COVID-19 Updates

Incarnation Children's Center continues to respond urgently and proactively to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have taken extensive precautions to ensure the health and safety of our residents, their families and our staff.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus first detected in Wuhan, China. On March 11, 2020, The World Health Organization labeled the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic.

Infectious disease experts say most cases of COVID-19 are mild to moderate. However, it can be more severe in older adults and people with chronic health conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person and mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths, noses or eyes of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about six feet). Symptoms may occur as soon as two days and as long as 14 days after exposure. Symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, and cough. Other symptoms may include nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea.

 

Please click here for current guidelines and helpful information about COVID-19 from the New York State Department of Health (DOH).

 

If you have questions regarding COVID-19, please visit:

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/form/ask-us-a-question 

or call the public hotline Number: 888-364-3065

If you have questions regarding COVID-19 for Incarnation Children's Center Administration, please email ccastro@incarnationchildrenscenter.org.

Safety First

Incarnation Children’s Center has implemented a strict regimen of precautions since early March to prevent the spread of this virus among our residents. At ICC these include, but are not limited to: implementing a no visitor policy (including parents and guardians), having all nonessential staff work from home, requiring any essential employee to screened upon arrival for any possible Covid-19 illness symptoms and have their temperature checked twice a day, requiring all employees to wear masks and eye protection at all times while working, clean their hands frequently, practice respiratory hygiene, and observe all required/posted infection control measures. Early on, ICC suspended communal dining and group activities, and has been advising residents to remain in their rooms as much as possible.  ICC is utilizing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting materials and processes.  ICC has  maintained constant communication with the New York State Department of Health throughout this crisis and have adhered to all New York State and Center for Disease Control guidelines. 

Residents are also screened twice daily for any early warning signs or symptoms of illness, including taking their temperature.  All residents are also provided face masks to wear whenever they must leave their room and residents are also all required to clean their hands very frequently, to practice cough hygiene, and maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing (except when caregiving necessitates closer proximity).  Any resident who might have COVID-19 is immediately placed in strict isolation (in a unit separate from the main unit of other residents), and is evaluated by the MD and tested for COVID-19.  While on isolation, care is delivered by a cohorted nursing staff who practice all recommended infection control procedures, including the use of N95 respirators, have their vital signs monitored at least three times a day, and their care is overseen daily by the MD.

 

These measures have been effective in limiting the number of residents and staff with confirmed cases of COVID-19, which to date is only three; all cases were mostly mild; no one required hospitalization and there have been no deaths. We will promptly update all residents, their guardians and families, and public health officials if there are any clusters of respiratory illness, or if a case of Covid-19 is suspected or confirmed.  

We encourage parents and guardians to call the Center for updates on the status of your child. .  You can ask to speak with the MD, the Nurse Practitioner, the Nurse, the Social  Worker, or any other senior staff needed to address your concerns. Nurses are on site 24/7, and the MD and/or PNP can be paged at any hour if needed to address your questions. We understand that you are concerned about your son/daughter/grandchild/family member and that it’s difficult not to be able to visit, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation right now as per Department of Health regulations. We also understand that connecting with family and friends is incredibly important for our residents and their well-being and family members so we are encouraging connections via video chat or phone calls.

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