17 Mar COVID-19 Info and Guidance from NYSCASA
New York State is among those most affected by COVID-19. In response to this quickly evolving situation, NYSCASA is encouraging staff and colleagues to conduct business remotely whenever possible. We are encouraging staff and colleagues to follow CDC and WHO guidelines and practice social distancing wherever possible, including telecommuting and remote client sessions over phone and video. In the coming weeks we will be making announcements via email and social media of any changes or adaptations to our trainings, events, and work.
If you are in crisis and are looking for 24/7 free and confidential support, call the New York State Hotline for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence: 1-800-942-6906.
- General Inquiries, Media/Press, Development, Membership, Library, and Website Issues: Chelsea Miller, email@example.com
- Policy: Selena Bennett-Chambers, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Prevention: Sarah Podber, email@example.com
- Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA): E Bjorkman, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Enough Is Enough Technical Assistance: Angie Ritorto, email@example.com
- Campus Issues: Alissa Abbott, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Grants Compliance: Articia Hill, email@example.com
- Collaboration and Training: Chrys Ballerano, firstname.lastname@example.org
- SASP and Systems Advocacy: Josie McPherson, email@example.com
- Finance: Sandra Siciliano, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Human Resources: Sam Mitchell, email@example.com
- Executive Director: Joanne Zannoni, firstname.lastname@example.org
- NYS Department of Health: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- NYS Department of Health: Novel Coronavirus Information for Providers
- US CDC: COVID-19 Situation Summary
- US CDC: What Healthcare Personnel Should Know
- Healing Justice Podcast: Coronavirus: Wisdom from a Social Justice Lens
- Crissaris Sarnelli, MD: Preparing for and Dealing with COVID-19 Coronavirus
- NEW Futures Without Violence: Updates and Information on COVID-19, Including Resources and Information for Survivors, Communities, and Service Providers
- NEW National Network to End Domestic Violence: COVID-19: Coalition Guidance for Programs
- World Health Organization: Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19
- US CDC: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- 46 hospitals across New York State have access to telehealth services for sexual assault survivors through TeleSAFE from United Concierge Medicine. Ask the hospital you work with if they have access to such resources.
- The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) coordinated a pilot project to measure the effectiveness of telecounseling and found that this method can work with sexual assault survivors. Here are some frequently asked questions about telecounseling.
- NEW The National Network to End Domestic Violence’s Tech Safety project published guidance: Using Technology to Communicate with Survivors During a Public Health Crisis
- If you already offer telecounseling, we would love to hear from you! Email Chelsea Miller, Communications Director, at email@example.com.
- Stay informed:
- Contact and talk to your state and local health departments to confirm channels of communication and methods for dissemination of local outbreak information. Locate your county health office here.
- The Healing Justice Podcast recently hosted a webinar on COVID-19 preparation from a social justice lens. The recording provides medical information, invocations, grounding practices, and the wisdom and life experiences of people who live with chronic illnesses and disability. Click here to listen and access resources.
- Prevent transmission: While there is currently no vaccine to prevent the virus, there are steps we can all take to prevent the spread of this and other respiratory viruses.
- Stay home if you are ill, especially if you are running a fever or have early symptoms of a cold or flu.
- Cover your nose and/or mouth when sneezing or coughing, using a tissue or inside of elbow.
- Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces in your office and common areas regularly, including cell phones, telephones, keyboards, door knobs, etc.
- Practice social distancing and avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces.
- Make a plan:
- Develop a plan in case your community experiences an outbreak.
- Discuss with staff how you will maintain 24-hour coverage of hotlines, shelter services, and/or hospital accompaniment during times of crisis and change.
- Stock up on supplies, including soap, hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol), and cleaning supplies to use frequently.
- Personally: Stock up on supplies, including food and household items, so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time. Be sure to have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies to treat fever and other symptoms. Watch for symptoms and warning signs.
- Support each other:
- Care for each other in ways that make sense for you. Here are tips for advocacy, mutual aid, collective care, and personal preparation.
- Be mindful of the health and wellbeing of elders in our families and communities, as well as those community members with chronic illnesses and other health conditions, who are most at risk for complications related to COVID-19.
- We strongly encourage you to check on the health of your elders and loved ones with underlying medical conditions to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and other illnesses, as well as ensure they have extra medications, food, and other supplies on-hand in case of an emergency. However, when checking on loved ones, please take extra care to make sure you are not exposing them to an increased risk of contracting COVID-19.
Take care of yourselves and each other.