19th March 2020
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ OCIL POLICY IN RELATION TO COVID-19
Communication to all OCIL/OPAS Personal Assistants/ Support Workers
What are OCIL doing?
- COVID-19 working group established to monitor the situation continuously- led by The Chairperson, Management Team & Staff.
- Actively communicating with the HSE at local and National Level.
- Monitoring Public Health updates and acting accordingly.
Main Facts to consider
• Not everyone will be infected by the virus.
• Many of those infected experience mild symptoms.
• Children are less likely to be affected
• Older people and those with existing health conditions such as Diabetes, Heart Problems and Respiratory problems are the most vulnerable.
• Estimates for the mortality rate vary a little, but it is mostly thought to be 2% or less.
• The means of transmission must be fully identified: contact with an infected person seems necessary.
• If you have a specific concern check the HSE Website for information on www.HSE.ie or www.HPSC.ie where there are regular updates relating to COVID-19 in Ireland
If you do have symptoms of COVID-19
➢ You should phone your doctor or emergency department (ED) immediately.
➢ Do not visit a doctor or ED. Phone them first. This is so you do not accidentally put other people at risk. If you do not have a doctor, phone 112 or 999.
➢ Tell them about your symptoms. Let them know you have been to a country or region with a spread of COVID-19.
➢ If your doctor thinks that you need to be tested, they will tell you where the test will be done. They will also tell you when to expect results.
➢ They may tell you to self-isolate.
➢ This could be before you get tested for COVID-19 or while you wait for test results. If you must self-isolate, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people. You need to do this for as long as you have symptoms. It is important to follow the advice for the full time you have symptoms.
➢ Avoid contact with other people by self-isolating.
Please ensure to inform your employer
If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19
For 14 days after your return from the affected region, please monitor yourself for the following symptoms (Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath, Difficulty Breathing) and record them each day.
• You should continue to attend work.
• You should always remain contactable by phone.
- Wash your hands well & often to avoid contamination.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing & discard used tissue.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you feel that you are developing symptoms of COVID-19, you should phone your doctor or emergency department (ED) immediately. If you feel that you are developing symptoms of COVID-19, you should phone your doctor immediately.
We will continue to maintain constant contact with you.