Like all states in the US and many countries around the world, we are experiencing the threat of COVID-19 here in Nevada. It is a time of unease for everyone, but can be especially scary for the community of people who already need in-home care, and the people who love them. We want to be clear about the steps we are taking to ensure our patients’ safety as well as offer some guidance for how you can stay safe as we navigate this health threat together.
Guidelines for Combatting COVID-19 in Nevada
The COVID-19 virus has been found to have a much greater effect on the community we serve: the elderly and those who are immune-suppressed. Therefore, we are taking every recommended precaution seriously and hope you are doing the same. We already take extreme care and caution in our caregiver sanitary guidelines, utilizing gloves and other sanitary products at all times. We are confident that our clients and their loved ones will feel secure knowing that we are carefully following hygienic guidelines. As you spend time navigating this crisis with your family, we’ll be here to make sure your loved ones are safe.
Legacy Home Care Temporary Guidelines
If our caregivers has a fever or has been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, or has traveled to a location with a high number of confirmed cases, they will be sent home immedicately. This means they will not be in contact with your loved one or with any of our caregivers that will continue to work, for a minimum of 3 days after their fever has left. The guidelines for self-isolation will go a long way in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Nevada as we continue to provide much-needed care to our patients. Caregivers who believe they may have been in contact with COVID-19 but do not show symptoms, may self-quarantine for up to 14 days before returning to their regular clients should no symptoms appear during the self-isolation period.
Recommended Precautions for all Nevada Residents
As we are affected worldwide, there are some universal precautions that every human can take to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds – sing “Happy Birthday” two times to help pass the time. Minimize time spent outside of your home – other than outdoor activities that you can do away from other people. Continue to take steps to strengthen your immune system like getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, and exercise while avoiding overly-vigorous activities. When you have to be in public settings, wear gloves when going into grocery stores, gas stations or doctor’s offices. Dispose of the gloves upon leaving each location. Use disinfectant regularly on all surfaces, doorknobs, electronic devices and lightswitches – our caregivers will assist you! Regular use of hand-sanitizer in addition to hand-washing is also strongerly recommended to stop the spread of COVID-19.
According to the American Heart Association, people who have heart disease or who have survived a stroke are at greater risk if infected with COVID-19; based on current information, it appears elderly people with coronary heart disease or hypertension are more likely to be infected and to develop more severe symptoms. Stroke survivors may also face an increased risk for complications if they contract COVID-19. Use extreme caution when coming in contact with anyone in your life that falls under those categories of risk. When in doubt, social distancing is best.
Assessing, Testing, and Reporting COVID-19 in Nevada
Knowing what to do if you think you might be infected can reduce a lot of the anxiety surrounding this virus. Below are the guidelines offered by the State of Nevada if you begin to feel symptomatic.
Diagnosing COVID-19 in Nevada
Outlined here are clear steps have been developed for symptomatic individuals in Clark County.
- If you begin feeling symptomatic, call your healthcare provider to discuss symptoms before arriving at the facility.
- Once a healthcare provider recommends you visit a facility, go directly there to discuss potential exposures and have your symptoms assessed.
- If the provider believes you have been infected, they will immediately isolate you and contact the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) epidemiology program.
- Your healthcare provider will then collect and package your COVID-19 test.
- The provider will complete the required Southern Nevada Public Health Laboratory (SNPHL) forms and note the Person(s) Under Investigation (PUI) number.
- SNPHL will receive the specimen and begin testing that will take up to four hours.
- SNPHL will report results to your healthcare provider, SNHD epidemiology program, and state health department.
- If positive, a test is considered “presumptive” and will be sent to CDC for confirmatory testing.
- SNHD will conduct a full epidemiological investigation immediately and you will remain in isolation.
- CDC will take up to 72 hours to complete the confirmatory testing once they receive the specimen.
- CDC notifies the SNPHL of the results and SNPHL notifies the SNHD and State Chief Medical Officer of the results.
We’ll get through this together
We hope that learning these guidelines has provided some relief and confidence that your loved one receiving in-home care is still in the safe hands of our caregivers. We are available to answer any questions and address your concerns related to COVID-19 in Nevada or any other care-related matters. Whether you are already working with us or have recently developed a need for in-home care, please contact us at 702-564-2979.