INFECTION CONTROL PROGRAM
COVID-19 FIELD EMPLOYEE
Safety Tips in Locations with Rioting
If you Unexpectedly Find Yourself in a Crowd When a Riot is Happening:
If you are at Home (or a Client’s Home) and a Riot is Happening Outside:
If you Encounter a Riot When Driving Your car:
We are writing to inform you about Attentive Care’s efforts with regards to the new Coronavirus called 2019 Novel (new) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)/ COVID-19.
Although this is a rapidly evolving situation, based on recent reports, the Coronavirus is not yet actively circulating among New Yorkers at this time. New York State has just confirmed its first positive case of COVID-19 on Sunday 3/1/2020. The patient, a woman in her late 30’s living in Manhattan, contracted the virus while traveling abroad in Iran, and is currently isolated in her home. The patient has respiratory symptoms, but was not in serious condition and has been in a controlled situation since arriving to New York, according to a statement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The state Department of Health has tested 32 people, including 22 outside of New York City. Of those tests, 30 have been negative, with results pending for one test.
The health department advises residents that if they are not in an area where COVID-19 is spreading or if they have not traveled from one of those areas or have not been in close contact with someone who has and is feeling unwell, your chances of getting COVID-19 are currently low.
Attentive Care is closely monitoring the situation and following all guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) & Local county health depts...
Our agency has infectious disease protocols in place and has been focused on preparing supplies and further instructions from the NYS Department of Health if things progress.
Like with all viruses and illnesses, there’s a tremendous reliance on individual precautions. The New York State Department of Health (DOH) recommends the following ways to minimize the spread of all respiratory viruses, including 2019-nCoV:
Clients, clients families or employees who have traveled to known places of interest (China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy, Hong Kong) in the last 14 days should be keenly aware of the need to monitor health conditions, notify your doctor and provide that information to Attentive Care immediately, If they needed to seek medical attention for related symptoms
CDC believes at this time that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.
There is a lot of misinformation out there. It is important that individuals seeking more information should only be using trusted sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO), CDC and NYSDOH. For more information:
New Yorkers with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms, may call 1 (866) 364-3065.
Information on the virus, in English and other languages, may be found online at www.cdc.gov or www.health.ny.gov.
This very serious health matter is being monitored closely and we will continue to share information as it becomes available. Like with all illnesses, there’s a tremendous reliance on individual precautions. Make sure to do your part and wash hands! Cover your mouth, and stay home when you are sick.
Your support and assistance is greatly appreciated. Please feel free to e-mail me with questions at
Caroline Mucci Vyent RN. BS
Infection Control Nursing Supervisor