Weekly COVID-19 Update & Current Recommendations

We have been closely monitoring the guidance, recommendations, and policy changes surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. You have received numerous emails from us over the past several days related to screening for COVID-19 and the changes being implemented by facilities in Kansas and Missouri.

As of March 18, 2020 the following recommendations are being made by the CDC. If you are a close contact (close contact is defined as someone who has been closer than 6 feet for more than 10 minutes while the person is symptomatic) of someone with COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested. Keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill are able to isolate at home.

As a preventive measure to lessen the potential spread of COVID-19 we encourage all employees to check their temperature, if possible, prior to going to work and notify CareStaf if your temperature is 100.4 degrees F or higher.

For people who are ill with COVID-19, but are not sick enough to be hospitalized, please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others.

  • Stay home except to get medical care

  • Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation

  • Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes

  • Clean your hands often

  • Avoid sharing personal household items

  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday

  • Monitor your symptoms

People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness and follow the same guidelines above.

Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

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