COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

3/10/2020 - PARCR Admin

Most of you have probably heard much information about the coronavirus or COVID-19. This notice is being sent to inform you that LeadingAge PA has gathered the most relevant and essential tools to prepare our organizations for the possibility of an outbreak. As LeadingAge PA reports, COVID-19 can pose a significant threat to those who become infected. Should the virus spread within the U.S., as it has in other countries, our senior citizens can be disproportionately impacted. Therefore, we need to take precautions.

This is from the LeadingAge website:

What Are Five Things Everyone Can Do?

Like so many of the easily-transmissible diseases and viruses we prepare for every day in our work with older people, everyone can use a few simple reminders:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze.
  • Maintain “social distances” of a few feet near people who show symptoms.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home and get medical attention if you are sick.

More information from LeadingAge PA about COVID-19 and what we can do can be found here. If you have difficulty accessing the links provided here and below, please let me know.

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Updated COVID Resources

With the Coronavirus so prominent in the news, there are multiple new and updated resources and tools to share for health care facilities. The Department of Health (DOH) issued a health care alert updating the information for health care professionals regarding COVID-19, for more information please visit their web page. Likewise, the Office of Long Term Living (OLTL), working closely with Managed Care Organizations (MCO) and the DOH to ensure preparedness, shared an update.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) hosted a webinar “What Clinicians Need to Know to Prepare for COVID-19 in the United States,” on March 5, 2020.

Another informational call on preparedness for COVID-19 was held on March 11, 2020 with the DOH and the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of PA (HAP). This call was specifically for long-term care facilities. It provided status updates and discussed resources, recommendations, and plans.