Notification of individual testing positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) at PRIDE’s North Sacramento facility

 

March 13, 2020

 

Dear staff, employees, caregivers, and program participants of the North Sacramento PRIDE facility,

An individual receiving services from the North Sacramento PRIDE facility has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. The individual went home sick on Friday, March 6 and did not return to the facility. Today, March 13, the individual’s test results came back positive for the virus. During the past week, additional clients and staff members called in sick or went home sick from the North Sacramento facility.

To protect clients and staff from any further exposure, the North Sacramento facility will be closed during the week of March 16 while it is cleaned and disinfected. Right now, the tentative reopen date is Monday, March 23. Please look for additional communications from PRIDE to confirm this reopen date.

According to Placer County Health & Human Services, it is not necessary for someone who has been in contact with a person who has COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days. However, exposed persons should self-monitor for respiratory symptoms or fever. If you develop symptoms, stay home to protect those who are well for 7 days after your symptoms began and at least 72 hours after your symptoms resolve.

Should you become sick, please inform your manager. Placer County Health & Human Services also recommends the following:

• Individuals with cold-like symptoms should manage their symptoms at home with over-the-counter drugs whenever possible, regardless of whether they 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 — doctors’ appointments conducted over the phone, email or video that do not require an in-person visit. PRIDE’s Anthem/Blue Cross and Kaiser plans provide telehealth options.

• Individuals who develop difficulty breathing, feel extremely tired, or were feeling better but then feel a lot worse should call their health care provider. If you will be going to the provider’s office or urgent care center, call ahead so that the health care provider can be prepared to care for them.

• People should only call 911 or go to an emergency department if they believe that their 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. Please, if any employee is displaying symptoms, seek the opinion of a licensed medical doctor immediately.

Employees who are sick may use available sick pay first, and if that is not available, or you do not wish to use sick pay, then you may use available vacation pay. The use of vacation pay is an exception to our current policy that PRIDE is permitting temporarily and will expire on June 30, 2020, unless extended further.

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

PRIDE’s top priority is the health and wellbeing of our staff, employees, and individuals receiving services, and we are committed to keeping you fully informed as the situation evolves.