Coronavirus Update

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Service Update

FLIC will reopen to the public on Monday, June 29.  Staff have been working remotely, with some staff in the building for three months. Beginning Monday 6/29 we plan to provide as many services as possible through phone, email, Zoom or any other technology to minimize face-to-face contact. You can email staff members if you are already working with a particular person.

Please call us at 607-272-2433 and we will be happy to arrange the most safe and convenient method for you.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: ANYONE ENTERING THE BUILDING MUST WEAR A MASK (we can provide one if you don’t have one), and MUST FOLLOW 6 FOOT SOCIAL DISTANCE GUIDELINES. HAND SANITIZER WILL BE AVAILABLE. OUR RESTROOMS ARE FOR STAFF USE ONLY.

If you are returning or borrowing equipment, we prefer that you call before you plan to come to help us minimize contact and have staff available to assist. We have a temporary shed in the front where returned equipment should be placed for us to disinfect items before we bring them back into the Loan Closet. Return dates were extended so there is no penalty for late returns. We respectfully ask that you consider donating your deposit to FLIC to help us during these financially uncertain times.

The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program has continued to operate during the COVID19 NYS PAUSE because the services provided through these homecare programs are essential services.

If you have questions or other needs that we can help with, you can call FLIC during regular business hours of Monday – Friday 9AM – 5 PM at 607-272-2433. We can answer phonecalls and email prior to our full reopening on 6/29.

Thank you for your patience during this unusual time. We hope that all members of the community are well.

For general questions 2-1-1 operators will have the most up-to-date information and guidance provided by the Tompkins County Health Department. “2-1-1 is a trusted resource in our community, and they can ensure that the public’s inquiries are responded to in the most efficient manner,” said Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director.

2-1-1 should be used for non-medical inquiries only. Calls regarding health and medical inquiries should be directed to the Health Department at 607-274-6604. If you are experiencing symptoms, including cough, fever and shortness of breath, call your health care provider.

 

What You Need to Know About COVID-19
Novel Coronavirus
• Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause mild illnesses like a cold, to more serious illnesses like pneumonia.
• Infections with this new virus have been reported in many countries, including the U.S. For an updated list of affected areas, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus.
• The virus is likely to be spread from person to person, but it is currently unclear how easily it spreads.
• Commonly reported symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
• Most people (80%) with COVID-19 will feel like they have a bad cold or the flu. Some people will require hospitalization. People who are at most risk for severe illness are elderly or have other health conditions.

How should New Yorkers Protect Themselves?
New Yorkers should go about their daily lives, but take certain precautions:
• Get the flu shot—it’s not too late. Although the flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19, it will help prevent the flu which has similar symptoms to this coronavirus.
• Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands).
• Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
o Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
o Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• If you feel sick, stay home.
• If you have fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, and recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread of coronavirus, or have been in close contact with someone who has recently traveled to any of those areas, go to your doctor.
• If you have these symptoms, but no travel history, stay home and call your doctor.
o Hospital staff will not ask about immigration status.
o If you need connection to a health care provider, call 311.
o You can also contact ASL Direct via Video Phone: 646 – 396 – 5830
This is a rapidly changing situation. Please check nyc.gov/health/coronavirus for the latest updates.

Please see below for a video in American Sign Language that highlights important information on the Coronavirus. To assist us in getting the word out, please share the following video link within your network.

What You Need to Know About Coronavirus (ASL Video)

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