Covid 19 Policy

Introduction

a. This policy aims to help all staff and volunteers of the Family Connection Foundation (FCF) to be able to more effectively prevent and know how to respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

b. This policy has been prepared to guide FCF administration, office staff and the operations team, but may serve as a model for any project under FCF. However, if any project under FCF already has covid regulation policies in place, then those policies may be followed in place of this policy.

c. All staff members and volunteers working under FCF must follow the Thai government’s regulations regarding the prevention of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to help reduce the risk of infection of the virus among FCF staff and volunteers as well as their inner circle of family and friends with whom they interact.

d. FCF values the health and well-being of its staff and volunteers including their inner circle of family and friends with whom they interact.

e. The FCF office will make sure that there is a thermometer and alcohol hand sanitizer available for everyone who enters the office.


General Practice Guidelines:

a. Always provide masks for anyone entering the office, a thermometer for them to check their temperature and also alcohol gel for them to use every time they enter the office.

b. The office must be cleaned and sterilized with disinfectant cleaning products at least once a month.

c. Staff and volunteers who work in the FCF office must use an Antigen Test Kit (ATK) and must report the test results to Khun Sangdao if they find themselves to have been in any of the following circumstances:

i. Traveled to a red zone (maximum controlled area) or dark red zone (maximum strict controlled area) within Thailand

ii. Traveled to any place with higher risk of infection such as any area that the Chiang Mai public health offices declares to be a cluster (for example, any market, bar or other public place).

iii. Were in close contact with an infected person


The Foundation will send out an email to all project directors anytime it becomes clear that any staff member or volunteer working at FCF becomes infected with Covid-19. FCF will also:

i. Close the office for 3 business days in order to clean and disinfect the premises

ii. Ms. Saengdao Koocharoenthaworn will notify the village headman and appropriate public health agencies

iii. FCF Staff and volunteers will be given guidance on how to comply with government Covid-19 regulations.



Official Procedure for Staff and Volunteers Working from Home when an Outbreak Has Occurred

i. Employees should bring home with them their laptops, other equipment and any necessary documents for them to be prepared to do their work well from home as the situation could change rapidly over time.

ii. In the event that an employee is required to work from home, and yet is unable to do so, the time away from work will be considered vacation leave. If there are factors outside of the employee’s control that prevent him or her from working at home, the employee should notify Ms. Saengdao Koocharoenthaworn to discuss the situation and decide together what should be done.


3. Recommendations for employees infected with COVID-19 who are waiting for admission into a treatment facility:

3.1 If you test positive for COVID-19, you should follow the advice of the Chiang Mai Provincial Institute of Public Health, municipal health workers, the hospital or the medical facility where you were tested for COVID-19. Please follow the advice of government agencies.

3.2 It is important to stay calm and not panic and please don't blame yourself for becoming infected with COVID-19 so that you maintain good mental health. Thoroughly think through who you have been in contact with over the past 7 days (people you met with or traveled with). The Public Health staff will ask you for this information. Please provide as complete of a list as you can.

3.3 Once you find out that you are infected with Covid-19, please isolate yourself at home. (Home Isolation)

Throughout the duration of your time being infected with COVID-19, remain in isolation apart from your family and all others. Immediately gather any necessary personal belongings and appliances you’ll need for the duration of your isolation period outside your home or during home isolation if you are confined to one room in your own home.

Wear a mask to prevent the infection from spreading to the people around you.

Rub your hands with alcohol gel and/or wash your hands with soap and water often.

Clean bathrooms and surfaces often.

Clean toilet bowls and all areas that could be contaminated with phlegm, mucus, feces and urine. If possible, use a separate bathroom from non-infected individuals.

Do not eat meals with others.

Dispose of used masks and all contaminated waste in a plastic bag. Tightly close the plastic bag before disposing it into a trash can with a lid. Then wash your hands with alcohol and/or water and soap.

In cases of prolonged illness and severe symptoms, call 1669 to have emergency medical technicians (EMT) pick you up at home to receive professional medical care.


4. Additional information

a. Early signs and symptoms of COVID-19

i. runny nose, congested breathing and/or difficulty breathing

ii. Headache, sinus pain and/or spine and/or muscle aches

iii. cough

iv. sore throat

v. fever

vi. Inability to taste and smell or decreased ability to smell

b. Corona virus can be spread by:

i. Coughing and sneezing

ii. Contact with infected people

iii. Touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them followed by touching your own eyes, nose and mouth

iii. Fecal contamination (rare)


How to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

i. keep a distance of 1-2 meters between you and others

ii. Wear a mask at all times when going outside or in crowded areas.

iii. Avoid touching your face without washing your hands.

iv. If possible, cough or sneeze into your inner elbow.

v. Frequently clean surfaces that are touched often (such as doorknobs, cell phones, keyboards, etc.)

If you have to go to a government medical facility or into community isolation, please contact the Chiang Mai Provincial Health Office. The Chiang Mai Field Hospital in the 700-year-stadium is closed, but each municipal area has a community nursing unit. If you have to go to a government hospital for treatment, please prepare the necessary items as follows:

1. Medicines for chronic illness and/or severe symptoms

2. Necessary personal items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, personal medications, facial cleanser, sanitary napkins, towels, slippers, socks, etc.

3. Snacks or any food that you want to eat during your stay

4. Blankets (the state provides blankets, but if you are permitted to bring your own)

5. Water bottle or thermos

6. Change of clothes (enough for 14 days)

7. Phone and charger

8. Alcohol gel, wet wipes and toilet paper

9. Books or other entertainment


If you know you have contracted COVID-19, then call the Hot-Line 1330#14

ATK Coordination Center in Chiang Mai: 065-472-4315, 065-472-4316, 065-472-4317

Mae Hia Municipality Tel. 053-276-491