As most of you may know, Governor Wolf has announced that Philadelphia and surrounding counties are expected to transition from “red” to “yellow” on Friday, June 5, 2020. This transition will eventually involve the re-introduction of onsite services while continuing to offer telehealth services. I want to emphasize that this transition will be gradual with the necessary restrictions implemented for the safety of our staff and members.
Since the onset of this pandemic, Wedge operations staff has been meeting daily to ensure we are all aware of COVID-19 updates. Our goal is to apply that knowledge to enhance the safety measures implemented on sites, and to protect the well-being of our staff and members. The transition of reopening Wedge’s doors will be a process that is thoroughly inspected, studied, and analyzed. This transition may be concerning for some of you. Rest assured, Wedge leadership has made staff and member safety a top priority during this pandemic and will continue to do so.
I am aware there are several outlets wherein one can receive COVID-19 news. Some are more speculative, and less evidence based. As health care professionals (HCPs), we are considered essential workers which places us on the front lines. It is important for HCPs to be well informed as members will look to us for education and guidance. Knowledge is always the best defense so try to avoid misinformation and rumors. Be aware of what your employer and city are doing to keep you safe. Be well informed of what you can do and share your knowledge with others to further prevent the spread of infection.
Thank you for your cooperation and dedication through this pandemic. Wedge operations will continue to meet daily and keep you all updated. We will to comply with the state and local governments recommendations regarding the continued management of Covid-19.
Know How The Wedge Is Protecting Its Staff and Members.
- Wedge will be limiting entry to all sites to members and staff only.
- A check in process will be implemented wherein BOTH staff and member will be required to:
- Wear masks
- Be subject to a temperature check.
- Be assessed of showing any signs of infection.
- Access to soap and water to wash hands, hand sanitizer and disinfectant will be made available. Sites will be cleaned and sanitized by maintenance as well as an outside sanitizing service.
- The layout of each Wedge site will be optimized to for social distancing. Flyers provided by the State of Pennsylvania will be posted at each site regarding COVID-19 safety.
Know how to Practice of Social Distancing in the work place?
- Maintain a distance of at least six feet from other individuals.
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cover coughs or sneezes with a sleeve or elbow, not hands; Do not shake hands.
- Regularly clean high-contact surface areas.
- When sick, stay at home.
- Do not gather in groups larger than 25 people.
Know the Numbers. As of 06/08/2020, the current Covid-19 situation and risk to Philadelphia.
- Number of cases of COVID-19 in Philadelphia: 23,391
- Number of negative test results of COVID-19 in Philadelphia: 84,698
- Number of COVID-19 deaths in Philadelphia: 1,414
- Overall risk in Philadelphia: HIGH risk of community transmission
Know the RED, YELLOW & GREEN phases to reopening Pennsylvania?
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SOME FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT COVID-19
- COVID-19 CAN MAKE ANYONE SICK REGARDLESS OF RACE OR ETHNICITY
- Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms
- Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
- Fear and anxiety about COVID-19 can cause people to avoid or reject others even though they are not at risk for spreading the virus.
- COVID-19 IS SPREAD THROUGH RESPIRATORY DROPLETS.
- You can become infected by coming into close contact (about 6 feet or two arm lengths) with a person who has COVID-19. COVID-19 is primarily spread from person to person.
- You can become infected from respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
- You may also be able to get it by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
- YOU CAN HELP STOP COVID-19 BY KNOWING THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS.
- Common Symptoms of COVID-19
- FEVER OR CHILLS, COUGH, SHORTNESS OF BREATH OR DIFFICULTY BREATHING
- Other possible symptoms
- Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
- Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
- Some people with COVID-19 don’t display any symptoms. These individuals are known as “Carriers”
- THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION. WHEN? HOW LONG?
- Quarantine separates people who know they were EXPOSED to someone with COVID-19 coronavirus, or who recently traveled to a location where the disease was spreading rapidly.
- Quarantines are for people who do not show symptoms but should be kept separate because they have a higher-than-average likelihood of having been exposed to the disease.
- People in quarantine do not leave quarantine for at least 14 days.
- Isolation separates people who are SICK, and showing symptoms of COVID-19, from others who are not sick. Isolation keeps people who know they are infected away from healthy people.
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- Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people
- THERE ARE SIMPLE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP KEEP YOURSELF & OTHERS HEALTHY.
- The best way to protect yourself is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with others.
- Wear a cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth in public settings.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Lloyd C. Alcera, MD
Medical Director – Psychiatrist