• Information and our efforts on Coronavirus (COVID-19) •
From Juan Navarro, Executive Director
Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse
There is an abundance of information circulating about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and what different entities are doing to prepare. Rest assured, L.A. CADA is taking every precaution to minimize exposure risk and prepare for whatever may lie ahead, in accordance with CDC guidelines and the recommendations of local public health agencies; L.A. CADA is taking every effort to avoid inciting unnecessary panic or anxiety among our clients and families, but will take every measure to protect them – along with our employees – during this evolving situation. On March 10th, L.A. CADA updated its Respiratory Virus Protocol to include specific instruction for the coronavirus. We have taken the following actions:
- Instituted a revised screening process for admissions that includes questions about recent fevers, travel overseas, and family members’ risks to reduce the possibility of introduction of the virus into the treatment environment. Anyone deemed a possible risk to our clients or staff will not be allowed on site.
- Developed specific health and safety protocols for anyone presenting with flu-like symptoms, including emergency quarantine protocol.
Instructed patients and staff to stay home if they are sick and seek appropriate medical care.
- Implemented mandatory training for every employee on handwashing and hand sanitization, and strict employee and client compliance with washing/sanitizing hands thoroughly and often.
- Dispersed COVID-19 prevention information and instructed staff to stay home if they are sick pursuant to CDC recommendations.
- Increased sanitization of equipment and areas.
- L.A. CADA is looking into the use of telephone and video conferencing instead of face-to-face meetings as a potential option during this outbreak. We will provide an update if this becomes a viable option.
- Instituted screenings for flu-like symptoms for every visitor at each location.
- Communicated the above to employees and clients.
This is an emerging and rapidly evolving situation. L.A. CADA has implemented practices pursuant to CDC guidelines for minimizing risk, and is closely monitoring the situation within our sites. Our clients’ safety is our top priority and we will continue to assess this situation and provide updates.
Should you have any questions, please contact our corporate office at (562) 777-7500
Be Informed and Inform Your Family
- Become familiar with local medical and mental health resources in your community. Attend community meetings for resources/education
- Avoid sharing unconfirmed news about the infectious disease to avoid creating unnecessary fear and panic.
- Give honest age-appropriate information to children and remember to stay calm; children often feel what you feel.
How to protect yourself
You can protect yourself from COVID-19 infection the same ways you protect against the common cold or seasonal flu.
- Sanitize your hands often for at least 20 seconds each time. Alcohol gel works well in most situations (like after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose), but hand-washing with soap and water should be performed after going to the bathroom, before eating, or when your hands are visibly soiled.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash (putting a tissue on a table contaminates the surface of the table with germs).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Routinely disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, using a cleaning spray or wipe.
- Avoid travel to high-risk countries.
- Take extra precautions to reduce the likelihood of exposure, if you are at a higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, i.e. elderly, autoimmune deficiencies, pre-existing respiratory issues.
Symptoms to Monitor
If you feel sick
Use home quarantine or home isolation:
- Stay home if you believe you have been exposed to the virus, even if you are not showing any symptoms.
- If you have traveled to a country on the CDC list of level 2 or 3 travel health notices and feel ill, call your health care provider before going into the doctor’s office or emergency department.
- Avoid going to the emergency department, unless you have a health emergency and/or you have been advised by your health care provider to do so. This helps prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19 infection.
- Stay home when you are sick, especially if you have respiratory illness symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to a COVID-19 infection. Whether you have seasonal flu, the common cold, or something else, it’s important you stay away from others when sick.
- Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home as much as possible while you are sick.
- Monitor yourself for fever, coughing and shortness of breath.
The CDC has the most current information about the virus, including everything you need to know about how the virus spreads, how it’s treated, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you get sick. Stay on top of the latest by visiting the CDC website which is being updated frequently.
You can also learn how Los Angeles’s Department of Public Health is responding to the situation by visiting the websites below: