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Dear AHF Employees,

In order for our workplace to be as safe as possible a number of policies are in effect including the need for employees to be screened for fever daily and to answer questions to determine if they may have Covid-19.

  • If the employees temperature is above 99.9, or they answered yes to any question on the Wellness Form, a Covid-19 exposure formstack, https://aidshealthorg.formstack.com/forms/covid_exposure_form, must be filled out by the HCC director or their designate, or the persons manager. If this is not possible, the employee should fill out the formstack themselves.  The employee should not be allowed to return to the workplace till cleared by the Covid Response Team (CRT).
  • Any employee who has confirmed or presumptive Covid-19 as well as exposure will be evaluated by the CRT to determine if quarantine or isolation is required.
  • An employee with a contact who has confirmed or presumptive Covid-19 infected person, needs to submit a Covid formstack..

If a patient/client with confirmed or presumptive Covid-19 has visited your workplace, it is particularly important to report such exposures if one or more of your employees had an interaction with the patient/client that was more-than-brief (< 10 minute) or if either was not masked.

INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL COMMITTEE ADVISORY

AHF Employees, 

The Covid-19 pandemic involves the entire world including the US.  At times different locations are involved to differing degrees, but the illness is everywhere.  Because of this, all employees must take appropriate steps to protect our clients, other employees and themselves.

What is AHF doing?

A Covid-19 response team (CRT), with representatives of multiple departments, meets often to monitor the situation and respond as required.  They have developed policies and procedures that are designed to minimize risk for clients and employees.

Each facility has a designated infection prevention and control officer to monitor and enforce Covid-19 related issues. Patient and employee Covid-19 screening is required in all AHF facilities. Each employee must fill out a wellness form daily.

Any employee who has a positive screening, or exposure to Covid-19, must then fill out an exposure form, https://aidshealthorg.formstack.com/forms/covid_exposure_form , to be reviewed by a member of the CRT to determine if they can remain at work.

The departments of medicine and nursing have communicated and will continue to communicate with HCC clinical leadership (Medical Directors, Nurse Managers) for implementation of the screening procedures and response to persons at risk.

What should you do?

Do not come to work if you have any symptoms of Covid-19. Instead submit an exposure form and notify your manager, https://aidshealthorg.formstack.com/forms/covid_exposure_form, which will be reviewed by a member of the CRT to determine next steps as they relate to coming to work.

It is critically important that all employees follow the requirements for the use of personal protective equipment, including masks, washing hands and surface cleaning.  Since about half of people with Covid-19 have minimal or no symptoms but are infectious, screening does not identify all infectious people.  The use of PPE markedly decreases the risk of becoming infected.

Many infections occur outside of work so precautions should be used at all times.  Various locations have different requirements; however, minimizing contact with people including gatherings, especially indoors, decreases the chance of becoming sick, as does wearing a mask that covers the nose and mouth.

How will vaccines change what we do?

Vaccines that help prevent Covid-19 are available.  These vaccines are safe and effective. All employees without a contraindication to Covid-19 vaccination should be vaccinated as soon as they are able to be vaccinated.  Vaccination will prevent most people from becoming ill, and cause those who do get infected to be less likely to have severe disease, which will help end the epidemic for all.

How one acts in the workplace should remain the same even after vaccination.  Personal protection measures need to be maintained.

What should I do to help patients?

  • Communicate calmly
  • Provide factual information
  • Follow the Department of Medicine policies and procedures for screening persons in our healthcare centers
  • Advise patients to notify the HCC prior to arrival if they have symptoms of acute respiratory illness. Care can be arranged to minimize exposure to others and patients can be directed to receive care in the most appropriate locations (home, clinic, hospital)
  • Review use of personal protective equipment and be prepared to assist patients and others with use

What should I do to protect myself?

  • Wear a mask appropriately.
  • Avoid being in contact with another employee for more than 15 minutes and less than 6 feet away. Follow the same rule for patients if possible.
  • Wash hands often.
  • Clean surfaces.
  • Remember most infections occur at home, so consider ways to reduce the chance of infection, such as avoiding multiple people, and wear a mask whenever at risk.
  • Do not come to work or stay at work if you have symptoms of Covid-19 or an exposure. Wait at home while the CRT determines if your symptoms/exposure are high risk.

What if I encounter a situation that I am not sure how to handle?

Contact the CRT [[email protected]] or your supervisor and / or HCC clinical leaders.

What if I want more information?

The Medicine and Nursing Leadership will disseminate more information and modifying processes as needed. Read and respond to COVID-19 emails from Dept of Medicine, Department of Nursing and your Department Director.

The CDC website information page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

What if I want to give information to others including patients?

CDC information flyer can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

IDSA infographic can be found here: https://www.idsociety.org/globalassets/idsa/public-health/IDSA-COVID-19-Four-Things-You-Need-to-Know

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