Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.  The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. If you develop a fever or cough or have difficulty breathing, or have had close contact with someone who has had a presumptive positive or confirmed positive COVID-19 test result, please seek medical attention by calling your provider’s office. For more information regarding the coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
The Samaritan Behavioral Center is committed to providing our patients and the community the latest information on the coronavirus and we are taking every measure to protect the health and safety of our patients, staff and our community.  To that end, the following have been implemented.
Samaritan Behavioral Center Facility Services and Programs Update
  • Our facility is fully operational. We are monitoring for symptoms in patients and staff. We are taking proactive steps to keep our patients and team members safe while serving the needs of our community. We are actively monitoring and responding to all recommendations made by the CDC and our local regulatory and health authorities.
  • We have implemented additional training for all employees on hand-washing and hand sanitation, and strict employee and client compliance with washing/sanitizing hands thoroughly and often.
  • We have increased the frequency of the required cleaning and sanitizing of our facility, including intake rooms, surfaces and common areas.
  • All healthcare providers who have contact with the patient will be required to use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), pursuant to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 guidelines.
  • Visit the CDC website for more information >>
Visitation Policy – Visitation Has been temporarily suspended.
  • Only essential personnel will be permitted to enter the hospital and will be subject to screening for COVID-19 symptoms, including temperature checks.
Preventative Measures
The CDC recommends the following preventive measures:
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after using 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 60–95% alcohol.
  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms.
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face-mask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including coronavirus.  You should only wear a mask if a health care professional recommends it or if you have the virus and are showing symptoms.
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