Envision Home Health & Hospice Statement
Regarding the COVID-19 ( Coronavirus)
March 12, 2020
Envision Home Health & Hospice is committed to the safety of our patients, employees, and community. We have dedicated staff in every location who train regularly to execute the best practices for safety in situations such as this. We are monitoring all information regarding COVID-19 released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as local authorities to implement actionable guidelines as they become available.
What You Should Know
● Older People & People with Chronic Diseases at Higher Risk –
If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 (Coronavirus), you should stay home as much as possible. Stay away from others who are sick. Wash your hands often and practice good personal hygiene. For further information visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html
● Steps to Prevent Illness –
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). However, there is still a high prevalence of influenza this season and it’s not too late to get a flu shot.
- Wash your hands often with warm/hot water with at least 15 to 20 seconds of hand rubbing with the soap.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Limit nonessential travel and crowds.
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● Watch for Symptoms –
The following symptoms may appear 2 -14 days after exposure:
✔ High Fever
✔ Shortness of Breath
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:
✔ Difficulty breathing
✔ Bluish lips or face
✔ New confusion or inability to arouse
✔ Persistent pain or pressure in chest
This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
● What to Do When Sick –
If you are concerned you may have contracted the virus, your first call should be to your primary care physician. If you do not have a primary care physician, please call your state Coronavirus information line:
- For Colorado, you can call CO-HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, or email at COHELP@RMPDC.org .
- For Utah, you can call at 1-800-456-7707.
- For Washington, you can call at 1-800-525-0127.
- As another option, you can contact your local County Health Department.
● Common Questions –
For more information on other frequently asked questions and answers visit
What Envision is Doing
In response to the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are taking the below active measures to make sure we can provide services in your home safely. Envision has
- Added training and reinforcement of hand washing / hand hygiene as well as other universal precautions for infection control practices.
- Implemented of CMS guidance for infection control and prevention concerning Coronavirus for home health and hospice.
- Frequent inventory and ordering of additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- Remote staff meetings utilizing technology like videoconferencing to limit social contact.
- Health screenings of staff. Employees have been advised to stay home if they are not feeling well. Envision has paid time off and sick time programs to assist staff in staying home.
- Limited visits and contact to essential personnel.
- Updated our agency emergency preparedness plans to address infectious disease response specific to coronavirus. These are challenging times, so please feel free to contact us at 866-471-5733 with any concerns. As the situation continues to evolve, we will monitor CDC, CMS, and local health department guidance and act accordingly. We thank you for your ongoing confidence and trust. We are privileged to serve you and our communities.
Envision Home Health & Hospice Team