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Serenity at Summit Locations Exempt from COVID-19 Executive Orders

Serenity at Summit exempt from COVID-19 executive order

The governors of New Jersey and Massachusetts recently issued “stay at home” orders, and have ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These orders are vital to helping mitigate the spread of the contagious virus from infecting more of the states’ population through “community spread.” 

The orders, however, allow our Serenity at Summit centers to remain fully operational while treating our clients for substance use disorders. The governors cautioned residents to stay at home except for tending to essential needs, such as grocery shopping, walking pets, keeping a doctor’s appointment, or caring for an elderly person. Residents are permitted to continue with government functions, shipping, and activities pertaining to maintaining health and safety.

The orders for New Jersey and Massachusetts will not affect services offered at Serenity at Summit centers. We will continue to operate according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines regarding COVID-19.

One aspect of essential healthcare is addiction treatment. As COVID-19 continues its spread throughout the nation, people with substance use disorders will still need assistance and support to reach and maintain sobriety. Our Serenity at Summit treatment facilities are committed to helping clients with substance use disorders and others in the recovery community.

In addition, Serenity at Summit treatment centers in New Jersey will be equipped with telemedicine services to assess potential patient health and for outpatient services, in regard to COVID-19. 

What Is Social Distancing?

Social distancing is a phrase put into use to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It discourages physical contact with another person(s) who could spread COVID-19. It means we need to limit non-essential social contact and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between you and another person in social settings. Its purpose is to slow the spread of COVID-19 and could accomplish many other goals as well, such as not catching a cold.

Perhaps most important, it prevents the virus from infecting the most vulnerable individuals in society, such as adults age 60 and older and those with compromised immune systems or pre-existing conditions that put them at greater risk of becoming fatally ill. 

It will also help keep viral infections low so that hospitals and clinics can manage the influx of COVID-19 patients. The rule of thumb for everyone to remember is to act like you have the virus and avoid social interactions at all levels, rather than think you do not have the virus.

More Information from MA, NJ

Check the following links from Massachusetts and New Jersey to check for more information about COVID-10. 

Massachusetts

Frequently asked questions about COVID-19

New Jersey

Top questions about COVID-19

The safety of our clients and potential clients at Serenity at Summit 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. 

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Rebecca Bryan

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