COVID-19 Coronavirus Information Page

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Update 4/10/2020

Here Matt Auman’s latest video discussing CDC’s Guidance released yesterday.


Update 4/09/2020

The CDC has issued revised guidelines for “Critical Infrastructure Workers” who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with
Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19.  To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, CDC advises that critical infrastructure workers be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.  Please click here to read the CDC bulletin and be sure to discuss with your Clinical Manager.


Update 3/20/2020:

Here is a video update from Matt Auman.


Update 3/27/2020:

Beginning at the end of the day on Friday, March 27, 2020, all child care programs are to be closed.  During this State of Emergency, child care programs have been established by the State to serve only designated essential personnel.  These programs are at no cost to designated essential personnel. Eligible programs may be found by clicking here.


Update 3/25/2020:

HomeCentris Leadership Team recently filmed a video to address several questions we are receiving from our field staff.  Watch our Video Address to our Caregivers and Clinicians


Update 3/23/2020:

As states across the country issue orders to quarantine or shelter in place, HomeCentris and other healthcare companies are continuing to provide services to our patients who need our help.  Please click here to obtain more information and print your Essential Homecare Worker letter.


Update: 3/17/2020:

On March 16th, President Trump issued further guidance on COVID-19, including steps on slowing the spread of the virus.   Please click here to read the Presidential Guidance.

As noted on Page 2, healthcare services is considered a “Critical Infrastructure Industry” which has “… a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”  Please know that HomeCentris is following all CDC guidelines.  Our clients need us to honor our “special responsibility” and remain in place.  As a company, we have limited or denied all visitors to our offices and the few remaining visitors are required to sanitize their hands.  We do not have enclosed spaces with more than 10 people in any of our locations and all of our work stations allow for more than six feet of space between staff members.  Also, since our clients are largely home bound and have been for some time, they are already practicing social distancing and would have had very little opportunity to be exposed to the virus.  That should be good news for our caregivers and clinicians.

Finally, we have secured additional education for caregivers regarding control for COVID-19? Click here to read the materials


Original Post:

As I am sure you are aware, the COVID-19 Coronavirus is making headlines all over the world.  Because we are in healthcare, it is important that we all stay informed and make sure we have the most accurate information possible to protect ourselves and educate our patients.  In the links below, we have complied a summary of Frequently Asked Questions from the Maryland Department of Health and Federal Centers for Disease Control.  In addition, we have attached links to selected HomeCentris policies on infection control.

In general, please be aware of the best ways to avoid becoming infected by the virus.

  1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol for times when hand washing is not available.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick and minimize unnecessary meetings and visitors.
  4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched, commonly-used objects, like door handles, copiers or common office equipment, employee cafeterias and break rooms, and conference tables.
  5. If you are sick or have a family member who is sick and who may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, please stay home and contact your doctor.

Your clinical managers can review this information with you if needed.  At a minimum, please re-educate yourself with our polices on Standard Precautions and Infection Control procedures.

We will continue to keep you informed as situations change.  If you have any questions, please direct them to your clinical manager.

Thank you,

Matt Auman

 

Summary Coronavirus Flyer

Client Information Page Regarding COVID-19

 

More Technical Guidance

COVID Precautions for Caregivers

FAQs for Healthcare Professionals

CDC Guidance to Home Health Agencies 3.11.2020

HomeCentris Home Health Infection Control Policies

MDH Guidance for Home Visiting Staff