With the many recent news stories regarding COVID-19, also referred to as coronavirus, we want you to be aware that at Kingsway Community our number one priority is always the safety and well-being of those in our care. For the past several weeks we have been monitoring the situation very closely and want you to know that we have a robust infection control and prevention plan in place. We also want you to know that we do not have any suspected or confirmed cases of this virus.
This prevention and control strategy employs the same preventative efforts our staff rigorously follow every day in order to detect and prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like coronavirus, influenza, and other viral diseases.
Infection control and prevention includes keeping all areas as clean and sanitized as possible to prevent the spread of germs. This includes using tools like Clorox® Total 360® System electrostatic sprayers, EPA-approved disinfectants and rigorous adherence to proper cleaning techniques. Every staff member is trained to prevent the spread of germs as they go through their daily tasks, and we require all staff who are sick to remain at home when experiencing any symptoms of illness.
Similarly, we have policies and practices in place regarding our residents. Care teams employ extra infection control measures when any illness is detected. We limit non-essential activities, notify families, and take extra steps to manage visitors who might be at higher risk of exposure from the broader community. As prevention is the foundation of the plan, we require that visitors who are experiencing symptoms or who have traveled to areas with known outbreaks, in or outside of the country, to not have direct contact with our residents.
As always, we will continue to closely monitor and follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with state and local health authorities. We encourage you to do what you can to help. Protect yourself and your family by following these preventative practices:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Heavily soiled hands should be washed.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The health and safety of our residents is our highest priority and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to help prevent the spread of illness. To learn more please visit the CDC.gov and the New York State Department of Health.