Lakeview Health Coronavirus Updates
UPDATE MARCH 13
A message from Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Lantie Jorandby:
“We take the health and safety of our patients, potential patients and staff very seriously. As leaders in the addiction treatment industry, we want to be sure we can help those seeking treatment in a time where there is uncertainty – which is why we have implemented well-established protocols aimed at mitigating the risk of an infectious disease outbreak.”
If you are currently considering treatment, here are some things we want you to know:
- Those suffering with substance use disorder have medical issues and are potentially immune compromised, leaving them at a greater risk for contracting a virus. There is no better time than the present to get treatment.
- If you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms or have a fever, please follow CDC guidelines before making the decision to travel anywhere.
Here’s what we’re doing at our facilities to reduce the risk of a potential outbreak:
Our medical and clinical teams are fully prepared to recognize warning signs and implement preventative measures to reduce risk. Effective immediately here are a few of the many extra precautions we have put in place:
- Our nursing staff will complete daily vital tests to every patient and staff.
- Patients will be sent home or to their primary care physician if their temperature is greater than 100 degrees.
- To limit the exposure possibilities, we will suspend any on-site tours and send home any staff members exhibiting flu-like symptoms.
We will continue to keep this page up to date with the latest information available. We encourage all reading this to continue to be mindful of your surroundings while in public and ensure you are following CDC guidelines.
UPDATE MARCH 3
In conjunction with our existing infection control policies, Lakeview Health is closely monitoring local, state and federal guidance regarding the coronavirus in order to enhance efforts in keeping our patients safe and healthy. Our physicians and staff are following CDC guidelines and each facility has added additional screening measures for incoming patients, such as review of travel history and current health status, in an effort to reduce those with flu-like symptoms from admitting to our facilities.
As a public reminder, the most important things individuals can do to prevent the spread of any illness is:
- Wash your hands often. Wash your hands before and after you eat, cough, sneeze, use the bathroom, and when providing care to a patient. Make sure you use soap and scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds (happy birthday song twice). If soap and water are not readily available, please use an alcohol-based sanitizer containing at least 60-95% alcohol.
- Cover your nose mouth when you sneeze or cough. Cover your mouth with a tissue; if you don’t have a tissue, use your elbow. Remember to wash your hands after you cough or sneeze.
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs often spread this way.
- Perform routine environmental cleaning. Frequently clean commonly used surfaces such as tables, doorknobs or handles, keyboards, remote controls, touched surfaces workstations and countertops. Disposable wipes are a great way to perform this preventative measure.
A top priority will always be to ensure our patients and staff are in a safe and healthy environment.