Addiction is a primary, chronic, neurobiologic disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its…
As Canadians adjusted to life during a pandemic in 2020, many people across the country were battling another health epidemic – the opioid crisis. In British Columbia, we recently marked the five-year anniversary of the public health emergency declared in response to the opioid crisis, which has taken over 7,000 lives since 2016. Over 1,700 of those deaths occurred in 2020, a record high for the province.
In response to BC’s overdose crisis and as we continue to manage the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s vital that treatment centres in the province continue to operate and provide essential services to people struggling with addiction.
Ensuring our patients are safe
One thing that hasn’t changed during the COVID-19 pandemic is our commitment to helping our patients recover from addiction. Cedars has remained open throughout the pandemic, adapting to ensure that we can meet the needs of our patients while keeping staff and patients safe and healthy.
As a licensed healthcare facility, we’re working closely with Island Health and federal and provincial health officials to ensure that we’re aligned with directives. From the outset, we put in place measures to reduce risk and keep our community safe. Those measures include:
- Increased reliance on virtual admissions assessments
- Robust sanitization and preventative health measures (e.g. masks on-site, sanitization stations, isolation for anyone experiencing symptoms)
- Comprehensive, full-time medical staff monitoring the situation and providing patient updates
- Enhanced social distancing and transition to virtual programs where applicable (Family Discovery Sessions)
To date, Cedars has had zero cases of COVID-19. We’re committed to maintaining our high standard of care and will continue to monitor and adapt to our situation as needed. To learn more about the health and safety measures in place at Cedars, visit: https://cedarscobblehill.com/covid-19/