State and Local Public Health Updates and Reminders for Providers

Alliance for Kids is sharing the following updates and reminders from El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH).

Exclusion and Exposures: Please continue to use the attached document for exclusion from care, but remember to contact EPCPH if there has been a potential exposure to any children, staff or family members. EPCPH will offer guidance and assist through the process of exclusion, to avoid any further spread or a potential outbreak.

Face Coverings: The Public Health Order requiring all employees of Critical Businesses to wear face coverings was extended and amended to remain in effect. This extended the requirement for employees who “work in close proximity to other employees or with the public to wear a medical or non-medical face covering… Workers who may routinely or consistently come within 6 feet of other workers or the public are considered to be in close proximity to others and must wear a medical or non-medical face covering that covers the worker’s nose and mouth, unless doing so would inhibit the individual’s health.”

  • Day camps should follow guidance given in Appendix J of the Public Health Order.

Maintaining Cohorts: Groups of children should not be mixed or combined throughout the day or the week, if possible, so that individuals are not mixing and changing from one group to another, including during outdoor play. Staff are to remain with the same group of children. Limiting child to child interaction to a fixed, known group not only helps prevent spread of the virus between larger populations of children, but is also a critical tool in limiting the number of students potentially exposed which require quarantine and exclusion from care for 14 days.

Preschools in Schools: Until further guidance is released by CDPHE for schools, it is unsure if preschools that are operated through the district will fall under the operational guidelines of schools or child cares. When more information is available, it will be distributed.

Virtual Regular Inspections: EPCPH is conducting virtual regular inspections for facilities that have an overdue health inspection and are in need of an up to date inspection due to a licensing requirement. Please contact Melissa Rogerson (or the EPCPH office) to schedule the virtual inspection, when it is needed. EPCPH can be reached at (719) 578-3199 (Option 3 for Environmental Health).

Pre-Operational and Room Change “Inspections”: EPCPH has implemented a virtual process in order to provide approval of new spaces. The new facility application and applicable fees must be processed prior to the inspection process. You can find the application here.

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The following guidance on hand sanitizer is being shared by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

There has been an increase in the use of hand sanitizer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to make you aware of some recent concerns with the use of hand sanitizers and reminders about the appropriate use in child care facilities.

  • The Food and Drug Administration has issued recalls for some hand sanitizers, check their list. If you have one of these products, stop using and dispose of it immediately; do not flush or pour them down the drain.
  • Hand sanitizer should only be used when running water and soap are not available.
  • Hand sanitizer may be used in addition to handwashing but not in place of when there is access to running water and soap.
  • Hand sanitizers must only be used by children ages 3 and older and all children must be supervised during its use.
  • Only use hand sanitizers for their intended purpose – to clean hands.
  • Hand sanitizer must always be stored inaccessible to children.
  • Do not swallow any alcohol-based hand sanitizers. These chemicals are not intended for human consumption and can lead to serious health issues, including blindness or death.

If you have swallowed alcohol-based hand sanitizer or rub or are experiencing symptoms from repeated use of these products on your skin seek immediate medical attention. Contact your poison center (1-800-222-1222) for advice. Signs and symptoms include headache, blurred vision or blindness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, loss of coordination, and decreased alertness.

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