Coronavirus – Keeping Geer Village Safe
March 4, 2020
To Staff, Families and Friends of Geer Residents:
Recently a respiratory illness, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has been identified and is spreading globally. There have been instances of community spread in the US but none locally as of yet. This has been widely published in the media and Geer wants to assure you that we are and have been taking precautionary measures to monitor for respiratory illness.
Geer is actively monitoring the latest information available from the CDC, local and state Dept. of Health resources to ensure we have the latest credible information available. This includes webinars and statewide meetings with CT DPH addressing “Outbreaks”. Staff education is being provided for proper procedures for prevention, detection and management of virus and flu.
Below is some current information provided by the CDC:
Symptoms: May be mild to severe and may appear as soon as 2 days to up to 14 days after exposure. Symptoms of respiratory infection, including COVID-19:
• Dry cough
• Shortness of breath
• Other symptoms may include nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, diarrhea
Transmission: COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person by respiratory droplets between people who are in close contact with one another (about 6 feet). Virus can be shed for 12 days or longer after symptom onset. While there is no evidence for spread from surfaces to persons, when touching their own mouth, eyes or nose this may also be a possible mechanism of transmission. This is very similar to how the common cold and influenza are spread.
Prevention: The CDC recommends the same general strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in long term care facilities that we use to prevent the spread of other respiratory viruses like influenza and common cold:
- Please do not visit if you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath.
- Please do not visit (regardless of illness present) if you have a known exposure to someone with COVID-19.
- Please do not visit if you have recently traveled to areas with COVID-19 transmission (currently China, Iran, S. Korea, Italy, Japan).
- Please clean your hands after arriving and before visiting your family or friend.
- Wash your hands frequently. Be sure to wash hands after being in public places. Wash for 20 seconds with soap and water. If you do not have access to soap and water use an alcohol based (at least 60%) hand sanitizer.
- Always cover your cough with your sleeve or a tissue then dispose of tissue. Always wash your hands or use sanitizer after coughing or sneezing.
- If you are ill please use alternate ways to visit such as Skype, phone calls or email.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
- Staff will frequently clean commonly touched surfaces with disinfectant (Cavi wipes).
*CT Department of Health recommends stay home if you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school and errands. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Also avoid close contact with those who are sick.