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This Webpage is Your VMRC COVID-19 Resource

Friday March 27, 2020: Health Advisory IV

Evening March 25, 2020: DDS released three new Directives to help our community respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The directives were:

DEPARTMENT DIRECTIVE 03-032520: ADMISSIONS TO AND DISCHARGES FROM FACILITIES UNDER THE JURISDICTION OR CONTROL OF THE DEPARTMENT
DEPARTMENT DIRECTIVE 02-032520: REQUIREMENTS WAIVED DUE TO COVID-19
DEPARTMENT DIRECTIVE 01-032520: REPORTING INCIDENTS RELATED TO COVID-19 IN SANDIS

Morning March 25, 2020: We opened the order process for masks and Personal Protection Equipment but before we could even list it on this site we had more requests than we could fulfill.  We’ll send out another alert if we get more from the Department of Developmental Services. 

March 23, 2020: DDS published the following directives to help address the COVID-19 pandemic:

DEPARTMENT DIRECTIVE 02-032320: VISITS TO LICENSED RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES
DEPARTMENT DIRECTIVE 01-032320: IMMEDIATE COVID-19 RISK MITIGATION STRATEGIES FOR ARFPSHN AND ICF/DD-CN

March 20, 2020 – Our latest communication Health Advisory III. DDS published the following directives to help address the COVID-19 pandemic:

DEPARTMENT DIRECTIVE ON PLACEMENTS IN LICENSED RESIDENTIAL SETTINGS
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES LICENSED FACILITIES FINGERPRINT CLEARANCE AND EXEMPTION TRANSFERS 

  1. March 19, 2020 (12:54 pm) – In order to fulfill the 115 vendor and family requests for the N95 Masks we’ve closed the order process. If you would like to reserve masks in the event some are not picked up or we get more contact Doug Bonnet.  Masks distributions were limited to a 3 week supply. 

March 19, 2020 (8 am) Department Directive on Requirements Waived Due to COVID-19 and Additional Guidance.   

March 18, 2020: We will be meeting with DDS tonight and we hope to have new directives for the public later this evening.

March 18, 2020: Valley Mountain Regional Center Received N95 Masks: We organized delivrey and pick up. 

(March 13, 2020) Hearing a lot on the news about Coronavirus and wondering how it impacts our community in the Valley Mountain region? As of today Valley Mountain Regional Center has no know cases of consumers testing positive for COVID-19 (March 13, 2020). This page is being regularly updated to let you know what is going on in our area and what we are doing to keep people with disabilities safe. See our FAQ page for detailed answers to your questions and our Health Advisory #2.

What Should I Do?

    • People should get the flu vaccine and flu antivirals if your doctor prescribes them.
    • Stay at home if you are sick. People who have a fever and or respiratory symptoms should not go to work or school until 24 hours after their fever ends (100 degrees Fahrenheit [37.8 degrees Celsius] or lower), without the use of medication. 
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
    • If you have a cough or sneezing wear a mask and if you’re working with someone who is coughing or sneezing offer them a mask.
    • If you do not have a mask cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve(s) – wash hands immediately after. 
    • Keep frequently touched common surfaces clean with disinfectant.
    • Try not to use someone else’s phone, desk, office, computer, or other work tools and equipment. If you must use a coworker’s equipment, consider cleaning it first with a disinfectant.
    • Avoid shaking hands or coming in close contact with people who may be ill.
    • If you live in an ICF-DDN or ICF-DDCN you are at high risk and should avoid large groups and events and you should not attend a day program as of now.
    • If you have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 contact your doctor or county public health official immediately.
If you are attending or organizing a conference or large event:
  • VMRC staff will not be attending events or gatherings larger than 20 people in attendance.
  • Ensure attendees know not to participate if they have a flu or respiratory illness.
  • Place seats at least arm distance from each other and make sure the chairs and table have been disinfected.  
  • Make sure you have soap and water available and encourage attendees to wash their hands regularly for 20 seconds.
  • Do not attend large gatherings if you have a vulnerable health condition (seniors and people with health related conditions).
  • If you are attending, wash your hands with soap at the event. 

State Resources:
Department of Developmental Services COVID-19 Advisory Resources

Governor Gavin Newsome’s State of Emergency

Worldwide Health Organization: Myth Busters