Last updated on 4/1/2020
For more than 40 years the Center has supported the health and wellness of the most marginalized. We understand there is increasing concern amid the Coronavirus outbreak and we want to assure you that the health and safety of our clients, staff, and community are of paramount importance. We are closely monitoring the situation and following the advice of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the State and County Departments of Public Health. The latest guidance specifically recommends that all California residents shelter in place until April 7, 2020.
In light of the new guidance we wanted to share with you what we are doing to protect community members and staff. The Center is suspending all peer based discussion groups, community programming, and events at all locations at least through the end of April. This includes groups who have rented space, who will be offered a refund.
While our physical space is closed, I want to assure you that we are still here to support you. I am very proud of our dedicated team who are diligently working to operationalize remote service delivery and virtual activities that we will be rolling out over the next week.
- Community Resource Navigation remains available for seniors, people experiencing homelessness, those living with HIV, and others in need, Information and referrals are available Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. by calling (916) 442-0185 or email@example.com.
- Sexual health and HIV/STI testing information is available by calling (916) 442-0185 ext. 109 or firstname.lastname@example.org. While social distancing 6-feet away from one another is recommended, free condom and lube packs are available outside the entry of the Center or you can order them for home delivery from our free P3 mail order program.
- Q-Spot Youth Center staff will be available for support and referrals 7-days a week 12-6 p.m. at (916) 287-7171 or email@example.com. They will also offer emergency drive-through/pick-up services. A new online queer youth platform on Discord will also launch this week where youth can chat with one another and find peer support.
- Our shelter, transitional living home, and host homes will remain open and continue to provide 24-hour care to LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness with remote case management.
- Crime Victim Emergency Services including shelter, counseling, or legal resources are available at (916) 287-7171 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Census Questionnaire Assistance is available by calling (916) 442-0185 or emailing email@example.com.
- Bilingual Services in Spanish and Transgender Support are available by calling (916) 442-0185 ext. 114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We are working to bring some of our Peer Support Groups and 12-Step Addiction Recovery Groups online via the Zoom video conferencing platform as soon as the technology is in place.
The virus mainly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet) when an infected person coughs or sneezes and respiratory droplets from that person land in the mouth or nose or are possibly inhaled into the lungs of another person. It may also be possible that a person can get the virus by touching something that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but experts don’t believe this is the main way the virus spreads and not enough is known about how long the virus can live on surfaces.
The public health community is unified in the understanding that there are a number of basic precautions we can all take to prevent illness. These include:
- If you are sick, especially if you have a fever, are coughing or sneezing or are experiencing shortness of breath, please stay home and contact your medical provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider, you can contact the Center for a list of LGBTQ-affirming medical providers in the region.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your elbow.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use alcohol based hand gel that is at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your mouth when you cough with your elbow, and don’t touch your face, eyes, or mouth (event at home).
Though these actions have been difficult decisions, I am inspired by so many in our community who have offered to help and shared information. We will continue to assess the health risks and guidance from public health authorities with the goal of restarting all programs as soon as it is safe to do so. We are committed to keeping your Center and the LGBTQ+ community safe and healthy and will continue to keep you informed. Thank you for your patience and please take care of yourselves and each other. We look forward to connecting again very soon!
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