For the safety of our residents, staff will be required to wear masks and maintain 6-foot social distancing with clients, visitors, and other staff when at all possible. Regular hand-washing or hand sanitizer use is also required. Staff will fill out a screening form at the beginning of their shift, report to their supervisors, and will not work a shift if they are showing symptoms, have a fever, or the answers on the screening form indicate a possible infection.
Staff will wear full PPE if the cottage is on quarantine due to exposure or if there is a positive case in the cottage. Staff will also sanitize all hard surfaces of the cottage at a minimum once per day.
We continue to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for changes in guidelines and updates relative to COVID-19. In a recent discussion, we reviewed the quarantine options and the following changes are effective immediately:
Quarantine can end after day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring
Quarantine can end after 7 days if there are negative test results and no symptoms are reported during daily monitoring. The specimen collected and tested must be within 48 hours of the planned quarantine.
In both cases, employees must continue with daily symptom monitoring and masking through day 14.