Coronavirus (COVID-19) Announcement

At Cornerstone of Recovery, we take the safety of our patients, employees, and visitors seriously.  We routinely practice all recommended Universal Precaution measures to prevent the spread of any infection and we are actively cooperating with any and all community resources, in addition to the specific steps sanctioned by the CDC and WHO, due to the recent Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).

The health risk of the virus appears to be comparable to that of influenza, which many of us have experienced.  It presents a threat due to its newness, its contagiousness, and the lack of a vaccine or a clear treatment plan.  As a precaution, we are taking measures for any patient with cold or flu symptoms and presenting a temperature. Should a case of COVID-19 be diagnosed, designated quarantine protocols will be followed.

Our admissions department is proactively pre-screening patients, and family members for possible exposure to or symptoms of COVID-19.  For the time being, in-person visits at Cornerstone of Recovery, or its sister facility, Stepping Stone to Recovery, will be kept to a minimum.   Additional measures to accommodate contact between patients and visitors via phone calls and/ or other virtual visitation methods are being made available.  In an effort to minimize risk, we are notifying any transfer facility or organization as to the symptoms of a respiratory infection that may exist in cases involving discharge.

The CDC has instructed that alcohol-based hand sanitizers are the most effective products for reducing the number of germs on the hands of healthcare providers.  While we maintain compliance with all recommendations, we also recognize that in our population having a high percentage alcohol-based product can lead to misuse or abuse.   We have also found that these alcohol-based products can trigger a patient to relapse.   Because of this, we will utilize a hand sanitizer that contains Benzalkonium Chloride as the active ingredient.   We stand firm in following the CDC and WHO recommendation regarding hand washing with proper time and technique as the best line of defense from any respiratory infection.  Housekeeping staff has been directed to sanitize all areas where patients reside twice daily, using bleach and Clorox products.  Additional hand sanitizer stations have been set up, either immediately contained, or in the direct vicinity of all common areas across all locations.

We have taken steps to re-educate all Cornerstone of Recovery and Stepping Stone to Recovery staff on the use of PPE (personal protection equipment) to prevent the spread of germs.  All companies that supply contracted workers have been advised of the need to prevent workers from being onsite at Cornerstone of Recovery or Stepping Stone to Recovery while sick.

We understand that we have a responsibility to do our part to limit the spread of illness, and are taking all necessary steps we can to keep our staff, patients, and families healthy and safe, while minimizing panic. We are committed to monitoring the situation, and openly communicating with you on our action plan.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Steve McGrew, CEO/ President