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Information regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019

March 2020

Harbor Regional Center (HRC) understands the concern to our families and service provider agencies about possible exposure to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). At this time of year, we are all accustomed to taking precautions to prevent the spread of viruses like the flu.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the coronavirus, itself is a large family of viruses that, while not new, have different strains. The COVID-19 strain is a newly identified strain that causes respiratory illness similar to influenza.

Here are some best practices recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help keep you, your families, and others healthy:

· Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
· If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60-90% alcohol.
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
· Stay at home when you are sick; Call your doctor for advice if you believe that you may have the corona virus.
· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash;
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes

Here's how we can work together to prevent the spread of illnesses, including this virus:

· We will reschedule our appointment with you if you or your family member or client(s) are not feeling well.
· If we are not feeling well, we will not come to your home, program, or meeting, and we will reschedule our meeting with you.
· We are instructing our staff to go home if they begin to feel ill or show symptoms like coughing or sneezing.
· We ask all of our clients, families, and service provider caregivers to keep our clients home from school, appointments, or day programs if they are ill.

For Further Information on Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities (At Home, At School, At Work, Community Events, and Health Care Settings):
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

Furthermore, if you are a service provider:

· If as a service provider you suspect an outbreak of COVID-19 in your organization, please contact your local health department immediately and follow their instructions.
· In addition please notify Maria Carmen Garibay, Service Provider Relations Team Assistant, by telephone (310) 543-0620 or email maria.carmen.garabay@harborrc.org.
· In addition, ASC licensees are required to report a suspected or confirmed outbreak to your local Adult and Senior Care Regional Office, and the persons’ in care authorized representative, as required by applicable regulations (California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Section 80061(b)(1)(H), Title 22, Section 81061(b)(1)(G), Title 22, Section 82061(a)(1)(F), and Title 22, Section 87211(a)(2)).
· You can also review the most recent Provider Information Notice (PIN) for Adult and Senior Programs issued by Community Care Licensing.

For additional information about the COVID-19, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

If you have questions regarding this email, please contact Leticia Mendoza, Department Assistant, at (310) 543-0643.