With the prevalence of COVID-19, we are all at high risk for exposer.
Please remember how important it is to protect ourselves and families and serve as role models in our communities. Wear a face mask properly (covering your nose and mouth) and watch your distance – six feet apart whether you have on a mask on or not. Wash your hands at work and at home to protect yourself and for your entire family and watch for symptoms. Our diligence in continuing these practices will keep our patients, our community and each other safe
All staff should continue to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19,
including:\ Fever (temperature > or = 100F), shaking/chills, loss of taste/smell, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, new or worsened congestion, body/muscle aches, headaches, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting and/or rash. For symptoms like congestion or headaches that can have multiple causes, you should be vigilant for anything that is new, worsened, different, or unexplained.
If you are sick, do not report to work. Remain at home and call your supervisor for further information
PROTECTING YOURSELF AND YOUR COLLEAGUES:
· Continue to take precautions outside of clinical areas.
· Be particularly careful in break rooms, workrooms, and other common areas.
· Do not eat with others unless you can maintain at least 6 feet separation; smaller groups are safer. Please eat at larger tables in the cafeteria with spacing, consider outdoor seating, or space out break times to maintain social distancing.
· If you are in a public or shared space, wear your mask at all times.
· Participate in daily wellness checks when you arrive at work. While not everyone with COVID-19 has signs or symptoms of infection, this daily self-check can help to minimize people coming to work while ill, and to keep our patients and each other safe from COVID-19 and other transmissible illnesses.
Do not let your guard down away from work!
· Remind everyone in your household (spouse, significant other, children, child care provider, roommates, and extended family) of their shared responsibility to protect each other—including you. Your biggest risk factor for acquiring COVID-19 is having a member of your household develop COVID-19 infection.
· If you travel to and from work by mass-transit or carpool with co-workers not in your household, wear a mask.
· Wear your mask when out in public, maintain social distancing, avoid large gatherings, avoid indoor restaurants, bars, and clubs, and always practice frequent hand hygiene. Unless you are certain that everyone will be wearing a mask, wear a procedure mask rather than a cloth mask. Procedure masks are readily available in pharmacies and other retail stores
Remember, by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and using infection prevention practices such as washing your hands and avoiding touching your face or mask, you are doing your part to protect yourself, our staff, patients and community. You are also helping model the right behaviors and serving as ambassadors in the community.
Below are some resources for COVID-19 Testing.