Covid-19 Procedures for Elieff Center Eng

PREVENTIVE PROCEDURES IN CASE OF SUSPECTED CORONAVIRUS INFECTION OF EMPLOYEES / STAFF

PROCEDURES IN CASE OF  SUSPECTED CORONAVIRUS INFECTION OF AN EMPLOYEE/ VISITOR /TENANT OF ELIEFF CENTER

The management has the obligation to inform its staff regarding the introduced COVID-19 Guidance for Elieff Center.

Employees, tenants and staff of Elieff Center should be instructed that in case of symptoms such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of smell, disturbance and loss of taste, etc. such as sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, muscle aches, etc. they should not come to work but work from home and contact their personal doctor by phone. In case of deterioration of health, they should call 112 and inform that they might have been infected with Coronavirus.

His/her co-workers (those who work in the same office, people with regular contacts with less than 1,5-2 m distance for more than 15 min. per occasion) should be informed and, if possible, tested with RT-PCR.  The testing arrangement is responsibility of the GP or RHI.

It is recommended to follow the information of the Regional Health Inspection and the Minister of Health, available on the official website of the institutions, as well as the applicable legislation.

Thorough cleaning and disinfection of the employee’s working place/office is recommended. It is mandatory in case he/she is PCR positive.

If someone becomes unwell in the center and there is reason to suspect he/she may have come into contact with COVID-19, the person should be advised to put on his/her face cover (not the plastic shield!), should be moved to the assigned room № 401 and open the window for ventilation.  No other visitors will be allowed to enter the room except for the medical personnel.  After the patient leaves the room, it should be thoroughly disinfected.

The individual who is unwell should use his/her mobile phone to call his/her GP or the designated public health service number. If it is an emergency (if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk) then we should call 112 and explain the situation and relevant information, such as their current symptoms.

Whilst waiting for advice from his/her GP or the designated public health or emergency service, the affected person should remain at least two meters from other people. He/she should avoid touching

people, surfaces and objects and should cover mouth and nose with a disposable tissue /mask when coughing or sneezing and put the tissue/mask in a bag or pocket then throw the tissue in the bin.

If the individual needs to go to the bathroom whilst waiting for medical assistance, he/she should use a separate bathroom.

We should consider identifying persons who have conditions that put them at higher risk of serious illness (older people (>60 years) and those with chronic conditions (including hypertension, lung or heart problems, diabetes, or who are undergoing cancer treatment or some other immunosuppression) and pregnant workers) and advising them to take additional precautions, such as staying at home.

What to do if an Elieff Center member of staff with suspected COVID-19 has recently been in the workplace.

For close contacts of a suspected case in the workplace, the guidance given by the national authorities should be followed. The management team of the workplace will be contacted by the designated public health services to discuss the case, to identify people who have been in contact with them and to advise on any actions or precautions that should be taken.

After a suspected or positive case is identified, all close contact employees should be advised to work from home, if possible.  It would continue at least until the PCR test results of the respective patient become available.  If it turns out negative, the contacts may come back to work on site.  In case the result is positive, the close contacts should be tested on their turn.

A risk assessment of each situation will be undertaken by the designated public health services with the lead responsible person in the workplace. They will provide advice on how to manage staff and members based on their assessment of the risk.

The designated public health services will also be in contact with the affected person directly to advise on isolation and identifying other contacts to whom they will give appropriate advice.

If a worker is confirmed to have COVID-19, employers should inform fellow workers of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality.

Workers exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should be given instructions on what to do according to the company policies and the national authorities´ guidance.

Advice on cleaning of communal areas such as offices or toilets will be given by designated public health services.

Workers who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their employer and refer to national health services guidance as to how to assess their potential exposure and the measures to take.  In this case they have to spend 14 days under quarantine at home (could work from distance) and to be testes with PCR.  If the test is negative and no symptoms appear during the quarantine, they may come back to work after it is over.  If the PCR is positive, they should be treated according to the respective policy.

Both positive patients and their close contact have the right to use sick leave for the quarantine period.  It will be issued by their GP.

When individuals in the workplace have had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19

If a confirmed case is identified in our workplace, the designated public health services will provide advice to:

  • any worker that has been in close face-to-face or touching contact; 
  • anyone who has spent any length of time with the worker while he or she was symptomatic; 
  • anyone who has cleaned up any bodily fluids; 
  • close friendship groups or workgroups; 
  • any worker living in the same household as a confirmed case.

Contacts with no symptoms may not be tested by the state authorities; they still may develop symptoms at a later stage and then they would be tested.  Only the negative PCR may prove the lack of risk for the other people.

Cleaning offices and public spaces where there are suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19

Coronavirus symptoms are similar to a flu-like illness and include dry cough, sore throat, fever, tiredness or shortness of breath. Once symptomatic, all surfaces that the person has come into contact with must be cleaned including:

  • all surfaces and objects which are may have been contaminated with body fluids; 
  • all potentially contaminated high-contact areas such as toilets, door handles, telephones.

Public areas where a symptomatic individual has passed through and spent minimal time in (such as corridors) but which are not visibly contaminated with body fluids do not need to be specially cleaned and disinfected.

If a person becomes ill in a shared space, these should be cleaned using disposable cloths and the detergents with at least 60% alcohol or ones certified for disinfection of SARS-CoV-2 affected areas, according to current recommended workplace practice. Precautionary measures should be taken to protect cleaners.

All waste that has been in contact with the individual, including used tissues, and masks if used, should be put in a plastic rubbish bag and tied when full. The plastic bag should then be placed in a second bin bag and tied. It should be put in a safe place and marked for storage until the result is available. If the individual tests negative, this can be put in the normal waste. Should the individual test positive, you will be instructed what to do with the waste by public health authorities.

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