COVID-19 Favarh Update #1
Monday, March 9, 2020
To All Caregivers,
Favarh has been closely monitoring the recent developments regarding the outbreak of a coronavirus (COVID-19). Coronavirus, colds, influenza (flu), and other respiratory viruses are spread through the air and by touching contaminated surfaces or objects. Please review the requirements, actions we are taking, and other guidance below:
- Program Participants with Specific Symptoms should stay home: Program Participants who have symptoms of Acute Respiratory Illness should stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), coughing and shortness of breath for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).
- We will Separate Program Participants with Specific Symptoms: The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that individuals who appear to have Acute Respiratory Illness symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to program or become sick during the day should be separated from other people and be sent home immediately.
OTHER ACTIONS WE’RE TAKING AND GUIDANCE FOR YOU:
Respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene Guidelines:
- We are displaying posters that encourage staying home when sick, cough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygiene at a visible locations at each of our facilities.
- Program Participants will be encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water frequently.
- We have ordered extra supplies of tissues, cleaning, and sanitation supplies.
- We are routinely cleaning all “frequently touched surfaces” in our facilities such as bathroom and kitchen surfaces, countertops and doorknobs.
- During this evolving situation, Caregivers are required to notify a Favarh Manager if a Program Participant has plans to travel out of the country. The Favarh Manager should then notify a member of the Favarh Emergency Response Team.
- Favarh will not approve any program related travel outside of CT until further notice.
Additional Measures in Response to COVID-19:
- Program Participants who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify a Favarh Manager and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
- If an employee or a Program Participant is confirmed to have COVID-19, Favarh will inform fellow employees and Caregivers of their possible exposure to COVID-19 at the program.
Please keep alert for regular Caregiver updates in this potentially evolving situation. Check dates at the top of each update to make sure you have the latest information.
Favarh defers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and CT Department of Public Health (DPH) for the most current information, updates and recommendations regarding COVID-19.