In these rapidly changing times, we at Turning Point want to extend reassurance that you are not alone. Governor Newsom has deemed our services are “essential” and we are committed to providing these services uninterrupted, through the use of creative problem-solving and innovative technology. To that end, staff are limiting in-person interactions in healthcare settings, and we are using remote technology to ensure continued support for healthcare professionals, patient care, and access to necessary medication and services. We continue to answer the office telephones, respond to emails, and do our best to respond quickly to the high volume of requests.
As we continue to monitor the latest updates and information about the global COVID-19 outbreak, we are also taking additional measures to ensure we safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and contracted service providers to preserve our ability to operate. We have been taking action to help prevent infections at our program sites, including a checklist for anyone who enters our facilities. Turning Point is also working with our custodial staff and service providers to ensure they are taking enhanced measures to keep our facilities sanitary. These steps include disinfecting all door handles, push bars, light switches, and high traffic areas. We are being proactive in our approaches to ensure every physical precaution is taken.
One of the strengths of the Turning Point team is the ability to “do whatever it takes” to serve people in need, and at this moment in history, we remain steadfast in that mission. We only ask for your patience and understanding as we adjust to some of our new remote working arrangements. In a time of social-distancing, we encourage you to stay emotionally connected. Together, we can continue to serve people in need.
WHAT CAN I DO?
How it spreads: There is currently no vaccine to prevent (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). It is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Clean Hands: Clean your hands often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact: Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Stay home if you’re sick
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
Cover coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
Throw used tissues in the trash.
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask
If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick. If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean & Disinfect
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Many of our programs will be directly, or indirectly affected by the spread of the virus. We rely on your support to continue to serve people in need. Please click the link below to make a tax-deductible donation to Turning Point of Central California, Inc.
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