Hello Amatus Team,
We will continue to monitor the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and communicate with each facility to ensure that we are prepared to continue providing services to our clients. Necessary updates to the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan can be found on this page.
With additional questions contact:
Human Resources (410) 874-0578
Compliance (410) 236-7307
To Ensure the safety of our staff and patients from COVID-19 and to ensure all patients have proper medications.
- PROCEDURE: Clients: • Temperature should be taken 3 times a day for all clients, including housing • All clients should be offered a mask daily • All clients should wash their hands with soap and water every 40 minutes, and it should be logged • Clients clothes and sheets should be laundered more frequently, at the very least once a week • Groups should be limited to 10 people or less and should remain 6ft apart from one another.
- Employees: • All staff should have temperature taken, wash hands and sanitize surfaces frequently. • All employees should be offered gloves o Use gloves when serving food o UA collection o Direct contact with client closer than 6 feet o Wash hands every 40 minutes with soap and water and log • Anytime an employee leaves the facility or housing and returns the same day, temperature MUST be retaken, and hands should be thoroughly washed and logged • Facilities and Housing should be doing a deep cleaning once a week, thorough cleaning of walls, surfaces, bathrooms, bedrooms, and any common areas. • If anyone in the building tests positive for COVID-19 then the entire building should undergo a deep clean by a 3rd party vendor. • Management should ensure that the Contingency plan is up to date and has a plan for a large amount of staff being off due to illness. • Masks should be worn at all times when in populated areas of the facilities.
A resource from Amatus Human Resources
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires the Federal government to provide all of its employees with paid sick leave and, for employees who are covered under Title I of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Please read the document below. FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Federal (pdf) FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal (pdf)
A resource from SAMHSA
During this infectious disease outbreak, the Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has provided a list of tips for social distancing, quarantine and isolation. Please read the document below.
A message from Amatus Health CEO Mark Gold
To Our Dedicated Amatus Team Members: As we follow the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the global community, the health and safety of our employees and clients remains our top priority. Our company serves a population that needs us the most during this most unsettling and unprecedented time. We, as the corporate teams, hold vital functions to support and allow our front lines, our facilities, to operate and provide quality care. Because our facilities’ services are contingent on our work, our offices will remain open until mandated otherwise by governing bodies. Just as it is our mission to care for our clients and be there in time of need, it is on that same token that we take pride in caring for the needs of our employees. To that end, please:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with fixed elbow or tissue, and throw away the tissue immediately, wash hands after as well.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Do not shake hands.
Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet whenever possible.
We recognize that you may have concerns and circumstances that would make it difficult for you to work from the office. If this is the case, please reach out to your supervisor to discuss further. Depending on your role, scope of responsibilities and the reason for your absence, you may be allowed to work from home at your supervisor’s discretion. If remote work doesn’t meet the approved criteria or if working remotely is not possible, you will be asked to utilize your PTO if you do not wish to come to the office. We have amazing teams across Amatus and its companies. This moment reminds us that we’re all connected. We’re called upon to be our best selves with patience, understanding and compassion, so that we may stay committed and persevere together in all the days and years ahead. As we go forward, we’ll be sure to keep you updated, and know that we always value your questions and feedback. If you have any questions, please direct them to your supervisor. Mark Gold | Chief Executive Officer Amatus Health
A note regarding the facilities
More supplies including food, water, gloves, masks and hand sanitizer are being sent to the facilities as we continue to develop a telehealth platform. More information and details to come this week. Please contact Human Resources, (410) 874-0578, or Compliance, (410) 236-7307, with any additional questions.
Messages from COO Michael Silberman
The internal video message sent by email last week The external video posted last week on website and social media
Corona Virus Policies and Memos
Important Information to note:
All facility have supplies – (water, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and anti-bacterial soap)
We have asked all facilities use anti-bacterial wipes/solution to clean frequently touched surfaces (door knobs, counters, etc) every one to two hours intervals
Limiting visitors or tours
Alternative plans have been discussed for staff that may have difficulties with getting to work due to school closures (please discuss with you supervisor)
We encourage you to clean all “high touch” surfaces every day (counter, tabletops, phones, keyboards, tablets)
Wash your hands often and do not share personal items with others (cups, straws, etc.)
Seek prompt medical attention should you experience difficulty breathing, fever, flu like symptoms
Staff should not come to work should you experience any of the symptoms mentioned
Thank you to all our Executive Directors, Directors of Operation, Clinical Directors, Directors of Nursing, our Leaders at the Corporate office and kudos to the Compliance Team for quickly putting together the policies attached and working hand in hand with HR to get a plan of action in place for all facilities, employees and clients.