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Florida DEpartment
of Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As we all know, current events have disrupted our communities in unprecedented ways, leading to loss of jobs, long periods of social isolation to interrupted or deferred school, travel and schedules. As you can imagine many people have been facing increased stress and uncertainty. With this in mind, The Recovery Village recently conducted a survey about the effects of “COVID-19 and Our Mental Health“. The results indicate that many people could be turning to drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with the impact of the coronavirus.  

Result from their Mental Health Professionals Survey can be found HERE

This page highlights resources identified or developed to address current response and recovery operations to novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

Please refer to CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 webpage for the most up-to-date clinical guidance on COVID-19 outbreak management.

If you have COVID-19 best or promising practices, plans, tools, or templates to share with your peers, please visit the ASPR TRACIE Information Exchange

Links to Documents
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Healthcare Providers Preparedness Checklist & Hospital Preparedness Tool

Long Term Care Partners

Older populations and people with underlying health issues appear to be at increased risk for this virus. We believe it is important that long-term care facilities begin planning now and ensuring they have protocols in place for a pandemic scenario. Specific actions include:

  • Criteria and protocols for closing units or the entire facility to new admissions when the pandemic virus is in the facility
  • Criteria and protocols for enforcing visitor limitations
  • A plan for cohorting symptomatic residents or groups
  • An occupational health plan for addressing staff absences
  • Plans for increased cleaning of common surfaces

The linked checklist is an excellent resource for long-term care and other residential facilities to assist them with pandemic planning. While the document references influenza, Coronavirus is a respiratory disease and most of the same activities apply. Link: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/pdf/longtermcare.pdf

Strategies to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/prevent-spread-in-long-term-care-facilities.html

Nursing Home Infection Prevention Training – https://www.cdc.gov/longtermcare/training.html

Patient Care, Transportation and Responder Safety Training Program

The Center for Domestic Preparedness has developed training for Coronavirus patient care, transportation and responder safety training program.     https://cdp.dhs.gov/

It is important to stay informed on the current situation. There are many ways to protect and mitigate the transmission into Florida, and we all have a part in these actions.

CDC recommends individuals and families follow everyday preventive measures:

  • Voluntary Home Isolation: Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present , these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus.
  • Respiratory Etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.
  • Hand Hygiene: Wash hands often 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%-95% alcohol.
  • Environmental Health Action: Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects
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