Pathways treatment center’s top priority is our clients and staff. Because of this, we want our clients and staff to be safe from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). We will follow guidelines for how to handle signs and symptoms that are provided by the department of health. Pathways staff has been educated about monitoring any signs and symptoms and reporting them to medical personnel. The medical staff has ensured that they are following the department of health and CDC guidelines and will report any incidents to their local health department.
We are currently accepting patients in our residential and intensive outpatient programs. We also are taking increased precautions.
Pathways’ full-scale infection control plan including the following:
• Increased housekeeping procedures for infection control.
• Pathways has purchased additional sanitary supplies including antibacterial soap, hand sanitizers, antimicrobial wipes, bleach, and disinfectant sprays.
• We have increased cleaning and maintenance for a complete and thorough wipe down of all surfaces in the residential program and common areas. The staff has been instructed to perform continuous disinfection of surfaces and other areas where infection can be transmitted, i.e, doorknobs, light switches, etc.
• All employees have been instructed to stay home if they have any signs or symptoms of being ill. Employees who report to work ill will be sent home in accordance with these health guidelines.
• Employees planning to travel out of the country are required to contact human resources in advance to discuss possible restrictions in Quarantine’s mandated by CDC guidelines
• Due to the nature of our business telecommuting is not conducive to our work environment and our ability to serve our clients.
Currently, all employees will report to their work locations as usual we will communicate any updates as needed based on CDC guidelines.
Aside from the increased education on infection control protocols being provided, we have also set some guidelines put in place in order to limit exposure:
• Some Client outings have been temporarily postponed (this includes outside meetings) – Alternative options have been made
• Clients are urged to keep a safe distance from other persons
• Clients have been instructed to report to medical staff any symptoms… Including cough, fever, body aches, etc.
• Constant handwashing throughout the day
• Cover your cough/sneeze.
• Outside visitation will be temporarily restricted.
Clients and or visitors will not be allowed into the facility if they have any of the symptoms listed under clinical features or if they have been in high-risk coronavirus areas.
If a client does contract coronavirus, they will be isolated and quarantined on location. The client will only be handled by designated staff with the proper personal protective equipment. The local department of health will be informed so that they may come out and provide further guidance on how to best handle the individual. All suspected cases are reported to the department of health will be handling it accordingly. A deep cleaning will occur at the location that has a patient with coronavirus present. The deep cleaning includes top to bottom disinfectant and heavy antimicrobial solution as well all clients remain in their room during this time.
Upon admission to our detox or residential programs, all clients will undergo an evaluation which includes checking their temperature for fever, observation for any coughing, sneezing or respiratory issues, etc., and bloodwork on a case by case basis.