COVID-19 Preparedness - A note from our Infection Preventionist
With concerns of the novel Coronavirus rapidly evolving, our facility is preparing for the potential of this emerging pathogen.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people, as this new novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 has done.
The outbreak began in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China and had a link to a large seafood and live animal markets, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Later, a growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread. Person-to-person spread was subsequently reported outside Hubei and in countries outside China, including in the United States.
With the nature of this disease in mind, we as a facility are rapidly preparing and focusing our efforts on protecting the people we serve and care for at our facility. With the help of the Tennessee Department of Health and other local resources, we are aware of the current situation and are prepared for the potential of this virus. As the situation evolves, we will continue to prepare further.
As a family member or resident, you can help protect your loved ones and others who reside in our facility. You can partner with us by refraining from visiting our facility if you are experiencing a fever or respiratory symptoms. In addition, we urge all visitors to refrain from visiting our facility if you have traveled to the following areas in the past 14 days: China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea
We also ask that all visitors and residents practice adequate hand hygiene and cough etiquette while in our facility. Hand hygiene can be completed by using the alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water at any washing station. Please wash your hands before and after contact with residents, after contact with contaminated surfaces or equipment, and after removing personal protective equipment (PPE). Regarding cough etiquette, please cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of the tissue after use in the nearest waste receptacle.
If the COVID-19 becomes a greater concern, the Tennessee Department of Health will require a restriction of all visitors in our facility. If this does occur, we ask that you respond with understanding and acceptance in order to protect yourself and all the individuals at our facility.
Thank you for your support and understanding!
Christen Caradine, RN, BSN