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COVID-19 Readiness

posted Mar 10, 2020, 10:50 AM by Marc Donner   [ updated Mar 10, 2020, 10:52 AM ]

As we all know, there is a worldwide outbreak of a new viral disease, called COVID-19 by public health experts.

While the primary responsibility for action rests with the New York City Department of Health, the New York State Department of Health, and the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are things that the Cooperative is doing and things that you can and should be doing.

What the Cooperative is doing

1.     Beginning several weeks ago our staff secured extra supplies of disinfecting wipes and cleaning solutions, hand sanitizer and latex gloves.

2.     Staff has instituted a more frequent and rigorous cleaning process of common areas:

a.     Elevators - wiping down three times per day with disinfecting wipes the entire control panel, handrails, and marble paneling.  The call buttons on each floor are also being wiped down with disinfecting wipes.

b.    Gym, Laundry, Mail and Community Rooms – being cleaned twice per day with disinfectants. As appropriate, it is recommended you also wipe down equipment and toys prior to using them.

c.     Lobby – cleaning desk and table tops with disinfectants on frequent basis during each shift.

d.    Lobby & Basement Entry and Exit Doors – wiping down both sides of each door and knobs three times per day.

3.     Hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed at the front desk, in the Gym, the Community Room and each Laundry Room.

4.     Staff have begun to wear gloves and have been instructed to stay home if they do not feel well.  We have secured several temporary staff to fill in if we need to cover for ill staff.

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What you can and should be doing

Some common-sense things that are recommended by health agencies:

      If you are exhibiting signs of the flu (coughing, shortness of breath, body aches, fever, sore throat) or have recently travelled to an infected region and are not feeling well, please stay at home and call your health care provider or 311.  Do NOT go into the elevator unless travelling to the doctor, have staff come to your apartment or go to the AKAM office.

      Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing, not your hands.

      Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or, if not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

      Do not touch your face, especially your nose, eyes and mouth.

      Stay away from people who are sick.

      Do not shake hands.

      Clean your cell phone regularly.

Follow the guidance that can be found on public health websites:

      CDC: www.cdc.gov

      NY State Department of Health: www.health.ny.gov

      NYC Department of Health: www.nyc.gov/health

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