By now you have seen media coverage and information provided on the interned regarding the Covid-19 Coronavirus. We want to caution you not to panic, as this is a new strain of the virus we do not yet know a lot about. However, the Center for Disease Control and the Indian State Department of Health have done an excellent job of keeping us up to date on the current situation , and have provided us with the latest statistics and findings. So far, the number of people testing positive for the virus have been low and the symptoms up to this point have proved to be mild.
We are taking aggressive efforts to combat the spread of this virus and to keep our patients, employees, and their families safe.
Education is the key. Below, we have provided links to educational materials to help educate and prepare you on the origin, transmission, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of the COVID-19 virus.
Nursing Supervisors will provide updates from the CDC during during home supervisory visits and will be available to clients and employees to answer any questions or concerns.
All Employees will, or have been already, be trained and in-serviced on all current and future information regarding the origin, transmission, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of the COVID-19 virus. All employees have been informed not to work if ill and to consult their Nursing Supervisor if exhibiting symptoms.
Screening is a very important component in the spread of the virus. Nursing Supervisors will be conducting screenings for each patient during their supervisory visits beginning March 13th. This will include an assessment and review of risk factors, and any area of concern will be communicated to your physician. If needed, your Nursing Supervisor will work directly with you physician and case manager to assist you with treatment or alternate placement (hospital, medical center, etc.).
It is important for you to inform your physician and your Nursing Supervisor of if exhibiting the following symptoms: shortness of breath, dry cough, and fever. The presence of these symptoms alone does not mean you have the COVID-19 virus, but additional testing may be necessary.
Prevention is the most important component, and by providing education to our patients, employees, and their family members helps ensure they understand how the virus is transmitted and the necessary steps that need to be taken in order to keep everyone safe.
We encourage you to avoid close contact with those who are sick and alert any visitors not to enter your home if they are exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
Be prepared. Advantage will make every attempt to prevent disruption in services, but due to the magnitude of this situation, the number of staff members able to provide care could become limited. Family members may need to assist their loved ones with needed care when limited staffing occurs. Alternate placement may need to be considered as an option as well.
Because test kits are not available to us at this time, any employee with symptoms resembling those of the COVID-19 virus will not be permitted to work. The symptoms could be the result of allergies or even a sinus infection. However, since the symptoms are similar to that of COVIS-19 we are treating the situation as if the person has the virus in order to keep are patients, other employees, and their families safe.
Please check back here periodically, as Advantage will continue to add information and educational resources as they surface. Please call with any additional questions or concerns.
Jennifer Heine, RN-Administrator
COVID-19 INFORMATION AND EDUCATION LINKS
- Centers for Disease Control
- CDC Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with COVID-19
- World Health Organization
- Indiana State Department of Health
- ISDH Home Care Infection Control Guidance Concerning COVID-19
- Coronavirus Video
- Symptom Checker
- CDC Germ Poster
- ISDH Infection Prevention
- COVID-19 Preparedness & Risk Mitigation
- Steps to reduce Covid 19 exposure