Your resource for Covid-19 information

What St. Ann's Is Doing

What is St. Ann’s doing about Covid-19?

Read an April 24 document outlining COVID-19 transfer & admission flow; plus updated definitions.

Read the April 5 announcement/overview about mandatory PPE.

Read the April 5 PPE use procedures / instructions document.

Read the April 5 PPE use guidelines for PPE in resident rooms.

Check the March 24 Hazard Pay update.

See a March 14 HR Policy Update.

See the March 14 Resident In Room Dining announcement.

St. Ann’s begins self-health checks: read our announcement. Take your survey.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 remains a hot topic, and our Leadership team has been monitoring communications from federal, state, and local health agencies.  Please know that the health and safety of our residents and staff are always a top priority. You will see signs and flyers posted around the building reminding everyone to refrain from entering if they meet risk criteria for Covid-19. Please watch for updates as they are created; updates to this page will be noted by dates.

What is Covid-19?

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Infection Control Procedures

The CDC offers procedures for healthcare, home, and others here.

Messages from the Kent County Health Department

See the latest from the Health Department here.

Prevention Guidelines

There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed. Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses

      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
      • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      • Stay home when you are sick.
      • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
      • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

FAQ List (Updated 3/14)

Q: I heard there is now hazard pay?

A: Yes, check the policy here.

Q: Are there any changes to our Human Resources policies for time, attendance, and PTO?

A: There is a policy change.

Addendum Attendance Policy

St. Ann’s will take proactive steps to protect the workplace in the event of an infectious disease outbreak. It is the goal of St. Ann’s during any such time period to strive to operate effectively and ensure that all essential services are continuously provided. In order to help keep employees healthy, prevent or slow the spread of an infectious disease outbreak, e.g., coronavirus, we are adding an addendum to our Attendance policy.

We provide Paid Time Off and other benefits to compensate employees who are unable to work due to illness. (See Attendance Policy for full details). During an infectious disease, in this case COVID-19 outbreak, it is critical that employees do not report to work while they are ill and/or experiencing the following symptoms: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people with an infectious illness such as the flu remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100.4 degrees F or 38 degrees C) or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. Employees who report to work ill will be sent home in accordance with these health guidelines.

Requests for Medical Information and/or Documentation
If you are out sick or show symptoms of being ill, it may become necessary to request information from you and/or your health care provider. In general, we would request medical information to confirm your need to be absent, to show whether and how an absence relates to the infection, and to know that it is appropriate for you to return to work. As always, we expect and appreciate your cooperation if and when medical information is sought.

Confidentiality of Medical Information
Our policy is to treat any medical information as a confidential medical record. In furtherance of this policy, any disclosure of medical information is in limited circumstances with supervisors, managers, first aid and safety personnel, and government officials as required by law.

Paid Time Off

Employees are permitted to use accrued paid time off (PTO) if employee or employee child(ren) are required to be at home due to the COVID-19 diagnosis and/or screening. If employee does not have enough PTO hours to cover time away, employee’s will be permitted to go into a “negative balance” up to 40 hours, if proper screening and reporting procedure is followed. Absences will also be excused during missed time due to COVID-19.

In the event an employee needs to remain home due to their child’s school or child-care closing employees may use their available PTO. If no PTO is available, both non-exempt (hourly) and exempt (salaried) team members will have the option to stay home without pay or go into a “negative PTO balance” up to 40 hours if deemed necessary. However, absences will still be accrued. St. Ann’s encourages employees to use the onsite child care if finding child care is an issue. Please contact Sara at to make child care arrangements.

Q:  What are the latest recommendations for personal travel?

A:  If you have upcoming travel plans, use good judgement for both international and domestic travel through April 30, 2020. We encourage you to begin contingency planning now if you choose to continue with your travel plans. Note this list of recommendations:

Personal international travel is discouraged to any CDC-designated Level 2 or 3 location.

Follow the CDC website closely to avoid areas of high risk both domestically and internationally.

These personal travel guidelines also can be used as guidance in conversations with your patients, families and friends.

If you do travel to a CDC-designated Level 2 or 3 location, you will need to follow CDC procedures:

For CDC-designated Level 3 Health Travel Notice countries, you will be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine upon your return. After 14 days, if you are asymptomatic, you can return to work.

For CDC-designated Level 2 Health Travel Notice countries, you should self-monitor every day for COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath. If you are asymptomatic, you can return to work.

Please recognize these CDC designations may continue to change at any time.

In either case, if you suspect COVID-19, seek clinical assessment from your personal physician or a “virtual health service such as Spectrum Health Now or contact your provider.

Watch for more information to come on the self-monitoring and reporting process.