COVID 19 (Coronavirus) is currently top of mind for most of us. We want to assure you that NHADACA and NHTIAD is taking action to both fully maintain operations. As always, our members, colleagues, and our communities are our top priorities. On March 16, Governor Sununu announced a state of emergency due to COVID-19 with a memo outlining the recommendations of NH Right to Know law RSA 91-A.- you may read those details attached. Additionally, you will find practical tips from SAMHSA with additional resources listed. On March 10, Beacon Health made announcements about billing for covered services delivered telephonically such as video/telephonic counseling (when clinically appropriate) to reduce risk. Billing will be accepted as of April 1 for dates of service beginning from March 12.
We understand the complications this outbreak may bring in carrying out the work all of us are doing. Many employers have already implemented the CDC social distancing protocols and we are learning more about how to navigate these challenges every day. In order to focus on disease prevention efforts and reduce the spread of the virus, the Right to Know NH RSA 91-A enables sharing of this important information. According to guidance issued in March 2020 by OSHA on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, everyone should engage in frequent and thorough hand washing. You should make sure to have a place available where you can wash your hands. If soap and running water are not immediately available, have readily available alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% alcohol. To summarize, CDC has identified following these steps to minimize risks to exposure;
1. Have you visited a doctor’s office or medical facility in last 14 days?
2. Have you had any contact with someone who has been diagnosed with Covid-19 in last 14 days
3. In the past 14 days, you have traveled to (or been in close contact with someone who has traveled to) China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, or any other high-risk country as identified by the CDC
4. If you believe you have been exposed to the coronavirus or if you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (including fever, cough, sore throat, and/or difficulty breathing), contact your health care provider to schedule a test, practice self-quarantining, handwashing, and limiting contact with others.
Review the guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to protect yourself from the coronavirus
Relying on the expertise of the CDC and our local health officials, we are committed to sharing information as soon as we have it to protect the health and wellbeing of our members, colleagues, and communities.
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Most kind regards from everyone at NHADACA and NHTIAD