How is Bear River Health Responding?
Early opening of Primary Care Division for onsite treatment and treatment of Medicaid patients in the community
- Daily screenings for both Staff and Clients for COVID-19
- Admission screenings
- Assessment for high risk individuals both staff and clients
- Relocation of residents
- Smaller group sizes
- Kitchen segregation
- Detox segregation
- Respiratory isolation area
- Staff working from home
- Telemedicine for outpatient treatment
- MAT treatment still available
- Video conference meetings for those in recovery
Newly admitted clients and staff will be required to stay in respiratory isolation during the wait period for their COVID-19 test results. This means individuals will have their own area, spaces, and surfaces. If the results are negative, clients will be allowed to go into a group area. If the client is symptomatic and tests positive, we have isolated areas that will allow for recovery.
For more information on Respiratory Isolation, view the release here: COVID-19 Temporary Respiratory Isolation
Saving Lives and Fostering Growth
- Emergency Response -
The early trickle of COVID-19 infection has turned into a steady current. To stay ahead of the curve Bear River Health (BRH) has implemented a COVID-19 emergency response to deal with this epidemic, and its ever changing requirements.
Effective emergency preparedness allowed Bear River Health to remain at the head of the curve. Addressing the crisis is the top priority of the Leadership at BRH. A crisis response team was immediately established. The team worked swiftly to identify a response plan. Precaution measures were enacted prior to each advisory due to the strategic forethought of the crisis response team. The next measures are prepared and ready to execute if and when the need arises.
Bear River Health will stay committed to providing treatment and care during this time of need. If clients do not have access to a safe place to go after treatment, Bear River Health will not discharge anyone even if funding runs out. Implementation of the mentioned measures has allowed Bear River Health to continue its mission of saving lives and fostering growth.
- COVID-19 Testing -
In conjunction with Bear River Health Primary Care (BRHPC), Bear River Health was able to test over 150 staff and clients to detect and contain any asymptomatic cases of COVID-19. We have tested all frontline staff and clients on 4/27 and 4/28 with a NG swab collection which was couriered to a CLIA High complex lab in Detroit. A molecular PCR test was ran and determined all negative results. In the case that an individual arriving for treatment does have the virus, it will be detected during the initial respiratory isolation period. Bear River Health will continue to provide safe, effective recovery services and treatment.
- Respiratory Isolation -
Respiratory Isolation rooms will keep clients safe by providing an individual space that is under observation before integrating into the current client population. Clients in isolation will have access to medical staff around the clock, and will be able to access virtual meetings via tablet for clinical programming so that they may begin the pathway to recovery. The tablets will allow individuals to begin the program, provide entertainment, and allow them to remain in contact with family during these trying times.