Notice of PRIDE facilities closing beginning March 17, 2020

 

March 16, 2020

 

Dear PRIDE program staff, participants and caregivers,

The health and well-being of staff, employees, and program participants at PRIDE facilities is our number one priority. Given the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency declaration, out of an abundance of caution, we will close certain PRIDE facilities beginning Tuesday, March 17 through Monday, March 30. The effected facilities include:

• Auburn/Work Activity Program/Special Needs
• Fairfield/Behavior Support/Work Activity Program
• Grass Valley/Work Activity Program/Day Program
• Roseville/Corporate/South Floor
• South Sacramento/Florin/Perkins Rd.
• Yuba City/Behavior Support

It is important to emphasize that no one from the above facilities has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

Our North Sacramento facility closed on Monday, March 16 after a program participant tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is recuperating at a local hospital. PRIDE is working with staff and other program participants as they monitor their health.

Since the COVID-19 virus is easily spread, we encourage you to take the following precautions to protect yourself:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Sneeze or cough into your sleeve to avoid spreading germs with your hands.

• Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created guidelines on what to do if you are sick.

Should you experience symptoms such as cough, temperature above 100.4 degrees F (or 38 degrees C), or difficulty breathing, follow the guidance below and inform your Case Manager or Site Rehabilitation Manager immediately.

Public health officials recommend the following:

• Those with cold-like symptoms should isolate at home and restrict outside activities. Manage symptoms with over-the-counter medications, regardless of whether you have a cold, the flu, or COVID-19.

• If you need to see a healthcare provider for non-urgent care or advice, we encourage you to use telehealth, if available, which provides doctors’ appointments conducted over the phone, email, or video and do not require an in-person visit.

• If you feel you have an urgent situation and need to see your healthcare provider, call ahead so they know you are coming.

• You should only call 911 or go to an emergency department if you believe that you are extremely sick, or your life is in imminent danger. Other emergencies are still occurring, and emergency resources must be available to address all of them, not just COVID-19

We are monitoring this situation closely and are keeping updated with public health announcements. However, these details are provided on an informational basis only and are not intended and should not be relied upon as medical advice. If you are displaying symptoms, seek the opinion of a licensed medical doctor immediately.

The federal and state governments are working to immediately approve funding for several new pay and benefit laws to provide financial support for people who are impacted by COVID-19. PRIDE is monitoring those benefits as they become available and will share those with you in subsequent communications.

During this time, employees who are sick may use available sick pay first, and if that is not available, then you may use available vacation pay. The use of vacation pay is an exception to PRIDE’s current policy and will expire on June 30, 2020, unless extended further. We are also working on additional pay and benefits policy guidance to assist all of PRIDE’s employees in navigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the latest PRIDE updates related to the Coronavirus emergency, please visit prideindustries.com/coronavirus.

For general questions or concerns, please contact Chief Rehabilitation Officer Vic Wursten at (916) 813-4337 or vic.wursten@prideindustries.com or contact Rehabilitation Compliance Manager Dawn Horwath at (530) 648-4047 or dawn.horwath@prideindustries.com.

We are hopeful that all those affected will make a full recovery. We appreciate your cooperation and know that together we will get through this emergency.