. Dear Fellow Staff:

As the health and safety of all individuals, students, faculty, staff, and visitors is a critical priority, NCIA continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and has been actively engaged in reviewing the emergency operations and response strategies since the onset of the virus.

NCIA has set up a Health Updates Page in order to provide all information and updates in one location. That page can be found here: http://www.ncianet.org/ncia-health-updates/.

The following actions are in place effective immediately:

  • No travel that is not considered vital to operations by any NCIA employee for the next 60 days.
  • Suspension of all attendance by NCIA staff to any meeting or conference with more than 25 people expected for the next 60 days.
  • If any staff member has visited an area within the past 14 days that is “high risk” according to the CDC, they should notify their supervisor and be prepared to self-quarantine.
  • Travel to CDC Level 3 countries are prohibited. All non-essential international travel is prohibited. AS OF 3/16 this includes China, Iran, South Korea

    Europe (Schengen Area): Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, United Kingdom and Ireland: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland. 

  • Complete travel information from the CDC can be found by clicking here.

New Guidance for Long-Term and Continuing Care Communities. 

Governor Hogan met with leaders from the long-term care community, which includes nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and retirement communities, to ensure that the administration is working in close coordination to ensure the health and safety of Maryland seniors.

“Older people and those with underlying health conditions are much more vulnerable and at a significantly higher risk of contracting this disease,” said Governor Hogan. “Nursing homes and retirement communities are the areas of greatest concern. This truly is an all-hands-on-deck operation and it is going to get worse before it gets better.”

NCIA should follow these guideline as we have a number of elderly clients.

Older people and those with underlying health conditions are at a significantly higher risk from COVID-19, with morbidity and mortality rates that are three to five times higher than most flu seasons. Governor Hogan announced that the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is issuing new guidance for facilities that serve older people:

  • Restrict access to essential visits only.
  • Restrict activities and visitors with potential for exposure.
  • Actively screen individuals entering the building and restrict entry to those with respiratory symptoms or possible exposure to COVID-19.
  • Require all individuals entering the building to wash their hands at entry.
  • Establish processes to allow remote communication for residents and others.
  • Prohibit all staff from international travel.

Read the Health Department’s guidance to facilities that serve older people here.

These practices should be applied to the programs of NCIA. If you have any questions please feel free to contact your direct supervisor or NCIA’s HR Director, Sandra Mock-Myers.

Thank you for doing your part to help keep our community and clients safe, and for supporting one another as we get through this challenge together.

 

Herb Hoelter

CEO