Coronavirus is most dangerous to older people and particularly those over 80.
This group has a 14.8% death rate according to a large epidemiological study of 72,000 cases in China.
Now is the time to review your infectious diseases policy and procedure and consider whether a specific COVID-19 policy and procedure is required.
Here are some steps to start the process:
- Regularly review the advice of the Health Authority and check the advice for staff. A good place to start is with this Health Department web site and fact sheets for you and your staff.
- Develop a notification program to residents – which may change as the advice changes. It can include the most current advice from Health Agencies, personal hygiene standards within common areas, information on self-isolation requirements
- Develop a similar communication strategy, on the job training, and reinforcement activities for all staff. You may also consider a mandatory notification of symptoms/travel to a nominated senior executive.
- Review the requirement for visitors/contractors to the site, long and short term, and the need for them to acknowledge and adhere to the guidelines set out for residents and staff.
Here are other COVID-19 resources