A Message from our CEO to our Valuable Team Members

March 24, 2020

March 23, 2020


Dear UCHS Team Members,

First of all, I want to thank you for all of the things you have done and continue to do to make this event less impactful for our residents and participants. Every day you go out of your way to keep them safe and happy. Your health and safety, and that of our residents, is our top priority – there is absolutely nothing more important that that!

We anticipate there will be an order issued by the State of NC and the Commonwealth of Virginia soon to Shelter in Place (if not already issued). A shelter in place order requires all non-essential businesses to close and workers to stay home.   Health care and child care providers are deemed to be essential businesses just as grocery stores and gas stations typically are.


What does that mean to each of you? The vast majority of UCHS team members are considered essential.  You all play a vital and very essential role in the care and services provided to those that we serve. We need you to be present at work now more than ever! In order for you to be prepared and allowed to travel to work each day, please do the following;

If you are a licensed or certified professional, place a copy of your current license/certification in your vehicle and/or keep a copy with you when traveling;
All employees are to keep a copy of the letter to be issued from UCHS with you when traveling. The letter will provide documentation that you work for an essential business and need to travel to/from work; and
Travel in your work uniform or scrubs, as appropriate and carry your name badge and/or business card with you (as applicable).

As a reminder, while we can limit exposure within UCHS, you have the responsibility to control the exposure in your home environment and social network. Each day you come to work, you expose everyone that you come into contact with at UCHS with the entire network of people you may have encountered off duty. If a member of your network outside of UCHS or a family member has contact with someone who was exposed, etc…, please follow the CDC guidelines.

Another tip is to be cautious of everyday items like our time clocks and gas pumps that you touch. Wash your hands immediately after clocking in/out without touching your face. Use a glove or tissue at the gas pump and dispose of it when you place the pump back in the handle, and then use hand sanitizer before touching the inside of your car.  It’s the everyday actions that you might not think of that are so important.

And with all these new tips, please don’t forget the basic tips for prevention:

Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water.
Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva, whether in your living or social environments.
Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
Perform routine environmental cleaning.
If you have a fever or flu-like symptoms, stay away from others.

Practice social distancing – remaining six (6) feet away from others and do not go to events with large gatherings of people.  Please follow the latest guidance from government officials.

You are part of the network of heroes in our society, and you are valued and appreciated now and always!

Stay Safe and Healthy!