COVID-19 Update

Important Information About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

As a result of COVID-19, we have received numerous inquiries regarding our community living services.

At present, we recommend no alteration of routine community living services.

We have compiled the following list of our most frequently asked questions to keep you informed on this matter.

What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in China.

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
• fever
• cough
• shortness of breath

How can I help protect myself?

People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• 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.

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What is Brightway doing in response to COVID-19?

• We continue to monitor developments surrounding COVID-19. To optimize coordination, communications and preparedness, we have formed a company-wide, Outbreak Preparedness and Action Committee. The Committee is focusing on preparedness plans.
• Our employees are required to follow stringent infection control policies.
• We follow CDC guidance when assessing patients/clients with a fever and lower respiratory symptoms, such as coughing or shortness of breath.
• Our employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of symptoms for at least 48 hours.