Capital Caring Health: COVID-19 Update – As of March 12, 2020

The coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak continues to evolve rapidly, both globally and locally. In keeping with our Core Values, the safety of our staff and the quality of care we provide to our patients remain the two most important priorities at Capital Caring Health.

The Capital Caring Health Incident Command Center Team is taking steps to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, patients and family members.

The following new guidelines are now in effect as of March 12, 2020, at Capital Caring Health.

Patient Care

  • Capital Caring Health is following guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has developed a comprehensive plan to maintain the safety of our staff while ensuring that we continue to provide the patients and their families with advanced illness care of the highest quality.
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Visitation to Inpatient Units 

  • Visitors will continue to be screened before entering any of our inpatient units.

Meetings at Neighborhood & Corporate Offices

  • Onsite meetings with vendors and other guests are discontinued; meetings should be conducted by teleconference or virtually (e.g. Skype) until further notice.

Chaplain, Grief Counselor and Social Worker Home and Facility Visits

  • In most cases, Chaplain, Grief Counselor and Social Worker visits will be conducted virtually.
  • If there is an urgent need for an on-site visit, caregivers should call 703-538-2066.

Grief Support Classes

  • Scheduled in-person support groups/workshops are suspended until further notice.
  • We will continue to provide individual grief support. However, grief counseling services will take place via the telephone until further notice.

Volunteer Services

  • All in-person volunteer services are suspended until further notice.
  • Volunteers who make Tuck-In Calls will make the call from their own homes in accordance with HIPAA regulations and guidance from their Community and Volunteer Engagement Manager.

Staying Informed

  • We are continuing to monitor this rapidly evolving situation, and our team has developed a comprehensive response plan to help maintain the safety and well-being of our employees, patients, families, and volunteers.

We will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves. Please refer to CDC resources below for additional updates.

COVID-19 Resources

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Capital Caring Health: COVID-19 Update – As of March 5, 2020

Capital Caring Health is working diligently to protect and educate our staff, volunteers, patients and families regarding COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus 2019.

We are continually monitoring the current situation in the United States and in our specific care areas. Capital Caring Health will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

How does COVID-19 Spread?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

Where can I find more information and recommendations about COVID-19?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website has a page dedicated to COVID-19.  Other sources of information are the World Health Organization and state and local health departments.

What are the recommended ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

  • Wash your hands. Using soap and water for at least 20 seconds is recommended, but hand sanitizer with at least 60%-95% alcohol is also sufficient.  Be sure to wash all surfaces of your hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Individuals who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).
  • Practice respiratory hygiene.  Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Put your used tissue in a waste basket.  If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning.  Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs, using disposable wipes. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.
  • Avoid close contact with other people who are sick.

Stay informed

The CDC has the most current information about the virus, including everything you need to know about how the virus spreads, how it’s treated, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you get sick. Stay on top of the latest by visiting the CDC website, which is being updated frequently.

You can also learn how your state’s department of public health is responding to the situation by visiting the website for the state where you live. Click here for a list of the State Departments of Public Health.