COVID-19 CFSNY HUMAN RESOURCE FAQs

Coronavirus Protocols:

We know that many of you have questions about the coronavirus. We continue to review official communication from government sources so that we can pass along the latest information. The health and safety of the individuals we support and staff are a priority. As we monitor the situation, we request that you follow the recommended protocols listed below.

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Get your flu shot – it is never too late.
  • Stay home if you are feeling sick. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms.

CDC Information

New York Resources

New Jersey Resources

  • New Jersey Department of Health: Coronavirus Hotline 1-800-222-1222
  • NJ has a link that allows you to connect with your local health department– http://localhealth.nj.gov

Environmental Protection Agency Resources:

OPWDD Guidance

  • IRAs, CRs and Private Schools must post signage notifying the public of the suspension of visitation in all facility entrances and in parking lots. In addition, these policies should be posted to the facility’s website and social media pages.

As you know this is a rapidly evolving situation. Please check the New York State Department of Health (DOH) Novel Coronavirus webpage for frequent updates.

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WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.

HOW DOES COVID-19 SPREAD?

Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands • between people who are in close contact with one another when an infected person coughs or sneezes • by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

Fever (100.4F) • cough • shortness of breath

HOW CAN I HELP PROTECT MYSELF?

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available

IF YOU ARE SICK, TO KEEP FROM SPREADING RESPIRATORY ILLNESS TO OTHERS, YOU SHOULD:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

PREVENT THE SPREAD OF GERMS WITHIN EACH HOME:

  • Observe standard Universal Precautions as trained
  • Monitor individuals at least once per shift; notify nurse or designated staff if the individual show symptoms fever; cough; shortness of breath
  • Encourage individual to… • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw tissue in the trash.
  • Wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer
  • Stay home when showing signs of illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath)
  • Stay in their room—if they must leave the room, encourage them to wear a facemask (if tolerated)
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS – UPDATED INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE

  • Direct Support Professionals are essential and integral employees to Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)’s provision of services, and that is especially true during this public health emergency. OPWDD has remained in close consultation with our partners at the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Education Department, as well as with those at the federal and local level, to ensure the health and safety of all staff.

    In guidance issued by the NYS Education Department, found at: Additional Guidance on Statewide School Closures Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in New York State – March 17, 2020, DSP’s are classified as essential health care workers:

    “Essential health care workers may include licensed health professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs and nurse assistants or laboratory personnel and direct support professionals. First responders may include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, and firefighters.”

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