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Zepf Update on Corona Virus

 Zepf Center offers the following guidance on the Corona Virus (Covid-19) and is addressing the outbreak in the following ways:

Take care of your health and protect others by taking the following precautions from the Centers for Disease Control:

(1)   Employee best practices and hygiene etiquette

Hygiene etiquette involves practices that prevent the spread of illness and disease. A critical time to practice good hygiene etiquette is when you are sick, especially when coughing or sneezing. Serious respiratory illnesses are spread by:

  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Unclean hands
    • Touching your face after touching contaminated objects
    • Touching objects after contaminating your hands

To help stop the spread of germs:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put your used tissue in a waste basket.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.

Remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing:

  • Wash with soap and water, or
  • Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. If clean, running water is not accessible, as is common in many parts of the world, use soap and available water. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands. *Rub the sanitizer into hands until it dries!

Cough etiquette is especially important for infection control measures in healthcare settings, such as ours. More information on respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette in healthcare settings may be found on CDC’s seasonal flu pages.

(2)  Facilities Preparedness

Our facilities department has purchased extra of the following: masks for symptomatic people; additional Sanitizer; wipes/disinfectant spray for distribution across agency; printed signage and will post across facilities to direct people to use the sanitizer; and additional risk mitigation & a higher level of sanitizing by our cleaning staff and cleaning contractors. Additionally, we are working with our contractor to identify industrial disinfectant appropriate for this environment.

 ***Every facilitator or group leader must wipe down spaces before and after meetings. Start each meeting with a reminder about covering sneezes coughs, etc. It is our social responsibility to step up and wipe down surfaces and other frequently-used areas. Please submit a work order at facilities@zepfcenter.org if your meeting area is without disinfectant wipes ***

 (3)  Patient-Related Response

The medical teams are assembled for our essential operations. We will continue to communicate through supervisors all essential steps we are taking to protect staff and patients in our residential services.

(4)  Do you have travel plans in the near future?

  • Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps:
    • Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Specific travel information for travelers going to and returning from China or other at-risk countries can be found at on the CDC website.
    • Advise employees to check themselves for symptoms of acute respiratory illness before starting travel and notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
    • Ensure employees who become sick while traveling or on temporary assignment understand that they should notify their supervisor and should promptly call a healthcare provider for advice if needed.
    • If outside the United States, sick employees should follow your company’s policy for obtaining medical care or contact a healthcare provider or overseas medical assistance company to assist them with finding an appropriate healthcare provider in that country. A U.S. consular officer can help locate healthcare services. However, U.S. embassies, consulates, and military facilities do not have the legal authority, capability, and resources to evacuate or give medicines, vaccines, or medical care to private U.S. citizens overseas.

External Resources: 

  • Tips for dealing with the emotional stress of a disaster or traumatic event.
    Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event  - Link
     
  • How to deal with metal toll of social distancing, quarantine, or isolation. 
    Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation  - Link
     
  • Tips for dealing with the stress that comes with an outbreak of infectious disease.
    Coping with Stress During an Infectious Disease Outbreak - Link

 

 

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