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CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19 - COALO UPDATE, 18th March 2020 BULLETIN 2

18 March 2020

We are monitoring Government and NHS websites continuously for updates and changes. These are discussed at our daily CERT meetings, and we will be posting daily updates copies from the relevant sources on this website. On occasion there may be more than one daily update. We will be using Service Connect to notify site-based staff that there is an update, and emailing the updates to office-based staff

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

There is no Government specific guidance published for maintenance operatives, so we are using guidance for care workers who come into personal contact with people with COVID-19, which will be much closer to that which our staff will experience.

If the individual being cared for has symptoms of COVID-19

If the individual receiving care and support has symptoms of COVID-19, then the risk of transmission should be minimised through safe working procedures.

Personal protective equipment

Care workers should use personal protective equipment (PPE) for activities that bring them into close personal contact, such as washing and bathing, personal hygiene and contact with bodily fluids.

Aprons, gloves and fluid repellent surgical masks should be used in these situations. If there is a risk of splashing, then eye protection will minimise risk.

As long as you wash your hands frequently, as a minimum when you leave the property, wear gloves whilst in the property, the risk of transmission will be minimised. If you are undertaking plumbing work you should wear your goggles to avoid splashes going into your eyes and masks to avoid splashing to mouth and nose.

Workplace, office and other business locations

“What to do if someone develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) on site

If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature in the business or workplace they should be sent home and advised to follow the stay at home guidance.

If they need clinical advice, they should go online to NHS 111 or call 111 if they don’t have internet access. In an emergency, call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk. Do not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.

If a member of staff has helped someone who was taken unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they do not need to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves. They should wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after any contact with someone who is unwell with symptoms consistent with coronavirus infection.

It is not necessary to close the business or workplace or send any staff home, unless government policy changes.”

Coalo will keep monitoring the Government response page for the latest details.

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