The Broward County Board of Commissioners recently issued a “shelter-in-place” order that went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, March 27. There is no expiration date on the order. It builds on the order issued earlier in the week that all non-essential businesses must close amid the COVID-19 pandemic. State and county legislation like this are paramount in mitigating the spread of the contagious virus from infecting more people via “community spread.”
The orders, however, allow Ocean Breeze Recovery to remain fully operational while treating our clients’ substance use disorders. The Broward County emergency order lists substance use treatment centers as essential under the order.
The services and programs that Ocean Breeze Recovery provides will continue to operate following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines regarding COVID-19. Our treatment center staff have been fully briefed about coronavirus safety, and health, best sanitation practices, social distancing, and will always provide the best care for clients in addiction treatment.
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Social distancing is a phrase now regularly used to explain how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. When one engages in social distancing, they are avoiding physical contact with another person(s) that could spread COVID-19. The recommended distance to keep apart is 6 feet, which is the farthest distance COVID-19 can travel in saliva that is expelled.
It also prevents the virus from infecting the most vulnerable individuals in society, such as the senior population, those with compromised immune systems or pre-existing conditions that put them at a heightened risk of becoming fatally ill.
It will also help keep viral infections down so hospitals and clinics can handle the influx of COVID-19 patients.
A good thought to remember is to believe you have the virus and avoid social interactions as much as possible, rather than believe you do not have the virus, and possibly spread it.
The number of positive coronavirus tests keeps climbing in Broward County, Florida. Its large and vulnerable older population is at high risk of becoming infected with COVID-19.
Many state governors have mandated shelter-in-place orders for their entire state; however, Florida is not one of them. Under mounting pressure from nearly every side, Florida Gov. Ronald DeSantis has not issued a shelter-in-place mandate for the entire state. Instead, counties and cities took the initiative, as with Broward County.
The safety of our clients and staff at Ocean Breeze Recovery is our top priority, and we will continue to provide them with the highest level of care and keep them safe during these unpredictable times.