Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Dr. Michael Genovese to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Dr. Michael Genovese.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The Opioid Epidemic

Drug overdose is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50, and the yearly death toll is rising faster than ever, primarily due to opioids. An estimated 27 million people use these illicit drugs or misuse prescription medications every day and this number is on the rise.

To put this into perspective, the rate of drug overdoses far exceeds that of the HIV epidemic at its peak. Sadly, drug overdoses now kill more Americans each year than guns or car accidents. Still, despite these grim statistics, only 10 percent of those suffering from addiction get treatment.

There are different explanations of why so few people get the care they need. Access to treatment is certainly a problem – especially in rural communities that suffer from bed shortages. But another problem is the stigma around drug abuse. It’s essential we understand that suffering from addiction is not a moral failing—it’s a disease. Just like hypertension, diabetes, and cancer.

It’s understandable that everyone is seeking answers for the cause of this crisis. But now it’s time to stop talking about who is to blame and instead focus on how best to assist patients suffering from this epidemic.

The truth is, there is not a panacea to helping patients fight their addiction -- what works for one patient won’t necessarily be the best approach for someone else. That’s why it’s essential to embrace a variety of options that work for each specific patient. By using a comprehensive, integrated approach to care, we can devise individualized treatment plans that combine traditional psychotherapy with a gold standard of medication-assisted treatment, thus treating each patient as a whole person, and meeting their unique needs.

Despite the intensely negative headlines, there’s some good news here. Patients who receive medication-assisted treatment such as FDA-approved methadone, Buprenorphine, and Naltrexone are 50 percent less likely to die from this awful disease. Of course, drug addiction isn’t just a physical ailment, which is why treatment also needs to include psychotherapeutic interventions like peer support groups and family therapy.

By implementing this approach, we give our patients the best possible chance of success in their recovery.