At Special Tree, we are always on guard.
The general strategies the CDC recommends to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in care facilities like Special Tree are the same strategies we have always had in place and continue to use every day to detect and prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like influenza. Some of the ways we do this include:
- Using best practices for monitoring infection control
- Training staff on universal precautions and contagious illness prevention
- Providing flu shots
- Tracking client and staff illness
- Enforcing illness related return to work guidelines for staff
- Encouraging hand hygiene and cough etiquette
- Asking visitors to stay away if they have symptoms or illness
- Conducting emergency preparedness drills
- Keeping our facilities clean and sanitized
- and more
Here’s what we’re doing about COVID-19:
The true impact of a COVID-19 outbreak in a U.S. community cannot be predicted. However, we have been taking steps to protect our clients and staff in as many ways as we possibly can. At Special Tree we:
- Have a Watch Team carefully monitoring COVID-19 who are making decisions daily to protect our clients and staff
- Are following the recommendations from the CDC, WHO, and local authorities
- Ramped up our screening protocols for clients and team members, with a higher alert to respiratory symptoms
- Consult frequently with our Respiratory Team, on-site 24/7 at the NeuroCare Campus, for their professional expertise relating to clients who may exhibit respiratory concerns or COVID-19 related symptoms
- Have examined our current policies and procedures around infection control to ensure we are properly prepared should an outbreak occur
- Have carefully reviewed our emergency preparedness and outbreak response plans
- Continue to enforce standard precautions and prevention techniques we already have in place to prevent the spread of illness and disease
What you can do:
- Frequent hand hygiene with hand sanitizer or soap and water, washing for at least 20 seconds.
- Keep work surfaces, linens, dishes, eating utensils and shared equipment clean and disinfected daily.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or use your shoulder if you do not have a tissue.
- Follow the guidelines to stay at home and reduce your interactions in the community as much as possible.
- Refrain from visiting Special Tree locations while we have visitor restrictions in place.
- Get information from reliable sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), the Michigan Department of Health and governing bodies in your city of residence.