COVID-19 and Treatment: What you need to Know

Rosecrance providing COVID-19 vaccinations for residential clients

As part of the ongoing commitment to health and safety, Rosecrance medical staff in Winnebago County are offering the COVID-19 vaccination to clients participating in residential treatment programs. Medical and direct care staff are also receiving the vaccine.

“We are so grateful to provide the vaccine for our clients in residential care,” said Tom Wright, MD., Rosecrance Chief Medical Officer. “Individuals in residential care for behavioral health disorders frequently experience additional health issues. Our goal is always to treat the entire mind, body, and spirit.”

As vaccine is available in Winnebago County Rosecrance is providing it for clients, and is working with health departments in other counties in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin to provide access at its other facilities. Rosecrance began offering on-site COVID-19 testing for residential clients last fall.

A COVID-19 update from Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tom Wright.

Onsite PCR testing for COVID-19 at Rosecrance residential facilities

In addition to our infection control protocols, testing is the most important thing we can do right now to ensure the health and safety of our clients and staff in the residential facilities.

We are eager to share that at Rosecrance we are providing onsite oropharyngeal swab (PCR) testing for COVID-19 as part of admission into residential care for all clients. Results are typically available within 48 hours through a licensed and accredited private laboratory, further ensuring the safest treatment environment. As always, we will continue to utilize our enhanced COVID-19 infection control measures, including the use of masks and other PPE, client isolation as necessary, and increased regular cleaning routines; to create a safe environment for all clients and staff.

A Message from Rosecrance Medical Director Dr. Raymond Garcia


Click here  to watch Dr. Garcia’s message about COVID 19.

Rosecrance Health Network is committed to providing safe, compassionate care for all its clients and staff. In response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are taking extra precautions to ensure our inpatient and outpatient services continue to meet the needs of those struggling with mental health or substance use disorders. Yes, we are open and serving clients. We have excellent infection control protocols in place. As part of our vigilance for all potential risks, we are screening all clients and staff when they enter our facilities and offices. We also have onsite oropharyngeal swab (PCR) testing for new admissions in our residential programs. In addition, we are utilizing technology to help us through this time. Here is how we are adapting our services to care for each person who seeks our assistance:

  • Assessments are being done via video and telephone. However, we are still available for in-person assessments based on needs of clients.
  • Group counseling is being limited to nine clients or fewer for in-person meetings. We’re shifting as many sessions to video and telephone as possible.
  • Community-based and outpatient counseling is shifting to means such as tele-groups, phone calls, and live-streaming video.
  • Community support groups are being offered in the Rosecrance app for alumni. These links to AA and NA meeting locators are also available (including virtual meetings):
  • Family programming is being delivered by video conference.
  • We’ve compiled a list of virtual support options at Rosecrance. Click here for more information.

At Rosecrance, our mission is to provide hope, healing, and lasting recovery. We will continue to monitor this situation and remain steadfast in our commitment to the safety of our clients and staff. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out.

8 Minutes of Expertise: Rosecrance Chief Medical Officer Dr. Thomas Wright


Click here to watch Dr. Thomas Wright’s segment on WREX.

How you can partner with us

We are humbled by the number of people who have reached out asking how they can support Rosecrance staff and clients during this time. Here are a couple of ways:

Various agencies are beginning to encourage the use of cloth or homemade facemasks as a precautionary measure during this time. Individuals or groups who are interested in supplying masks may reach out to us at The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently posted recommendations for cloth masks, which can be found here:

Clients need our care now more than ever. Please consider a gift to help us continue providing life-giving care during these times. Mental illness and substance abuse do not take a break during a crisis, so your support is more important than ever. To make a gift online, please visit

Dr. Tom Wright, Chief Medical Officer shares information about COVID-19 and preparedness at Rosecrance.


Protecting Yourself

While there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, Rosecrance urges everyone to remain vigilant but not panic. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer. Always wash your hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • CDC recommends that people wear masks in public and when around people who don’t live in your household. Masks should NOT be worn by children under age 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19. This helps prevent spreading the disease to others. Facemasks are crucial for health workers and people who care for someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

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