The Children’s Hope Alliance family is a community that looks out for one another. Thank you for embracing this commitment to one another and to the children and families we serve. We are providing this information so you can stay informed about COVID-19 and CHA.

Our Shared Obligations

At this time, each of us has a heightened obligation to safeguard our own health and the health of our community. Everyone can help by doing the following:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water (preferred to using hand sanitizer). If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer. CDC has detailed recommendations about handwashing.
  • Please do not move or take the hand sanitizer containers that our staff have placed in public places. These are there for all of us. Use them, but please do not take them.
  • Avoid shaking hands. Wave or forearm bump (or just say hello).
  • Don’t share food utensils, straws or drink from the same glass.
  • Avoid frequently touching your face (we do this 23 times an hour).
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you sneeze or cough. Put used tissues in the trash.
  • If you have symptoms of a cold or the flu (fever, cough, sneezing, shortness of breath) stay home, get rest, and contact your doctor.
  • Encourage others with symptoms to stay home. CHA people are conscientious and dedicated, so their instinct is to go to work, but please encourage them to stay home when sick.
  • If you have chronic or underlying health conditions, please consult your health care provider about any additional precautions you should take.
  • Consider the needs of populations with heightened health concerns (the elderly, people with underlying medical conditions, and people with limited access to resources) in your own decision-making.
  • If you know of someone in our community who needs help or is suffering because of this situation, please alert Human Resources.
  • If you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, it’s not too late. Flu season is not over.

If you take away one thing from these guidelines: We all need to think and operate a little differently, from the routine – for example, no handshaking – because the small actions we take, like frequently washing our hands, help to safeguard the health of our CHA family.

The Current Situation 

As with new viruses in the past, COVID-19 does not respect borders. The news stories that you see chronicle its impact. Healthcare agencies are addressing the situation in different ways, depending on factors such as their size, whether they house vulnerable populations (e.g. hospital patients), location and the epidemiological situation there, and scope of presence in other countries. But it is important to note, that at this time, the risk to the general public in North Carolina is LOW, according to Governor Cooper’s most recent announcement.

Actions CHA Has Taken:

CHA leadership continues to monitor guidance from federal, state and local public health experts. Thus far:

  • Leadership is continuing to monitor the situation, will regularly update News Items on the CHA website, and is in communication with all program managers
  • Human Resources will provide guidance for managers, assisting with topics such as sick leave and self-isolation, if diagnosed.
  • Additional hand sanitizer, OTC medications (Tylenol, Motrin, etc.) has been purchased as additional resource measures.
  • Hand sanitizer and tissues have been placed in outpatient offices.
  • Clients and families are encouraged not to participate in conferences or meetings if they are feeling ill.
  • Leadership and our Medical Director are tracking and following all public health and CDC guidance.

Travel, Conferences, and Large Gatherings

We are not asking staff to cancel domestic travel at this time, but we ask that you consider the circumstances in your destination, your personal risk with respect to this virus (e.g. underlying health conditions), and the time-sensitivity of your trip. Please monitor airline guidance and destination sites to see if they are safe. Those scheduled to travel for CHA business have the opportunity to withdraw from attending.

If you travel, please be especially attentive. You may take measures like wiping my plane seat, arms, and tray with a Clorox wipe.

If you are planning to attend a conference or large gathering, please consider the local circumstances, the size and reach of the gathering (larger gatherings that draw globally pose a greater risk), your personal risk with respect to this virus, the importance of the conference to your professional life, and whether the conference organizers are taking appropriate precautions. As always, follow the “shared obligations” listed above.