Policy UpdateCoronavirus Disease (COV ID-19) Awareness and Prevention
Policy and Procedures
Policy: It is the policy of Clean Recovery Centers to identify and address all risks associated the COVID-19 pandemic. Clean Recovery Centers is following the guidelines, recommendations, and requirements of the CDC and other local, state, and federal authorities. Per CDC guidelines, our providers will use their judgment to determine if a client or staff member has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether that client or staff member should be tested.
Procedures: The procedures outlined in this policy will remain in effect until the CDC declares COVID-19 as no longer a threat to the American public.
Our pre-screening and admissions procedures have been bolstered considerably. This includes all required pre-screening questions and examination procedures upon admission.
The following questions have been added to the pre-screening assessment:
- Have you traveled to Asia or Europe since the winter of 2019? – If yes, what countries or parts of countries have you visited?
- Have you traveled within the US within the last 14 days? – If yes, what states have you visited?
- Have you or any family members been exposed to Coronavirus?
- Are you at risk of exposure to Coronavirus?
- Are you experiencing shortness of breath, coughing, fever or other symptoms of Coronavirus and/or of a flu? – If yes, have you been tested for the Coronavirus or are you willing to be tested?
- Are you experiencing any loss of taste or sense of smell?
- The admissions areas are blocked off and sanitized before and after each admission (gloves and face masks must be worn by staff for each admission).
- Anyone wanting to admit into any component of our program that exhibits signs and symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to be tested and not permitted anywhere in the facilities.
- Should our providers determine a client or staff member requires a COVID-19 test we will utilize the tests available through the lab that we work with or send the person to the local testing facilities (whatever option ensures the fastest results).
- If a client or staff member tests positive, they will not be permitted to enter our facilities and residences and we will consult local health authorities as the best course of action. We will help such clients via telemedicine if at all possible.
- Any new or existing clients that are required to work, unless that work can be done from our facilities, will be required to live elsewhere and do telemedicine.
- Those clients in lower levels of care who were living in our sober living housing will be referred to a FARR accredited sober living home and be offered telemedicine.
- For those previously coming to the center and living at home for outpatient treatment, those clients will now be required to do their sessions via telemedicine.
Additional procedural elements implemented are:
- Visitation to the facility has been cancelled until further notice unless it is deemed absolutely necessary. Visitors, if visitation is necessary, will be pre-screened – asked about recent exposure to COVID-19, any health risks they may have, and will have their temperature taken.
- Pertinent CDC COVID-19 posters have been placed at key locations through Clean Recovery Centers facilities.
- Staff have received information and training on COVID-19 as well as preventative and containment measures that are being executed.
- Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are asked to stay home and voluntarily self-isolate for 14 days and are free of fever (100.4 degrees F or 37.8 degrees C – using an oral thermometer) and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without using fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).
- Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
- Employees who are well but have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 will notify their supervisor immediately to determine the next steps.
- Employees will refrain from all forms of human interaction (social distancing to the greatest extent possible) such as hand shaking as part of the overall effort to reduce of the risk co-contamination.
- All facilities and transportation are being disinfected a minimum of 3 times a day.
- Staff members and clients have their temperature taken daily and this is monitored.
- We have purchased face masks and are encouraging all staff and clients to wear them.
- All executive level employees will be reviewing the CDC website frequently at cdc.gov.
All executive level employees will be reviewing the CDC website frequently a cdc.gov.
Clean Recovery Centers will remain open and provide the highest level of care per the strict guidelines and requirements of the CDC and other local, state, and federal authorities.