Every hour on the hour, a staff member at the Journey Recovery Center in San Angelo, Texas, sends out a “Code 19” to everyone in the building. No matter where the nurses or staff members are in the 72-bed substance abuse recovery center, they stop what they’re doing and sanitize all the surfaces around them, wiping down tables, chairs, and door handles. Named after Covid-19, these hourly Code 19s are just one of many measures treatment centers around the country are using to try to keep their clients and staff safe.
Facilities are hiring more janitors, stocking up on personal protective equipment, and even setting up on-site PCR testing, which uses a swab from a patient’s respiratory tract to test for an active Covid-19 infection. But at the same time that administrators are investing in a host of previously unanticipated needs, they’re also limiting how many patients