Information about Coronavirus and Gilda’s Club Westchester
Dear Members and Volunteers of Gilda’s Club Westchester,
Gilda’s Club Westchester (GCW) is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation affecting communities across the country. We understand the increased level of public concern caused by the rising number of confirmed cases locally and nationwide and the uncertain nature of the virus.
The health and safety of our members, volunteers and staff is always our top priority. GCW is following all recommendations put forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and New York State Health Department.
We are asking that members, volunteers and staff follow our sick policy (see below) to help keep our community healthy. We also ask that visitors adhere to the guidelines developed by the CDC for preventing the transmission of respiratory diseases:
- Stay home when sick. Do not return until you are fever and symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Members, volunteers and staff who are exhibiting any symptoms of illness will be kindly asked to go home. If you or a family member believes they may have been exposed to the COVID-19 (coronavirus), please refrain from visiting the clubhouse.
Gilda’s Club Westchester’s clinical staff is prepared to offer telephone counseling to members who are in need and cannot visit the clubhouse. Please contact the clubhouse and ask to speak with someone in the program department and they will assist you. If you are a group support member and are unable to attend group in person, please be advised that we are in the process of establishing a procedure where you can join your group by telephone.
The situation relating to COVID-19 continues to evolve, and we will continue to provide updates as they become available. For more information on COVID-19 and ways to protect yourself and your family, please visit the links below.
Center for Disease Control
2-1-1 – https://www.211unitedway.org/
GCW SICK POLICY
Gilda’s Club Westchester (GCW) cares about the health of its members, volunteers, staff, guests, and the community. We at GCW are very mindful that some individuals may have compromised immunity and should avoid unnecessary exposure to those that are ill. In order to help prevent the transmission of contagious illnesses and conditions, GCW has adopted the following policy to reduce the risk of illness transmission.
It is the policy of GCW when an employee or volunteer feels unwell, especially when s/he has a fever, employees and volunteers should not come to work, but should stay home.
We also request that all members and guests stay home when ill or experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
- Unusual fatigue
- Diarrhea and vomiting
Please keep the above policy in mind for your children and teens, who are involved with activities at GCW.
It is GCW’s policy to follow the protocol of the Centers for Disease Control which provide that people with influenza-like illness should remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100 degrees F) or signs of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
Employees or volunteers who report to work ill may be sent home in accordance with this policy and the CDC health guidelines.
GCW Head Lice & Bed Bug Policy:
If you or your children exhibit signs and symptoms related to head lice or bed bug exposure, it the policy of GCW that adults and children do not attend activities at GCW until symptoms are successfully treated. We recommend adults and children not attend activities at GCW for at least one-week post symptoms; we may ask for documentation that head lice and bed bugs have been successfully treated.
In order to protect our members, volunteers, staff and the community GCW reserves the right to not allow anyone exhibiting symptoms of illness to attend GCW activities.
Jen Scully, ATR-BC
Sr. Director of Program Administration/Acting Executive Director
Gilda’s Club Westchester