Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Sierra by the Sea to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Sierra by the Sea.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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What Makes Alcohol Addictive

Recent government reports showing the prevalence of binge-drinking in America – one in six Americans binge drink. What exactly it is about alcohol that is so addictive? A new study from California researchers suggest it’s a result of released compounds in our brains. Alcohol promotes the release of endorphins – proteins responsible for the feelings of pleasure and reward in the brain, according to research from the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center, at the University of California, San Francisco.

The research is the first to show that endorphins are released in the brain regions of the nucleus accumbens and the orbitofrontal cortex when a human drinks alcohol, researchers said. The nucleus accumbens is a brain region linked to addictive behavior, and the orbitofrontal cortex is a brain region linked with decision-making.

“This is something that we’ve speculated about for 30 years, based on animal studies, but haven’t observed in humans until now,” study researcher Jennifer Mitchell, PhD, clinical project director at the Gallo Center and an adjunct assistant professor of neurology at UCSF, said in a statement. “It provides the first direct evidence of how alcohol makes people feel good.”

In the study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, researchers used PET imaging to look at the brains of 13 people who heavily drink and 12 people who do not heavily drink. For all the people, researchers saw in the brain scans that endorphins were released in the brain in response to alcohol consumption. The more endorphins released in the brain region of the nucleus accumbens, the more pleasure the user reported experiencing, researchers said.

However, there was a more pronounced effect for the heavy drinkers – it turns out when those drinkers had more endorphins released in the brain region of the orbitofrontal cortex, the more intoxicated they felt, according to the study. This finding suggests that heavy drinkers have brain changes that lead to increased feelings of pleasure from alcohol consumption, researchers said. BBC News reported that alcohol also triggers dopamine release in the brain, a chemical known to spur satisfying feelings.

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