Update to case of individual testing positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) at PRIDE’s North Sacramento facility


March 15, 2020


Dear staff, employees, caregivers, and program participants of the North Sacramento PRIDE facility,

This is an update to the call you received on March 13, 2020, about the individual receiving services from our North Sacramento PRIDE facility who tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

PRIDE executives continue to work with county health officials for guidance on how best to protect the safety of everyone associated with the North Sacramento PRIDE facility.

To ensure ample time to clean, disinfect, and validate the safety of the facility, the facility may remain closed until March 30, 2020. If we are able to open the facility safely prior to March 30, we will communicate that to you.

For PRIDE staff, in addition to the health-related guidance below, should you experience symptoms such as cough, temperature above 100.4 degrees F (or 38 degrees C), or any difficulty breathing, please inform your manager immediately.

For caregivers and PRIDE program participants, should you experience any of the above symptoms, immediately contact your Case Manager or Rehabilitation Manager Mary Grimes at (916) 813-1649 or at mary.grimes@prideindustries.com.

According to Sacramento County (El Dorado, Placer, and Yolo counties have consistent advisories), it is no longer necessary for a person who has been in contact with someone with COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days if they are not showing symptoms. However, if you develop symptoms such as a cough, temperature above 100.4 degrees F (or 38 degrees C), or have difficulty breathing, you should stay home in order to protect those who are well.

Public health officials recommend the following:

• Those with cold-like symptoms who can manage their symptoms at home with over-the-counter medications should do so, regardless of whether they have a cold, the flu, or COVID-19.

• If you need to see a healthcare provider for non-urgent care or advice, we encourage you to use telehealth, if available, which provides doctors’ appointments conducted over the phone, email, or video and do not require an in-person visit.

• If you feel you have an urgent situation and need to see your healthcare provider, on the way to see your provider call ahead so they know you are coming.

• You should only call 911 or go to an emergency department if you believe that you are extremely sick, or your life is in imminent danger. Other emergencies are still occurring, and emergency resources must be available to address all of them, not just COVID-19

We are monitoring this situation closely and are keeping updated with public health announcements. However, these details are provided on an informational basis only and are not intended and should not be relied upon as medical advice. Please, if any employee is displaying symptoms, seek the opinion of a licensed medical doctor immediately.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidance on preparing your household to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We recommend that you review this guidance and follow the necessary precautions.

The federal and state governments are working to immediately approve funding for several new pay and benefit laws to provide financial support for people who are impacted by COVID-19. PRIDE is monitoring those benefits as they become available and will share those with you in subsequent communications.

During this time, employees who are sick may use available sick pay first, and if that is not available, or you do not wish to use sick pay, then you may use available vacation pay. The use of vacation pay is an exception to our current policy that PRIDE is permitting temporarily and will expire on June 30, 2020, unless extended further. We are also working on additional pay and benefits policy guidance to assist all of PRIDE’s employees in navigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the latest PRIDE updates related to the Coronavirus emergency, please visit prideindustries.com/coronavirus.

For general questions or concerns, please contact Chief Rehabilitation Officer Vic Wursten at (916) 813-4337 or vic.wursten@prideindustries.com or contact Rehabilitation Compliance Manager Dawn Horwath at (530) 648-4047 or dawn.horwath@prideindustries.com.

We are hopeful that all those affected will make a full recovery, and we are committed to keeping you fully informed as the situation evolves.