COVID-19 Response as of 3/12/2020

CENTER FOR ADDICTIVE PROBLEMS/CAP OF DOWNERS GROVE/

CAP OF MAINE

COVID-19 RESPONSE AS OF 03/12/2020

Info about COVID-19:

  • Infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can cause illness ranging from mild to severe and, in some cases, can be fatal. Symptoms typically include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, including: Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  It may be possible to be exposed by touching an affected surface and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the primary way the virus spreads. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (i.e., experiencing fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this type of asymptomatic transmission with this new coronavirus, but this is also not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.  Although the United States has implemented public health measures to limit the spread of the virus, it is likely that some person-to-person transmission will continue to occur.

Because the COVID-19 is believed to be spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, much in the way influenza and other respiratory viruses spread. Because of this, individuals are encouraged to follow these common-sense practices:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water; use hand sanitizer only when soap and water are unavailable.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover mouth and nose with the inside of the arm or with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue away immediately. Wash hands as soon as possible afterwards.
  • Avoid using cash, if possible, or wash hands immediately after handling cash.

As the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we are doing everything we can to ensure patient and staff safety and avoid any interruption of services.

  • We have increased the frequency of cleaning our public areas (including lobbies, door handles, handrails, bathrooms, etc.).
  • We are maintaining as large an inventory of methadone as possible
  • We are working with our local, state and federal authorities on implementing current recommendations/requirements as they evolve.
  • We will continue to communicate changes to procedures as they happen. Please contact your counselor/staff with any questions.
  • We are assessing patient needs on an individual basis based on level of risk. Please talk with your counselor if you have extenuating medical circumstances.

Please make sure CAP has updated contact info for you in case we need to reach you in an emergency situation.

If you have respiratory symptoms, please call the clinic to consult with staff before attending, and please proceed directly to the lab with limited interaction with staff and patients/visitors.

(312) 266-0404 CAP Chicago      (630) 810-0186 CAP of Downers Grove

(207) 209-1505 CAP Quality Care Westbrook, ME

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