Beach House Vaccinates Staff for COVID-19Heidi Trow
The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging on many levels, as everyone’s physical and mental health has been affected in some way by the outbreak. It is natural to be concerned about seeking out healthcare services when you want to be sure you will be safe throughout the process. The good news is that the vaccine has recently been released and distributed, which is a huge step forward. At Beach House, we are vaccinating our staff for COVID-19, for everyone’s safety and well-being.
Protecting Staff, Clients, and the Community
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Beach House staff have been focused on taking all the steps necessary to ensure that we can continue to provide addiction treatment services our clients need during these challenging times. As part of our COVID-19 protocol, we have now administered 200 first-round vaccines for our staff.
These vaccines are critical in protecting everyone from the effects of the virus and to eventually stopping the pandemic completely. The CDC emphasizes that getting the vaccine, while continuing to take all the appropriate precautions, offers the best protection from COVID-19. The vaccine works with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus successfully.
The CDC stresses that stopping the pandemic also requires wearing masks and maintaining social distances to reduce your chances of being exposed to the virus. Staff at Beach House, in addition to getting their vaccinations, are dedicated to continuing with the steps we’ve taken from the beginning to help protect our clients and our community.
Taking Steps Toward Zero Exposure
Since February 2020, Beach House’s professional staff have been focused on keeping our facility safe for those seeking addiction treatment. We have not had any clients that have shown any risk of the COVID-19 virus. Since Day One, we have stressed the need to wear masks, to sanitize our facilities, and to screen staff and clients regularly. We take everyone’s temperature regularly, have the best testing available to screen new clients for infection, and require a health risk prescreening before admission.
Our staff continues to stay up to date on the latest news and information regarding COVID-19 and vaccine availability so we can all stay safe and healthy while providing the highest quality addiction treatment services. You can rest assured that we are being proactive with all the initiatives necessary, as guided by the Joint Commission on Healthcare Accreditation (JCAHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Increased Risk of Addiction and Overdose
Being able to get the addiction treatment you need is especially important during the pandemic. These are stressful times for everyone. When you are dealing with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, that stress can have devastating consequences.
A recently released study has found an unprecedented 43 percent spike in drug overdose deaths in the state of Florida during the first eight months of 2020, as compared to those same months in 2019. The numbers were compiled from Florida Department of Health data as well as from the state’s 24 medical examiners. Floridians between the ages of 25 to 44 accounted for more than half of the overdose deaths, although they only account for about a fourth of the state’s population.
In Palm Beach County, records show that overdose deaths as of September 2020 were already 49% higher than they were for the first eight months of 2019. The county has projected that it would see nearly 200 more deaths related to overdoses in 2020 than in 2019. The Palm Beach Fire Rescue has indicated that they had administered as much Narcan, the antidote that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, in the first eight months of 2020 as they did in all of 2019.
Get the Help You Need
At Beach House, we stress the importance of getting the addiction treatment you need, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. By taking steps such as vaccinating our staff and ensuring that all appropriate protocols are followed, we provide you with a safe place so you can get the treatment you need for your addiction to drugs or alcohol. We also anticipate being able to distribute vaccines for our clients soon, further expanding our efforts to keep our facility free of the COVID-19 virus.
Addiction is a serious issue that can only get worse if not treated during the pandemic. Our staff is certified in the latest evidence-based therapies for treating your addiction. Beach House is one of the cleanest, safest treatment centers in the country. Contact us today to get the help you need for your addiction in a safe, healthy environment.