To the Children’s Hope Alliance Family,

In an environment of heightened anxiety, I want to urge you to take steps we know can reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. As this is a situation that leaves a lot out of our control, there are steps we can take. Those include our SHARED OBLIGATIONS below.

 

PROGRAM-SPECIFIC UPDATES

There have been questions about service provision as well as our preparation for any potential cases. I hope the following information is helpful. Until further notice:

  • CHA is increasing its prevention protocols
  • No off-campus visits or visitors allowed on any CHA campus
  • In an abundance of caution, staff providing services in our Outpatient and Community-Based Services should do so via telephone or other technology – this includes CFT meetings, therapy, etc.
  • Increased food and paper supply orders have been secured

 

NON-PROGRAM UPDATES

  • Please do NOT travel unless absolutely necessary – if you have traveled out-of-state or by train, plane, other form of public transportation, please notify your supervisor
  • Administrative staff should work at home when possible, but please verify with your supervising ELT member
  • When you arrive to work at an office, please do your part in keeping the office germ-free – spray down door handles and other surfaces with Lysol at the beginning and end of the workday
  • If you have a hardship due to COVID-19 (you have contracted the virus, are caring for someone who has contracted the virus, or you’ve been affected by having school-aged children at home), please contact HR
  • Any donations should be dropped off by donors at the back door of the administration building (BSHC campus) or by the front porch of the Cannon Building (GFH) – CHA staff will disinfect all items prior to bringing them into buildings or programs

You are so appreciated for everything you are doing, for your incredible commitment to the Children’s Hope Alliance family, and for your efforts and support of one another.

 

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 (recommended over 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 class or work or practice, 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.