As you all know we have had a rise in the number of cases in COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus Disease throughout California. Here are the guidelines we in place regarding prevention and screening of patients coming into the facility to help both patients and staff.

Signs and Symptoms

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  1. Fever
  2. Cough
  3. Shortness of breath

Prevention for Patients and Staff:

  1. Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Stay home when you are sick.
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  6. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Pre-screening Patients for Admissions

We will not admit patients who have an active cough or cold symptoms at this time. Patients who have recently travelled to mainland China or Italy will also not be admitted at this time.

Patients in our Care:

  1. Temperature will be checked daily as part of routine vital signs.
  2. Any patient with a temperature of 100.4 F or above will be sent to an urgent care center for assessment and testing. (A fever is anything greater than 100.4 F).
  3. Patients testing positive for COVID-19, will be referred to our Medical Director (Dr. Small) for further steps.
    • If patients are stable (post detox, residential) then these patients will be discharged home. Risk of infecting others is too high.
    • Staff will coordinate with the patient to arrange for follow up care (mental health, addiction treatment, and primary care provider).

If the patient requires ongoing medical treatment (at risk of complications from withdrawal), the patient will be quarantined in a single occupancy room. If no single occupancy room in available or this cannot be accommodated then the patient will be transferred to a medical center or other treatment center that can accommodate.

Staff Care:

  1. Staff who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 will not come to work.
  2. Staff who are in direct contact with COVID-19 positive patients will wear a face mask and limit distance to 6 feet.
  3. Staff will continue to promote and use hand washing skills throughout the workplace.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to us.