As COVID-19 cases are on the rise in the state, we would like to remind you about the importance of being extra vigilant when providing services to clients, including washing hands regularly, wearing surgical masks, maintaining distance when possible, and using other precautions.
Here are a couple of resources containing helpful information for Home Care Workers from the Health District:
A workers must:
- Stay home when sick. Notify employer when suspected or confirmed as COVID positive.
- Inform supervisor if there is a sick family member at home with COVID-19. If a worker has a family member sick with COVID-19, that worker must follow the isolation/quarantine requirements as established by the State Department of Health.
- Before reporting to work, call ahead and ask if the person you are providing care to is experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath that is new to them. If so, consider whether services can be delayed or follow precautions listed in the COVID-19 Home Care Guidance document.
- Maintain minimum six-foot separation between yourself and others in the home whenever possible. When physical distancing is not feasible for a specific task, other prevention measures are to be used such as use of cloth face coverings and PPE.
- Wash hands frequently, at the beginning and end of your shift and before and after preparing food or coming into contact with body fluids. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching surfaces or objects within the home as much as possible. Wash down frequently touched surfaces while working.