The following information comes from the CDC:
Direct Service Providers (DSPs) include personal care attendants, direct support professionals, paraprofessionals, therapists, and others. They provide a wide variety of home and community-based, health-related services that support people who are differently-abled. Services provided may include personal care, activities of daily living, access to health services, and more. DSPs have close and consistent contact with people with disabilities and those providing healthcare support services in day and residential programs for people with disabilities. DSPs are considered to be in the same general risk category as health care personnel. DSPs are essential for the health and well-being of the people they serve. DSPs should be aware of how the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads, risk factors, and prevention actions.
- Some groups may be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- Knowing how COVID-19 spreads can help DSPs protect themselves and others.
- DSPs should follow everyday prevention actions when working with clients without suspected or confirmed COVID-19, and healthcare provider guidance for standard and transmission-based precautions when providing care for clients with COVID-19.
- Risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people providing direct care (such as DSPs and household members) for someone known to have COVID-19 because of their close contact with the infected person.
- Follow this link for more information and guidelines..