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Covid-19 Updates & Policies
Stay Positive, Test Negative!
As a reminder, please do not report for work if you're feeling sick/think there may be a chance that you have COVID-19. Communication is key! Please update us if you're not feeling well and try to get a COVID-19 test as soon as you can.
That being said, we know that tests are booked days out at the moment as there is a massive shortage of both staffing and tests at testing sites. Golden Horizons is currently working on acquiring at-home testing kits to hopefully be used by caregivers like you if you're not feeling well and are unable to get a test at a testing site.
Golden Horizons also is now supplying recommended KN95 masks to caregivers for use at work. Please stop in the office or inquire about them to pick them up or for more information.
On Monday, December 27, 2021, the CDC announced changes to their COVID-19 Guidelines in response to new data and information regarding the Omicron variant. In response to this, GHEC quarantine and isolation guidelines are now changing as well.
From the CDC: “Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after. Therefore, people who test positive should isolate for 5 days and, if asymptomatic at that time, they may leave isolation if they can continue to mask for 5 days to minimize the risk of infecting others.
Additionally, CDC is updating the recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19. For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. Alternatively, if a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.”
Looking for Training?
Thank you for being diligent with your training! Providing our caregivers with paid annual training is something we feel lucky to be able to do. We are all better for it!
Access our caregiver page on training using the link below.