At RVNAhealth, the health and safety of our patients and team is always a top priority. Amid the concerns around Coronavirus, we are ever-monitoring the situation, reinforcing our standard health care protocols both within the RVNAhealth building as well as with our field team, and taking additional steps for extra vigilance.
Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. In additional to our internal measures, we remind all individuals of the following best practices to help keep yourself and others healthy:
- “Stay home, Stay safe,” per Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont’s executive order for non-essential workers to not report to their workplaces.
- If you must leave your home, do not travel in groups.
- Keep at least six feet away from others.
- Cancel/avoid non-essential gatherings of any size.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after visiting the restroom; before eating; after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing or touching your face.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue, then discard the tissue in the trash. Clean your hands AGAIN.
- Use alcohol gel hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available.
- Utilize disinfectant wipes to wipe down high-touch areas such as counters, keyboards, doorknobs and other areas with frequent hand exposure.
- Keep hand cleansers with you.
- If you are sick, stay home; call (do not immediately visit) your health care provider for next steps; limit visitors.
- Create a household plan of action in case of household illness or disruption of daily activities due to COVID-19 in the community.
- Minimize trips to stores and other public places by keeping an advance supply of medications and groceries on hand.
RVNAhealth COVID-19 Newsletter Updates
The Pulse: May, 2020 – Caring for a Loved One with COVID-19; Daily Living Tips from Our Team
The Pulse: April 23, 2020 – A Video Tribute; Recent Updates; Rehab Center News
The Pulse: April 15, 2020 – Tip of the Day; Recent Updates; Staff Spotlights;
April 2020: The People Edition
The Pulse: March 24, 2020 – RVNAhealth Operations Update; Ask the Chief Clinical Officer; Request for iPads and IPhones
The Pulse: March 19, 2020 – Call for PPE; Additional Statewide Closures
The Pulse: March 9, 2020 – How Infections Occur; Standard Health Protocols; CDC Guidance
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and feel you may have been exposed to the coronavirus, please stay home and call your health care provider or your local Health Department to discuss your options. The CDC provides guidance on symptoms and what to do if you feel sick. Download the CDC’s COVID-19 Fact Sheet from the CDC in English, Spanish, or Chinese.
Video: How to Wash Your Hands
This video is silent, but the messages are loud and clear. Here are valuable insights from the CDC into the hows and whys of proper hand washing.