The following protocols are intended to ensure the health and safety of the Bridging the Gaps’ community. The introduction of a new member to the Residential House represents a host of therapeutic opportunities towards sustained recovery while also representing a measure of risk in spreading the Coronavirus. BTG is committed to balancing these competing objectives with the imperative of the health and wellbeing of the entire community.
It is important to consider the means by which Covid-19 may be transmitted. Covid-19 infection spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within approximately 6 feet) through respiratory droplets formed when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The infection may also spread when individuals touch contaminated surfaces and then touch their face. Significantly, a risk of contagion exists from individuals who remain asymptomatic despite having the virus. Covering coughs and sneezes with a sleeve or tissue, washing hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and avoiding touching one’s face are critical to protecting oneself and others.
The main symptoms of the infection are a fever of more than 100.4 degrees, a new cough within the last seven days, shortness of breath or a new sore throat within the last seven days. Clients with any of these symptoms shall notify staff immediately.
Prior to entering residential treatment, we will provide you with a diagnostic test for Covid-19 (nasal swab). While waiting for the test results, we will have you stay in our residential house designated for quarantining. While at this House, you will begin attending services via the Telehealth platform. Should the test come back positive, you would be asked to return home for the duration of the active illness for your personal comfort and the safety of the community. During this period, we would encourage you to continue attending treatment via Telehealth services. As soon as you are deemed no longer contagious by a medical professional, we will eagerly welcome you back into our residential program.
Upon the confirmation of a negative Covid-19 test, we would invite you to enter the House. As a newly introduced resident at the House, we will support you in complying with the following procedures and protocols.
We are following all CDC protocols and the requirements outlined by the state of Virginia. To ensure your safety, our staff will be required to wear a mask while in the house. Staff is responsible for the daily sanitizing of surfaces after meals, breaks, and bedtime to minimize the spread of germs on surfaces.
We would be happy to answer any of your questions regarding our protocols. We can assure you that your safety is our priority. Please contact us if you are interested in what treatment options are available.