A note to our community about Covid-19

The Center for African American Health is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for our employees and helping our partners and community members to do the same. As such, we are closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak according to the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). We want to share with you the actions we are taking to help protect our employees, community and community partners.

We’ve advised our employees to follow the public health authorities’ guidance regarding hygiene and personal travel, and we’ve reinforced existing CAA Health policy encouraging employees who exhibit flu-like symptoms to stay home and consult with a medical professional.

CAA Health staff are taking every reasonable precaution to ensure the health and well-being of everyone including:

  • All CAA Health regular programming including parent education classes, diabetes education classes, and Census programs are canceled for the month of March
  • Staff are now limiting handshakes and direct contact
  • Cleaning surfaces on a regular basis with antibacterial cleansers in both the office and common areas
  • Requiring all meetings between CAA Health and Non-CAA Health staff to occur via zoom/online services
  • CAA Health is requiring anyone who is ill to work from home or make use of our paid Sick-time policy

What can you do:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. People who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility) should also wear a facemask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

We understand these changes will require very significant adjustments on everyone’s part. However, based on the strength of our bonds as a community and the good will that characterizes its members, we are confident that we will meet this challenge successfully.