COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update

Project Insight administrative staff is closely monitoring the ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus Covid-19. We know these are uncertain times and that things are constantly changing. Words cannot express our gratitude to/for our DCWs/Caregivers continuing to provide essential services in the field and for our client families that have been so understanding in these challenging times. Now more than ever open communication and cooperation will be indispensable to the ongoing health of our community. We are doing everything we can to insure the continued delivery of safe and quality services. We are taking a no risk approach to caregiver and client illnesses, especially for those with underlying respiratory conditions. Please let us know if you or a family member have been diagnosed, or are even just feeling sick. For some of our members it could be a matter of life or death. For the time being PI offices will have reduced hours and visits by appointment only. We are still open! Just please call ahead. At this time there has been no general guidance on HCBS hours from DDD. That means that unless you have contacted us to cancel or we have reached out to you individually your services should continue as normal. 

One of the things we are hearing most often is a widespread need for hygiene and sanitary products. While we do have some supplies available through Angie’s Corner, we are experiencing the same purchasing issues as all of you. We are working on a solution to provide some of these items to our families free of charge and will update more as new information is available. If you have any information on a supplier of bulk quantities of cleaning supplies and paper products we would love to hear from you.  For the time being if you are completely out of an essential personal hygiene or sanitary product please contact the office as we may be able to help.  Below you will find helpful information 

There have been a number of changes to state and federal laws regarding sick time and unemployment. Many of them have yet to be fully explained or implemented. PI staff are awaiting further guidance from the federal government on how this may affect us. For the time being we have sent this FFCRA notice to all of our caregivers noting changes to FMLA law. We will continue to update as we receive information. If you have a question about how your services or work may be impacted by these laws please call the office. If you have questions about how these laws may impact you in a non-work related way please see the links to official sources below.

WASH YOUR HANDS. Avoid touching your face (or client’s face) with unwashed hands.

If you are an employee or client and feel sick, please notify PI immediately. 

Please call the office if you intend to come by so we may assure a safe environment.

If you, out of an abundance of caution, wish to suspend or make changes to services at any time please contact the office.

Resources 

Food Assistance 

If you have a child enrolled in public school, check with your district for meal distribution sites. 

  • Tucson Unified School District: Call 520-225-4700 or click here  to view a list of locations/times 
  • Amphitheater School District: Call 520-696-5000 or click here to view a list of locations/times 
  • Sunnyside District: Call 520-545-2000 or click here for a list of locations/times 
  • Marana District: Call 520-682-3243 or click here for a list of locations/times 
  • Ray Unified School District: Call 520-3635642 or click here for a list of locations/times 
  • Prescott Unified School District: Call 928-445-5400 or click here for a list of locations/times 

For assistance finding a food bank near you, click here

To apply for Nutrition, Cash and Medical Assistance, visit Health-e Arizona, or call (855) 432-75879671

Wifi Hotspots and Internet Access 

Comcast Internet Essentials: no contract internet service for eligible families for $9.95 per month with the first 2 months free due to the current crisis. Apply here 

Xfinity Hotspots: Xfinity has established free internet hotspots. For instructions on how to access, go here. Xfinitywifi Cox is offering one month of free internet to eligible families ($19.99 per month after). Apply here and be sure to select the “emergency response” option.  

Income Assistance 

If you have lost income due to COVID-19, you may file for unemployment assistance here 

For Information on how the COVID-19 related laws might impact your finances, visit the IRS page 

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 listen to the advice of your doctor and check these CDC guidelines:  

What to Do if You Are Sick 

10 Ways to Manage Your Respiratory Symptoms At Home 

What You Need To Know About the Coronavirus Disease Fact Sheet 

For complete information regarding Arizona’s response to COVID-19:

Check out the Arizona Department of Health Services page 

Call the COVID-19 State Hotline: 1-844-542-8201 and you will be connected with a healthcare professional who can answer questions about testing, symptoms, and other Coronavirus-related questions. 

For additional information from the US Department of Labor regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act