The health and safety of our patients and employees is New Century Home Care’s top priority. The services we provide are very important even as we progress through the pandemic. We are continuously monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its ramifications, and we want to assure everyone that our Emergency Preparedness Plan is in full operation and that we are following all the guidelines of the DOH and CDC.
Health officials are urging people to take preventative actions to avoid illness including, but not limited to:
- Washing hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
- Covering one’s mouth and nose with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing
- Disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Encouraging employees who are ill to not report to work, and reach out to their personal physician for guidance
All our aides are going to be called daily and asked the 3 three questions below regarding the patients:
1. Ask/observe patient’s condition regarding upper respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, sore throat, fever, or shortness of breath)
2. Ask the patient, “Have you traveled to a country for which the CDC has issued a Level 2 or 3 travel designation within the last 14 days?”
3. Ask the patient, “Have you had contact with any Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) for COVID-19 within the last 14 days, OR with anyone with known COVID-19?
We also will be screening staff for respiratory and fever symptoms prior to their daily visits or contacts that might have put them at risk.
Staff showing symptoms of illness will not be permitted to remain at work or visit patients and must not return to work until completely recovered.
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The COVID-19 Vaccine Is Here!
The first COVID-19 vaccines are here. Due to limited supply from the federal government, availability is limited. More and more New Yorkers will become eligible as the vaccine supply increases. While the vaccination process is underway, every New Yorker should wear a mask, social distance and avoid small and large gatherings.
Two vaccines have been authorized by the FDA and approved by New York State’s independent COVID-19 Clinical Advisory Task Force: One that was developed by Pfizer and BioNTech and another that was developed by Moderna. Both vaccines require two doses.
As of January 11, 2021, New Yorkers in Phase 1a and segments of Phase 1b are eligible for the vaccines. ALL VACCINATIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Eligible groups include doctors, nurses and health care workers, people age 65 and over, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and public safety workers. Residents and staff at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities will continue to be vaccinated through a federal program, which the state is providing resources to accelerate.
- Health care workers who are part of Phase 1a will continue to be vaccinated at hospitals and other clinical settings.
- People age 65 and over will primarily be vaccinated at pharmacies and other sites that are part of the “retail network.” Use our online tool to find a location. The COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline is open 7AM – 10PM, 7 days a week, for scheduling vaccination appointments for eligible New Yorkers: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
- Public employees (for example, police departments, public school teachers and MTA employees) will primarily be vaccinated through their groups’ relevant health programs or as organized by their unions.
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Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and maintaining other prevention measures are essential for you, your patients and your family to stay healthy.
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Resources for the planning, allocation, distribution, administration, storage & handling, patient education, and more for COVID-19 vaccine.