If you’re like most people, you’re concerned about how long the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to affect your life and disrupt essential services. At the Mississippi Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center (MDATC), we want to put your mind at ease by letting you know what we’re doing to protect our employees, patients, their families, and the Biloxi community.
How We’re Keeping Our Staff and Patients Safe
Containing COVID-19 continues to be a concern throughout the country. At MSDATC, the health and safety of everyone connected with our facility is our number one priority.
We’re committed to remaining open in order to continue helping those in our community who are struggling with substance use disorder. In addition to providing COVID screenings, we’re undertaking measures to ensure that our treatment center is safe, clean, and sanitary.
Below is a list of the steps we are taking to protect patients:
- All employees conduct temperature checks at shift change
- All staff members wear masks when they’re within 6 feet or less of patients
- Visitors are limited to only those approved and screened appropriately
- COVID screenings are conducted on all patients
- Negative COVID test results are required for any patient or staff showing symptoms
- Hand washing and other infectious disease protocols are continuously monitored and tracked for quality assurance
- Therapists are available to work with all patients to address any COVID-related fears and anxieties.
Before being admitted, all patients are screened for COVID-19 and asked about their recent travel history. Any person testing positive will not be admitted until they are completely virus and symptom-free. The same goes for all staff members. We will attempt to provide whatever services we can to those who need assistance without putting other residents or staff members at risk.
Our facility is also monitoring the latest guidance from the CDC and WHO to ensure that we remain in compliance with the latest health and safety protocols.
Evolving Procedures and Policies
As information on the coronavirus continues to evolve, we are examining our procedures closely and updating our procedures and policies as necessary. We will remain open and look forward to continuing to provide critical addiction treatment and resources to the millions of people suffering from the disease of addiction.