Coronavirus Outbreak
Resources and Webinar Opportunity
"Despite increased testing in our communities, the NH DHHS has not yet identified any widespread transmission in NH nor individuals who test positive without clearly identified risk factors (e.g. travel or contact to a confirmed COVID-19 case). Any person who develops fever or respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) should stay home away from others and seek health advice by phone from a healthcare provider to discuss symptoms and any risk factors for COVID-19." Bureau of Infectious Disease Control

Given the increasing numbers of infections globally and around the United States, all persons should:
  • Stay home and avoid public places when sick (i.e. social distancing)
  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Avoid being within 6 feet (close contact) of a person who is sick
  • Avoid sharing drinks, smoking/vaping devices, or other utensils or objects that may transmit saliva
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces

Resources:
Our national affiliate, Child Care Aware® of America, is closely monitoring the situation around the Coronavirus outbreak. They have created a series of blog posts to help the field understand, plan for and help their community with this virus. Each Thursday, they are posting a blog post with the latest information around the virus. Check out the three published posts:  
Register for the FREE COVID-19 webinar for early childhood educators and child care programs on March 20, 2020.
Most of us are not prepared for the impact of COVID-19. While we may have heard tips to mitigate the spread, you may be scrambling to figure out the many other details that will impact your program’s business. It’s time to take a deeper dive into all aspects of disaster preparedness including policies and procedures, health considerations and the long term consequences of possible program closures.  Join this urgent and important  webinar presented by  Julie Looper Coats  and  Jessica Rose-Malm  from Child Care Aware of America to organize your thinking and planning. Child Care business expert,  Tom Copeland  will also help you begin to plan how to handle tuition and subsidies, obligations to staff members, insurance (or lack thereof) and many other consequences.

Child Care Aware of NH is a statewide Child Care Resource and Referral Program powered by Southern New Hampshire Services. The preparation of this email was financed under a Contract with the State of New Hampshire, Department of Health and Human Services, Division for Economic Housing Stability, Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration with funds provided in part by the State of New Hampshire and the US Department of Health and Human Services.