The World Health Community continues to monitor closely the emergence of the Coronavirus. (COVID-19) Given the uncertainty and the fact that the virus is widespread, we are taking proactive steps to address the number of concerns. First and foremost, we want to maintain a safe workplace and encourage and adopt practices of protecting the health of employees, residents and visitors. We also want to ensure the continuity of business operations during this pandemic.
We ask all employees to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases in the workplace. Employees are reminded of the following:
- Stay home when you are sick
- Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds
- Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze and discard used tissues in the trash
- Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms
- Clean frequently touched surfaces
It is important that employees DO NOT report to work while they are experiencing respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and body aches. Currently the CDC is recommending employees remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are fever free without use of fever-reducing medications. Employees who report to work ill will be sent home in accordance with these health guidelines.
With the most recent updates and the possibility of nearby schools closing, we urge all employees to strongly consider alternative options for childcare. As an essential health care worker, it is important to remember that your readiness at work is of the upmost importance to provide the highest quality of care to our residents.
At this time, Governor Cuomo has commanded that ONLY medically necessary visits be allowed at nursing homes. This update to our policy will be effective immediately and will remain in place until further notice.
The NYSDOH is also requiring health screenings for all nursing home workers each day when they enter a facility. Additionally, nursing home workers are required to wear surgical masks to guard against any potential asymptomatic spread.
The revised policy includes visits by family members of residents and is designed to protect the health and well-being of our residents and staff. Visitors will only be allowed access to Kirkhaven if deemed medically essential or for end-of-life situations. Visitors granted access are required to go through a screening process upon entering the building and will be required to wear surgical masks and other personal protective equipment as appropriate.
We will continue to monitor this virus and any updates from public health officials. Thank you for your continued cooperation as we work together to ensure the safety of our home and work environment. If you have any questions or concerns, please see your supervisor or Human Resources.
Director of Human Resources and Compliance