What is COVID-19, According to the CDC?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2. This new coronavirus has spread in people only since around December 2019. Health experts are learning more about this new coronavirus and the illness it causes every day. At this time, there is no treatment or vaccine to prevent COVID-19.
The virus is spread mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby – usually within about 6 feet. The droplets can also land on nearby surfaces and remain infectious after a contagious person has left the area. COVID-19 can even be spread by people who are not showing symtpoms of any kind.
Health experts are learning more and more about who becomes sick and the rang eof illness from COVID-19. Reported cases have ranged from mild illness (similar to a common cold) to severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization. So far, deaths from COVID-19 in Oregon have been reported mainly in older adults who had other health conditions. From the beginning of the pandemic, most children with COVID-19 had very mild symptoms. Recently, a new illness in children has been reported that can cause severe inflammation throughout the body. The children with this illness are very sick and require hospitalization.
Anyone who comes into contact with the virus can become infected and may or may not show symptoms. Coronaviruses spread easily to adults and children alike. No group of people is more likely to get or spread the virus. However, we continue to learn about groups at higher risk of becoming severely ill with COVID-19 including: people with chronic health conditions, people living in group care settings, health care workers, and other essential workers.
If you have experienced ANY of these symptoms in the last 14-21 days, contact a doctor immediately aboout getting tested. Please see below for more information and ways to prevent illness at the CDC website.
How is Mosaic Management responding to the situation?
As a company who prides itself on the care we provide for our residents, a swift and meticulous response to the Coronavirus is our #1 priority. We understand the importance of protecting our residents and the good people we have caring for them.
We are currently limiting visitors at all communities and using a strict screening process as well as giving travel questionnaires to those who do visit. Additionally, we are focusing on increased awareness of signs and/or symptoms of sickness in general, and we have doubled our normal precautionary efforts to avoid the spread of disease.
Please read below for more information.
Information for Families & Visitors
Currently, to help protect our residents and staff, we are trying to allow only emergency & essential visitors and screening ALL visitors for the following:
• Any International travel within the last 30 days or more.
• Showing signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as a fever, cough, and sore throat.
• Having had contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or is under investigation for COVID-19.
Any and all visitors will be required to enter through only main entrances, must respond to the travel questionnaire, sign a check-in log, and follow all other protocols that prioritize the safety of our residents. Please pay attention to any visitor notices which may provide additional or new information.
Phone calls, video calls, and other communication are encouraged since we cannot have visitors at this time.
Please contact the ED at your community with any further questions.
Information for Residents
Any resident experiencing new symptoms of possible illness shall be monitored through the “change of condition and monitoring” protocol. Common illness often seen in community settings include respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. These types of illnesses carry a higher risk of morbidity and mortality in the geriatric setting and must be monitored closely for resident health and safety. Residents with chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for infections and any accompanying complications.
For your own safety as well as the safety of other residents, If you are feeling sick at all or experiencing any of these flu-like symptoms, please inform a community staff member.
If you have any other specific questions please contact the ED at your community.
Information for Staff & Vendors
Please make sure you are following all protocols, checking in, and reporting any symptoms or illness to managers and/or the Executive Director. As always, using common sense will go a long way when it comes to protecting our communities and is expected of all staff and vendors.
It is vital that everyone understands all protocols and increased precautionary measures. If you have ANY questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the ED at your community for further information or training.
Please contact the ED at your community for further information.