As we continue to monitor the latest developments of COVID-19, our first priority remains the health, safety and security of our patients, workforce members and community. We are taking a measured response to mitigate risk and have made the following decisions about our services.

Beginning Monday, June 15th, Keystone will begin the second phase of its reopening plan. In addition to conducting assessments, individual therapy, and MAT appointments face to face, Keystone will now begin having small group sessions. Group rooms will be marked to abide by social distancing guidelines. All patients will continue to be screened upon entering any of our facilities; temperatures will be taken, and patients will be directed to wash their hands at a cleaning station. ALL patients will be required to wear a mask to enter the building. No outside guests, only the patient, are allowed into the building. This includes ALL services, even drug screening. Keystone staff will also be wearing masks, will continue to disinfect all areas of contact, and will enforce social distancing rules. Keystone will continue to conduct assessments via telehealth for those patients who do not feel comfortable meeting face to face. You are still required to call to make an appointment for the telehealth session. Keystone staff who are able to work from home will continue to do so.

We will continue to accept NEW patients to receive mediation assisted treatment. If an individual identifies as an opioid user, they will be given Narcan and able to engage in individual therapy with a counselor.

Narcan is available for patients and/or individuals who have a loved one in need to help reduce the risk of overdose from coming in contact with opioids. To obtain Narcan, contact Keystone’s main office Monday-Friday 8am-4pm at 803-324-1800. If it is outside of this time frame, please contact our inpatient unit at 803-324-0404.

Our withdrawal management services (detox) will operate as usual with a decreased census to all for social distancing between patients by giving each patient their own room. New patients will be accepted as decreased census allows.

Prevention services will continue programs and presentations virtually. Small groups may utilize the Youth Training Room.

These protocols will last through June 26th and will be revisited at that time to determine if Phase 3 will begin June 29th. However, Keystone’s leadership team will monitor the situation daily to determine if a change in that time period is warranted. When safe and feasible to do so, community outreach and prevention services will resume.

Please continue to visit keystoneyork.org and follow us on Facebook to receive up-to-date information. 

Preparations

  • We are diligently following guidance and best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Across all of our facilities, we have increased our daily cleaning routines, including more frequent handwashing, use of sanitizer and cleaning of equipment. Operations staff members and contract cleaning personnel are taking extra precautions to sanitize areas, especially public spaces and touch points.

What You Can Do

While a new type of illness can be scary, you can help protect yourself by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for preventing respiratory illnesses.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay home when you’re sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue and put it in the trash immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get the influenza vaccine. 

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