The AZNHA board of directors have been working diligently to gain up-to-date information as it is released and, in turn, send it to our members. However, we realize that with all the email communications circulating around, you may miss some very important information. We will do everything possible to keep the content on this site current.
Information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
regarding Testing and Test Kits
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the first at-home COVID-19 test kit. The move could improve corona virus testing for in-home care workers and their patients moving forward. For now, health care workers and first responders who have potentially been exposed to the virus — or those who are showing symptoms Read More
In the above article, a particular type of Test Kit is mentioned. Read more
In this section we will be posting questions from members and the best responses we receive for that question. Please check back frequently as new information will be added as it comes in.
Question: Any feedback from folks on taking COVID19 positive clients?
Answer: This is a tough one. The EPDPA group had a discussion about this recently and I think the conclusion was that it is up to each agency in accordance with their own risk management policy. Some expressed the general view that they would not care for clients with COVID 19 and already have existing policies prohibiting care for clients with contagious conditions (such as MRSA or C Diff). Others expressed willingness to care for COVID 19 patients, especially in a crisis when the health care system may need us for this and we can demonstrate our value. In the latter case there would be a clear need to have the right PPE AND training for the caregivers. An in between position for those that do ALTCS services would be to limit care for COVID-19 to situations where the caregiver is a family attendant.
Crisis Response Network and 2-1-1 Arizona, in partnership with the Office of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, the Arizona Department of Economic Security and the Arizona Department of Health Services, announces new COVID-19 Hotline with additional information and referrals to resources accessible statewide via 2-1-1 Arizona and operating from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days per week. Visit¨https://www.crisisnetwork.org
Legal Information from Bob King, Atty.
Bob King has been a keynote speaker at our last three conferences and keeps us up to date on the legal side of our industry. He was kind enough to prepare this document addressing the legal side of the FMLA and Paid Sick Leave concerns. Bob will keep us updated on any changes as he receives them.
Littler News & Analysis 3.18.20
Coronavirus (COVID-19) poses particular concerns for employers for several reasons, beyond the obvious need to protect employees who may be at risk and the need to address employee concerns. With a singular focus on labor and employment law, Littler provides legal strategies and solutions for employers of all sizes, everywhere. Littler’s website is https://www.littler.com.
Free COVID-19 Training
We care about the health of all caregivers and the clients they serve. That’s why we are making two important infection control courses available to you COMPLETELY FREE!
Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) meets a need that no one else does – providing the bridge between parents, providers, community leaders, and policymakers about anything related to child care in Arizona. For more information on how CCR&R is addressing the COVID 19 crisis, please visit https://www.azccrr.com/
Source for Supplies
We have identified 4MD Medical Solutions, in Lakewood, NJ, as a source for gloves and other supplies. We do not know the quantities currently in stock, nor do we know how stable their supply chain is or from where they are sourcing their supplies. And, AZNHA does not endorse or recommend any one company, but are only offering information and resources as they become available. For more information about 4MD Medial Solutions, visit https://www.4mdmedical.com.
As of April 6, we have been advised that this company is cancelling all outstanding orders for gloves. We do not know the current status of other PPE advertised on this website.
Another source for supplies is: Pivotal Clean, 2390 E Camelback Rd., Ste. 130, Phoenix AZ 85016,
Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2
From the EPA Website: All products on this list meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Radio Show with Matthew and Pricilla
Listen to MIX 96.9 between 5 AM and 10 AM in Phoenix, and all over the map on iHeartRadio. The show features Matthew and Pricilla and they are talking with Dr. Bessell, Chief Clinical Officer of Banner Health live during their show at 7:10, 8:10 and 9:10 AM Monday through Friday.
To Listen Matthew and Priscilla have announced on their show that they will take questions on their Facebook Messenger Page
From Sen. Martha McSally Updated
May 8, 2020 newsletter sent from Sen. Martha McSally’s office re. COVID-19
HR Provider Integrity Outsource Pledging $50,000 To Help Arizona
Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19
Associate Member Integrity Outsource issued this press release outlining their pledge to help small businesses during this time.