Responding to the "COVID-19" Pandemic As a force of healing and hope, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has taken significant steps to continue serving individuals, families and communities affected by addiction while simultaneously responding to the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). We are vigilantly committed to helping public health leaders contain this pandemic and not slowing down in our daily efforts to meet the urgent needs of those affected by the addiction crisis. Highlights of Hazelden Betty Ford's response Established a Coronavirus Incident Command Team and a dedicated Incident Command Center to lead our monitoring, planning, decision-making and communication—overseen and driven by our Chief Medical Officer and Chief Nursing Officer. Implementing site-specific pandemic response plans nationwide, enabling us to: Check all patients, staff, faculty, students, volunteers and visitors daily for fever—the most common symptom of COVID-19 Screen visitors for other symptoms, international travel and exposure to with a known case of COVID-19 Ensure the highest level of infection prevention and control, sanitation and hygiene Respond quickly to any emerging situation Eliminated non-essential business travel, on-site public events, and off-site patient activities through the end of April to reduce unnecessary exposure risk. Monitoring information and implementing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and state and local public health authorities. If you are currently participating or interested in our programs, we look forward to seeing you unless: You are sick (especially with fever or respiratory symptoms) You have been exposed to the coronavirus You have recently visited a known outbreak area Your program or meeting has been canceled (see our cancellation list) Public health officials have specifically told people in your area to stay home Resources Tips and resources to help you stay connected and safeguard your recovery during the pandemic COVID-19: potential implications for people with substance use disorders A short assessment to help determine if you should be tested for coronavirus Primary symptoms of COVID-19 Fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing—similar to other respiratory illnesses and the flu Prevention Regularly wash hands for 30 seconds. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Avoid handshakes, handholding, hugs and other touching. If you are sick, stay home and contact your health care provider. NOTE: The CDC is recommending use of N95 masks only for those people who are infected. Please check back. We will post further updates as needed.