Covid 19 Prevention Plan
All clients entering blueFire are tested for COVID-19. Clients ages 11-17 are placed into an intake group until the results of the test are returned. Clients that receive a negative test result are subsequently transported to their assigned group for the rest of their stay with blueFire. New admits will see their primary therapist and participate in all activities that they normally would have been a part of while in the intake group. Young adult clients join their group upon admission and follow strict safety guidelines until receiving a negative test result. All field instructors are tested for COVID-19 at the beginning of each shift before going on trail with clients. All blueFire staff and clients are required to follow the social distancing and mask recommendations provided by the CDC.
blueFire Wilderness is closely monitoring information surrounding the COVID-19 virus and we are notifying all members of our program community of the preventative steps we are taking to protect our staff and students.
We are strictly following the CDC recommendations for the prevention of the Coronavirus including the implementation of proactive measures for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and linens https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/cleaning-disinfection.html
Medical staff are monitoring daily updates from CDC, WHO, State & Local Health Departments.
All staff have been trained on flu prevention information and on how to identify potential symptoms for COVID-19.
Established a revised screening process for admissions, including questions about recent fevers, travel overseas, and family members’ potential risk factors for the virus. Anyone posing a risk to our treatment centers will not be admitted.
Staff & Clients
- All staff and students are screened daily for symptoms.
- Any staff exhibiting flu-like symptoms will be immediately sent home and asked to visit a medical professional for testing.
- For any client exhibiting flu-like symptoms, we will immediately contact local health care professionals for the next steps on the appropriate course of action.
- We will be limiting off-campus trips
- Canceling events that would include large gatherings of people
- New admissions will be screened for flu-like symptoms and transport to our facility will be recommended via driving or private transport only—avoiding air travel.
- Daily check-in’s with students for symptoms
- Posted signs in all treatment areas and residences explaining the importance of hand sanitation, and illness prevention.
- All visitors to our campuses are subject to a screening process. Access to the campus is restricted.
- Regular parent tours and educational consultant tours to consider the placement of students within our program will be rescheduled whenever possible. In the place of these tours, videoconference tours will be offered.
- Increased sanitization of equipment and facilities by having the staff clean and disinfect high touch surfaces in common areas
- Increased access to sanitation stations through the campus at entry and exit points
- Additional cleaning supplies available to staff and students to help sanitize as needed.
- Increased availability and use of alcohol-based hand rub and making sure that tissues are available and sinks are well stocked with soap and paper towels for handwashing
- Implemented mandatory training for every employee on handwashing and hand sanitization and cough etiquette, and strict employee, client and visitor compliance with washing/sanitizing hands thoroughly in accordance with CDC guidelines
For Current families of blueFire wilderness please refer to recent emails from program leadership regarding visitation policies and any additional updates.
More information about the coronavirus can be found at: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus