The Warren-Washington CARE Center’s Response to the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic.
Over the past few months we have made several amendments to our daily operation. We made this decision with an abundance of caution regarding the health and safety of staff and the community we serve.
Our overall objectives include:
- Continued prioritization of high risk cases
- Support of MDT partners’ regulations
- Reduction of traffic into the building
- Reduction of interpersonal contact within the building
- Reduction of interpersonal contact while executing public outreach events and training.
With these objectives in mind, we have implemented the following, effective immediately:
Screening of all visitors
- All visitors will be asked the following questions before entering:
- Have you or someone you had recent physical contact with had a fever in the last 14 days? Do you feel feverish right now?
- Have you or someone you have had recent physical contact with experienced a cough, chills, muscle or body aches, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, sore throat, congestion /runny nose, loss of taste or smell?
- Have you had direct contact with anyone with a laboratory-confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19?
- Have you or someone you had recent physical contact with traveled out of the country or to any of the restricted states in the last 14 days?
- Anyone who responds yes to any of the screening questions will not be allowed to enter the building. Alternative arrangements will be made to reschedule services following medical clearance.
- Masks must be worn at all times while in the building.
Entry into the Building
All C.A.R.E. visitors, staff, and MDT members must:
- Wear a face mask or appropriate face-covering while in the presence of a C.A.C. representative. Entry to the building will not be permitted without a face mask. To learn more about proper mask usage, click here.
- Wash hands for the C.D.C.’s recommended 20 seconds with soap and water (parents/caregivers must assist young children in hand washing to ensure safety).
- Limit of personal items such as (food, drinks, backpacks, etc.) to reduce the potential transmission of infection.
Management of the Waiting Room
In an effort to reduce the number of people accessing the building, caregivers will be asked to limit the number of people attending a client’s appointment to one adult and the child/children who are receiving services.
The following guidelines also apply:
- Most toys and books are removed from the waiting room to reduce the potential transmission of infection.
- Parents/caregivers and children must wait in the designated waiting area and are not permitted to roam freely around the building
Guidelines for Attending or Hosting Community Events
When representing the C.A.R.E. Center:
- All staff will abide by the New York State guidelines regarding attending or hosting public gatherings.
- All staff will follow New York State mandate on wearing appropriate face masks while interacting with members of the public.
- Staff reserve the right to not participate in an event if they do not feel it is safe to do so.
- When possible, will utilize virtual means to participate and provide outreach in the community.
These guidelines are subject to change or alteration based on the discretion of CAC staff only.
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