Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Planning & Protocol – Last updated March 12, 2020
In response to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, APNH is working to establish
protocols and ensure preparedness for all staff, clients and community members. The objective
is to limit impacts should the virus affect our communities. As the situation continues to evolve,
APNH will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and act accordingly.
APNH has established a leadership team which will be holding daily 9:00 AM meetings to
monitor the situation and impact of COVID-19 on our staff, clients, organization and
community. Daily updates will be e-mailed to staff and board members.
The current prevention measures and policies, effective immediately, are as follows:
• All employees are strongly advised to wash their hands vigorously with soap and water,
for at least 20 seconds after using the restroom and before eating. In addition, they are
strongly encouraged to practice frequent handwashing throughout the day and keep
their hands away from their mouth, nose, and eyes.
• All employees are required to sanitize their work stations and/or frequently touched
objects or surfaces (door knobs, phones, chairs, etc.) at the beginning and end of each
• All employees who are sick or feeling under the weather at instructed to stay home
• Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, are not to come into work for at least 14
• Many staff members will be working remotely from home. Remote PC and telephone
access has been established for them.
The following APNH groups and events are canceled indefinitely:
• Aging Positively
• Women Empowered Women’s support group
• Positive Voices Mens support group
• Ryan White Region 1 Consumer group
• mPowerment Queens in Bloom fundraising event scheduled for April 18 th
Aging Positively will conduct conference calls every Tuesday and Thursday to allow for
community support and connection during this time.
• APNH is advising their clients to take the same precautions as staff (frequent
handwashing and sanitizing, staying home if sick, not touching your face, etc.)
• Any APNH clients displaying signs and symptoms of COVID-19 illness will be referred to
the proper medical care
• If clients interested in HIV testing are displaying signs and symptoms of COVID-19 illness,
APNH has the ability to give them a take-home HIV test and self-report their results.
• APNH will make every effort possible to schedule virtual interactions (phone calls, zoom
meetings, etc) with clients who are experiencing illness.
• APNH will work with clients to ensure appropriate and prompt access to their health
care providers (following the guidelines supplied by partner providers).
• APNH will work with all clients to ensure that they have an adequate supply of reserve
medication on hand, as recommended by CDC
• APNH hosts a variety of groups for clients and community members. At this time APNH
is implementing the following public health measures for any meetings that have not
1.) Each attendee will wash their hands upon arriving
2.) Each attendee will follow-up handwashing with hand sanitizer
3.) APNH will review up-to-date CDC recommendations at beginning of each
group event, including handouts
If you have any questions or are in need of any resources at this time, please contact us for
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