 Main Street Suite 4 Monday – Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM. A no contact drop spot has been created in the main corridor of our office building next to IITRN entrance.
- Paper towels
- Disinfectant and Disinfectant Wipes
- Hand Sanitizer
- Face Masks
Thanks for your support and thank you to providers for caring for our vulnerable during this difficult time. We are all “In It Together”
If you have questions regarding COVID-19 Washington State has established a toll free help line. 1-800-525-0127. A human is available to answer your questions 7 days a week from 6 AM to 10 PM.
Here are a couple of links for up to date info:
The CDC updates the number of confirmed cases daily at noon.
Top Ten Ways To Protect the Public’s Health
- Wash your hands. (You had to know I was going to start there!) Frequently. And don’t touch your face. Don’t panic if you are struggling to find hand sanitizer in the stores. Soap and water will do.
- Cover your cough. There are actual disgusting studies on this! If you don’t cover your cough or sneeze, the droplets can travel up to six feet!
- Stay more than 6 feet away from each other. No hugs, no touching. Maybe greet your friends with a peace sign or, logically, with the Live Long And Prosper hand gesture.
- Disinfect hard surfaces like tables, doorknobs, phones. Coronaviruses like COVID-19 can live on hard surfaces for hours to days. Disinfect them before you touch them again and have to wash your hands again. Then wash your hands again anyway.
- Stay home if you are sick! If you have a fever and cough, stay home until your fever has been gone for 72 hours. Staying home while sick protects our friends and loved ones, some of whom may be at high risk of severe illness.
- Sometimes public health may ask you to limit your travel outside your home—maybe because of your specific exposure or illness, or maybe as part of a request to an entire community. Are you prepared to stay home for 14 days? Do you have enough food to last? Books? Board games? List of interesting, yet non-divisive topics to discuss with your spouse or housemates?
- Consider rescheduling or canceling large community events. If you are planning on holding a large event that involves people who may be at high risk of severe illness, and it is not an essential part of your business, it is reasonable to consider cancelling or rescheduling this event.
- If you do not have symptoms, you can go to work, school, or childcare. Public health has not yet asked any schools or workplaces to close because of COVID-19, although, to protect their people or to clean, some schools and workplaces have made this decision. I never want to stand in the way of a good cleaning!
- Follow international travel advice from CDC. At this point, that means delaying your trip to China or Iran (and maybe South Korea and Italy too!).
- Practice compassion. Avoid jumping to conclusions about people who may cough or sneeze at work. It is cold and flu season and people have allergies. Don’t grill your friends about their health conditions; instead, show them your support by offering them water or a tissue.
Lauren Jenks, MPH, CHES
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Community Engagement Task Force—COVID-19