A Letter from CEO Lee Dilworth – COVID-19 Response from ReVIDA Recovery Centers

Friends,

In response to growing concerns about the Coronavirus outbreak, we want to reassure our patients, community partners, and stakeholders of the precautionary measures we, at ReVIDA, have implemented.

At ReVIDA Recovery Centers, we are dedicated to providing uninterrupted care to our patients, and put clinical excellence at the forefront of everything we do. That being said, we are following CDC-recommended standard precaution guidelines to reduce the spread of infectious disease each and every day. All staff members are trained on Infectious Disease, Standard Precautions for Infection Control, and proper handwashing. Below is an explanation of the measures we are taking to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Actions ReVIDA Is Taking To Keep Patients Safe

ReVIDA provides an adequate supply of soap, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and personal protective equipment to be used by employees and patients as needed.

Anti-bacterial cleaners and disinfectants approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are used at each of our facilities to ensure that regularly-touched surfaces and surfaces that may be exposed to Coronavirus are cleaned. Furthermore, employees follow recommendations to wash their hands after all procedures and after using the restroom and before returning to work. Directors ensure that restrooms will be adequately stocked with anti-bacterial soap, paper towels, and toilet tissue.

As an office-based opioid treatment program, our patients attend appointments monthly, at a minimum. To reduce the spread of infectious diseases, we provide access to hand sanitizer throughout our facilities. We also emphasize recommendations by the CDC and the WHO regarding hand washing and discouraging personal contact.

How This Impacts Individuals we Serve

It is not uncommon for the individuals we serve to experience a co-occurring disease that could make them vulnerable to COVID-19. As such, we are taking precautionary measures to screen visitors and patients who may exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. Local leadership will continue to review their respective community patterns, needs, and CDC and local public health authority recommendations. Based on these developments, ReVIDA Recovery Centers may take additional infection control measures, such as restricting visitor access, or asking patients to wait in their vehicles for appointments. We are committed to ensuring continuation of treatment services by issuing verbal prescriptions for current patients, as the physician deems necessary, based on local information and guidance.

What You Can Do to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. We can all reduce the spread of this disease by taking simple, precautionary measures as advised by the CDC:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

If you are sick to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

As our local, statewide and national media continue to report on the spread of the coronavirus, it’s understandable to feel worried or anxious about COVID-19. However, if we all take simple, precautionary measures, we can stop its spread and protect our community and those who are more at risk of being harmed by this disease.

Signed,

Lee Dilworth, CEO
Dr. Matthew Thomas, Tennessee State Medical Director
Dr. Andrew Waller, Virginia State Medical Director