We are closely monitoring the ongoing situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Valle Verde and all HumanGood healthcare teams are keeping track of the latest news and information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local public health department directives. We participated this morning in our County’s Healthcare Partner Coronavirus Preparedness Conference Call, and are continuously adapting our contingency plans to stay prepared.
Actions Valle Verde has taken to address this situation include, but are not limited to:
- Create a process to screen all stakeholders for recent travel and symptoms of illness, as directed by the CDC.
- Screen team members returning from travel, leave of absence, illness, and paid time off (PTO).
- Screen residents returning from travel to China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, and other countries as updated per the CDC.
- Screen guests at community entry points such as concierge desks, dining venues, the campus store, and the bed and breakfast suites.
- If you have a non-symptomatic guest visiting who has been outside the country within the last 30 days, please ask this guest to wear an N95 mask. Masks are available in the Clinic 10:30-12:00 or at the Concierge desk during normal business hours.
2. Purchase and maintain a supply of sanitizing products and an N95 respirator mask for all team members and residents. (NOTE: At this time, an N95 mask is not needed for resident daily use.)
3. Test fit team members in the Village (nurses, housekeepers, etc.) for proper fit of N95 respirator masks, if necessary.
4. Create talking points and educational resources per the CDC to educate team members and residents on COVID-19.
Please keep the following steps recommended by the CDC in mind to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60-95 percent alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing, then immediately discard tissues.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one.
More information can be found on the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.
Your health, security and safety is our highest priority. We will continue to monitor local, state and federal reports, and share more information as it becomes available.
Melissa B. Honig