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Level 1:

  • Suspension of Day Services
    • Individuals will receive day service support in the home to minimize crowds and the potential spread of the virus. Anyone in the family home setting will have phone contact with NHTC employees.
  • Increased Hand Hygiene for all employees and individuals receiving services. Employees must wash hands for a minimum of 20-30 seconds at the following times:
    • Upon entry into any site;
    • After touching face, eating, smoking, coughing, blowing nose, etc.;
    • After using the restroom;
    • Before and after each individual’s medication administration pass;
    • Before and after providing any individual cares or contact; and
    • Before, during, and after preparing any meals, snacks, or beverages.
  • Individuals should be encouraged and supported to wash hands upon entering any location, prior to eating, after touching face, and after using the restroom.
  • Increased sanitation and disinfection procedures implemented for all sites.
  • Discontinuation of all large group activities or going to places where numerous people may gather.
  • All non-essential appointments are cancelled or postponed. Technology should utilize to the fullest extent for any necessary appointments.
  • Follow all recommendations by federal, state, and local health department officials.

Level 2:
 

Level 2 is when the illness/virus has been confirmed by the CDC in the state of South Dakota.

In addition to continuing to follow Level 1 preventions and interventions, the following items must be completed:

  • Each site will have only 1 point of entry, where a hand sanitizing station is located.
  • COVID-19 Risk Assessment is completed with all employees upon arrival to shift; which includes taking the employee’s temperature.
  • Temperatures will be taken and documented one time per day for each individual receiving service. For any individual with a fever over 100.4 F or greater; the immediate supervisor must be notified.
  • No outside visitors are permitted at any of the locations; only essential personnel.
  • Any individuals leaving the premise upon their family/guardian’s request may be subjected to the risk assessment and may be required to remain with family/guardian and/or be quarantined to their room, depending on assessment and the individual’s temperature.
  • Staff must immediately report any signs/symptoms of respiratory illness to their immediate supervisor.
  • Each location will be supplied with appropriate PPE, as available.
  • Continue to follow all recommendations by federal, state, and local health department officials.

Level 3:

Level 3 is when the illness has been confirmed by the CDC in the local community that we operate.

In addition to continuing to follow Level 1 and Level 2 prevention and interventions, the following items must be completed.  

  • Continue to follow all recommendations by federal, state, and local health department officials.
  • Keep individuals away from others who are ill.
  • Limit all face-to-face contact with others as much as possible.
  • All outside activities are strictly limited to essential health and safety needs.

Level 4:

Level 4 is when the illness has been confirmed by a physician within a program that NHTC operates (individual receiving services or employees) or the COVID planning committee has reason to believe there has been direct exposure to the illness.

In addition to continuing to follow Level 1, 2, and 3 preventions and interventions, the following items must be completed:

Individuals identified as infected or infectious with COVID-19 Coronavirus or other respiratory symptoms unconfirmed should be isolated and the following must occur.

  • Consult with health care providers immediately for further direction if signs/symptoms of respiratory illness as outlined above occurs for individuals.
  • Ensure a 14 day supply of all medications, nutritional supplements, testing supplies (blood sugar checks), dietary aids (such as liquid thickener), and other treatment supplies for individuals are available.
  • Isolate in their home within their private rooms; reassuring the individuals that this is not punitive actions or punishment.
  • If a shared bedroom, spatial separation should be over 6 feet, if possible. If an individual is sharing a room with a high risk individual, the high risk individual will be placed in another room or area of the house.
  • Shared bathroom must be cleaned after every use.
  • All PPE are to be stocked and accessible conveniently outside the individual’s room (face mask, gloves) as available.
  • All staff providing care will use PPE appropriately, as available.
  • While providing cares, employees should keep hands away from their face and limit surfaces touched.
  • Meals should be served in the individual’s rooms as much as possible; or mealtimes should be staggered around times individual can be alone or greater than 6 feet from other individuals.

During a LEVEL 4, the residential location will run on the bare essential staffing and the minimum number of employees required to ensure health and safety. NHTC will seek employees to be paid volunteers to work throughout the duration of the isolation.

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