To all our valued individuals and their families,
I pray that you remain safe and healthy during this turbulent and mysterious time.
Not Forgotten Home and Community Services is a life-sustaining agency. Not only do we provide Residential services (24 hours per day, 7 days per week), but we feel that our Habilitation Services are additionally indispensable. Keeping loved ones at home is sometimes contingent on having those necessary respites and support services in place. If you are comfortable with our staff continuing to provide services, we will continue to be available to you as support. We are using universal precautions to insure the health and safety of all. Our staff is being notified frequently of updates on all precautions. We are confident that they can provide needed support and care at this time.
Executive Director, NFHCS
Helpful Information by Date - Covid-19
6/24/20 - Diagnoses Associated with Elevated Risk of Severe Illness or Death Following COVID-19 Infection
6/4/20 - Safety Procedures for Businesses
5/5/20 - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Allegheny County is still in the Red Phase. The following document outlines Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) in Counties Designated by the Governor as Yellow Phase
ODP Announcement 20-052
4/22/20 - GOVERNOR WOLF - IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON PHASED REOPENING
4/15/20 - COVID-19 INFECTION CONTROL: FAMILIES AND CAREGIVERS FACTSHEET
4/14/20 - GUIDELINES FOR HANDLING ILLNESS WITH STAFF
On April 3rd, Governor Wolf ( New) https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-calls-for-universal-masking/
Please visit the DOH link daily.
Mental Health information- (New) https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/Documents/Diseases%20and%20Conditions/COVID-19%20Mental%20Health.pdf
Tips for your behavior health- https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/tips-social-distancing-quarantine-isolation-031620.pdf
CDC Covid19 Self Checker- ( NEW) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html
Symptoms for the virus has been updated, fact sheet: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/Documents/Diseases%20and%20Conditions/Coronavirus.pdf
Covid testing information (Updated 04/03/20) https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/Documents/Diseases%20and%20Conditions/COVID19%20Testing%20Factsheet.pdf
Crisis Text line: Contact the Crisis Text Line by texting PA to 741-741
Department of Health – Daily report https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/Documents/Diseases%20and%20Conditions/COVID-19%20Situation%20Reports/20200326nCoVSituationReportExt.pdf
Please see the enclosed link. Although this platform is geared toward the Autism Community.
This guidance can be used for our Participants as well.
GUIDELINES FOR HANDLING ILLNESS WITH STAFF
PA HEALTH DEPARTMENT -1877-PA-HEALTH ( 1-877-724-3258)
*THESE GUIDELINES OUTLINE STEPS TO FOLLOW SHOULD A STAFF MEMBER PRESENT OR CALL OFF WITH AN ILLNESS THAT COULD BE ASSOCIATED WITH COVID-19. THESE GUIDELINES MAY CHANGE BASED ON NEW INFORMATION AND GOVERNMENT MANDATES.
SYMPTOMS OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS MAY PRESENT THEMSELVES WITHIN 2 TO 14 DAYS FROM EXPOSURE.
1) IF A STAFF MEMBER PRESENT WITH THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:
3. Shortness of Breath.
Answer: THEY ARE TO CONTACT THEIR PHYSICIAN FOR INSTRUCTIONS AND CLEARANCE TO RETURN TO WORK. Team Leads are to notify ADM regarding this staff call-off (Including Angie King)
2) IF A STAFF MEMBER DEVELOPS:
SHORTNESS OF BREATH
THEY SHOULD CONTACT THEIR PCP, for additional guidance.
3) IF A STAFF MEMBER PRESENTS WITH:
SHORTNESS OF BREATH/DIFFICULTY BREATHING
PAIN/PRESSURE IN THE CHEST
NEW ONSET CONFUSION/DIFFICULTY AWAKENING
THEY SHOULD SEEK MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IMMEDIATELY from there PCP.
Staff are encouraged to reach out to their PCP. For any medical advice. Should staff members “Call off” due to illness listed above. They can only return to work, after being medically cleared by a Health Care Professional.
Team Leads needs to notify ADM of call-offs associated with symptoms listed above.
Additional Information for Staff
CDC- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Presidents Trump; 15 days to slow the spread: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf
This is a rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information and guidance as it becomes available.
EPA list of disinfectants against SARS-COV-2
CDC COVID-19 page
ODP COVID-19 Updates
PA Health DeptCoronavirus page
DHS COVID-19 page
For Employees affected by COVID-19
Gov. Wolf Offers COVID-19 Community Preparedness and
Procedures Materials -
Links from ODP -
Webinar for staff - please watch: https://palms-awss3-repository.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/MyODP_Content/Course+Content/Coronavirus+(COVID-19)/COVID-19+ODP+Update_+Overview+of+Emergency+Amendments+to+ODP+Waivers.mp4