Important Updates Regarding COVID-19
Harbor Health is committed to the protection of our patients and staff and is following the recommendations from the CDC, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), World Health Organization (WHO), and monitoring updates from the local and state health departments in addressing the COVID-19 outbreak and minimizing transmission risks.
Per the recently released CMS Memorandum, Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Home Health Agencies, we are monitoring the health status of patients, visitors, and healthcare staff in the home setting for signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Per the CDC, prompt detection, triage, and isolation of potentially infectious patients are essential to prevent unnecessary exposures among patients, healthcare personnel, and visitors.
EFFECTIVE March 17, 2020 agency staff may be required to ask the following:
1. Have you had any international travel or domestic travel within the last 14 days to countries or states with sustained community transmission?
2. Do you have signs of a respiratory infection such as a fever, cough, and sore throat?
3. In the last 14 days, have you had contact with someone with or under investigation for COVID-19, or are ill with a respiratory illness?
EMPLOYEES: EFFECTIVE MARCH 17, 2020 ALL AGENCY STAFF WILL COMPLY AS FOLLOWS:
1. Employees will keep a record of their temperature for every day of the week. You may keep this on paper or in electronic form. We will not request that you turn it in, but will request that you have the records to verify compliance should you become ill.
2. The CDC defines a fever as 100.4 degrees or higher. If you have such a fever, report it to the office immediately so we can find a replacement for your shift. If you are demonstrating signs of fever, cough, and sore throat, report it to the office and contact your primary care physician for further guidance on testing.
3. Upon arrival at a patient's home wash your hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
4. Report any patient complaints of respiratory infection symptoms to the office and to their primary care physician.
Additional information will be forthcoming on both ERSP and this website. Harbor Health is currently seeking additional ways to limit interaction and may be releasing updates to timesheets and recordkeeping to electronic formats. Harbor Health has not shut down our physical office, but we are asking everyone to please observe social distancing. If a phone call or email will work, please refrain from coming to the office.
Additional information will be updated as it becomes available. We have included links to websites with additional information below. As this is a rapidly changing situation, our website may not be as current as other sources.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control - www.cdc.gov
The World Health Organization - www.who.int
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - www.cms.gov
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services - https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/
HARBOR HEALTH EMPLOYEE INFORMATION
Harbor Health is following the MDHHS guidelines for homecare services. Please familiarize yourself with this information by clicking on the following link: