Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has created a rapidly evolving environment across the globe where the World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared an international pandemic. Additionally, on 12th March 2020, Governor Northam declared a state of emergency in Virginia.
CDC reports that coronaviruses reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness which can be classified as below:
Initial symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure which include
3) Shortness of Breath
Severe illness symptoms need emergency care and includes:
1) Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
2) Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
3) New confusion or inability to arouse
4) Bluish lips or face
Yours Truly is actively monitoring the situation and implementing the various guidelines provided by Centre for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) that creates a safe environment for our clients and workers.
Following actions or advisory have been issued to our workers/ care aides/ LPNs:
• Minimize social contact: We have advised our employees (care aides and nurses) to minimize social contact and avoid coming to the office for submitting the time sheets and / or picking of their pay checks. Instead, we are requesting them to either mail us a copy of their time sheets or drop it off on the drop-box in-front of the office. For pay checks, we are mailing those on Friday every week. Both moves are pre-cautionary and minimizes the need for our employees to be in a busy environment at our office.
• Coughing & sneezing etiquette: While all the employees are careful about these etiquettes, we have re-iterated the need to cover one’s mouth and nose with a tissue during cough or sneeze. If someone doesn’t have a tissue, one should cough or sneeze into their upper sleeve, not their hands.
• Enhance hygiene: We have created more awareness with our employees to frequent hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, we have advised to use alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60-95% alcohol. Equally importantly, one should avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hand.
• Ensure that adequate supplies are maintained: We have additional supplies of hand gloves and tissues that should further enable create a more hygienic work environment.
COVID -19 Testing
As per latest guideline on testing for COVID-19 by Virginia Department of Health (VDH) healthcare worker or first responder with fever or signs/symptoms of a lower respiratory illness have the first priority for testing. This priority system is created due to limited number of testing equipment.
Importantly, we would like to confirm that Medicaid is covering testing and treatment for COVID-19 and variety of services like telehealth, a 90-day supply of many routine prescriptions. More information is available at Virginia Medicaid. Lastly, the following are valuable resources for current information regarding COVID-19
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Protect yourself & others
• Virginia Department of Health: FAQ's about Covid-19 testing
We care for the wellbeing of everyone, especially our clients and employees. If you feel you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or you may have been exposed to this virus, please contact your physician and inform your aide/ nurse immediately.
Also, we would encourage you to call us at 804-715-4075 and/ or fill up the form below