At Shining Hope Farms we are committed to implementing best practices for the health and safety of all of our staff and clients. In light of recent events regarding the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, please review the following guidelines from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) detailing best practices to potentially impact the spread of the disease.
NOTE: This article will be updated as new information is released. Last updated 4:00pm 3/17/2020
Additionally, if you or your loved one is sick, please reference the following when conducting therapy. Thank you for your help as we all work together to stay safe and healthy!
COMMUNICABLE DISEASE PREVENTION
Staff or clients should report illnesses in the following cases:
- A temperature over 101 degrees
- Diarrhea – 3 or more episodes within 24 hours
- Unexplained rash
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- Any other condition that poses a threat to others.
Staff must be free of all symptoms and/or on antibiotics for 24 hours before working directly with consumers. Consumers should also be free of all symptoms and/or on antibiotics for 24 hours before staff can work with consumer directly.
SHINING HOPE FARMS DISEASE PRECAUTIONS
Shining Hope Farms is taking preventative measures by limiting the amount of staff and consumers present at one time, cleaning thoroughly between clients, requiring staff and consumers to wash their hands upon arriving and leaving, and completing screening questionnaires on all staff and consumers prior to being allowed on site.
Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy are optional at this point for staff and consumers. At this time, all Therapeutic Riding and Recreational Riding lessons are on hold for two weeks. Normal operation for all services is expected to resume on March 30, 2020. For more information, please contact your Shining Hope Farms therapist.
All volunteers are asked to stay home March 16-27.
NC DHHS recommends that people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should avoid large groups of people as much as possible. This includes gatherings such as concert venues, conventions, church services, sporting events, and crowded social events. People at high risk should also avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
People at high risk include anyone:
- Over 65 years of age, or with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, or with weakened immune systems.
The following recommendations pertain to persons and establishments STATEWIDE.
1) CONGREGATE LIVING FACILITIES
NC DHHS recommends that all facilities that serve as residential establishments for high risk persons described above should limit visitors and restrict all visitors who have respiratory illness or potential exposure to COVID-19. These establishments include: nursing homes, independent and assisted living facilities, correctional facilities, and facilities that care for medically vulnerable children.
2) MASS GATHERING OR LARGE COMMUNITY EVENTS: UPDATED
NC DHHS recommends that event organizers:Urge anyone who is sick to not attend. NC Governor Roy Cooper also has placed bans on gatherings of more than 10 people.
- Encourage those who are at high risk, described above, to not attend.
- Adopt lenient refund policies for people who are high risk.
- Find ways to give people more physical space to limit close contact as much as possible.
- Encourage attendees to wash hands frequently.
- Clean surfaces with standard cleaners.
3) ALL TRAVELERS
NC DHHS recommends that all travelers returning from countries and US states impacted by COVID-19 follow DHHS guidance on self-monitoring.
4) SCHOOLS: UPDATED
Roy Cooper has ordered all K-12 public schools in NC to close for a minimum of two weeks in response to COVID19.
Take steps to protect yourself
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Take steps to protect others
Stay home if you’re sick
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Check the CDC website for the latest updates. Shining Hope Farms will continue to stay up to date with the latest information.