Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources2021-09-13T17:34:34-07:00

Updated on 9/13/2021

The Center is proud to provide community with two types of COVID testing:

PCR COVID testing takes around 48-72 hours to receive your results with no appointment necessary

Rapid COVID testing takes around 15 minutes to receive results, and requires an appointment (please call (916) 442-0185 to schedule your Rapid COVID test with us). 

Remember, when you arrive maintain social distance and wear your face mask! Register in advance to skip the lines here.

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What we’re doing about COVID

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 COVID Delta Variant 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) the State and County Departments of Public Health.

With the recent FDA-Approval of the Pfizer Vaccine, and being widely available and accessible (for free in most cases) we’re encouraging everyone in the Sacramento community to get vaccinated. Vaccinations save lives, when you get vaccinated you’re less likely to:

Get sick from COVID and its variants

Experience severe symptoms or hospitalization if you are infected

Spread illness to loved ones and community members

The more vaccinated our community is, the safer we’ll all be, and the closer we’ll all be to returning to full sense of normalcy.

At the beginning of the pandemic (March 2020), the Center made the decision to cancel/postpone all in-person gatherings indefinitely, including our annual Sacramento Pride Festival and March. Read our full statement: click here.  

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 marcy.basila@saccenter.org.

Sexual health and HIV/STI testing information is available by calling (916) 442-0185 ext. 109. 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 are available for support and referrals at (916) 287-7171 or jesse.archer@saccenter.org. They also offer emergency drive-through/pick-up services. We’ve also launched a new online queer youth platform on Discord. For more information please email youth@saccenter.org.

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 jesse.archer@saccenter.org.

Bilingual Services in Spanish and Transgender Support are available by calling
(916) 442-0185 ext. 122 or Jose.vega@saccenter.org

Our Peer Support Groups have been meeting online via the Zoom video conferencing platform. For our most up dated schedule please visit https://saccenter.org/weekly-schedule

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, we’re 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!

You probably already know the basics, but:

Wash your hands, for at least twenty seconds (you can use this handy lyrics generator as a guide);

Avoid touching your face;

Stay home except for essential needs;

Practice social distancing, maintaining at least 6 feet between yourself and other people when you do go out;

Disinfect your phone and other commonly touched items.

If you have additional questions, concerns, or would like to recommend resources for this page, please email communications@saccenter.org

How to Support the Center during COVID

The Sacramento LGBT Community Center is committed to supporting the health and wellness of the most marginalized and we intend to continue that work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of people depend on us each week for support and we cannot let them down. Our community has always been resilient in difficult times and while we may change the way we do business as we rise to the challenge of this pandemic to serve our community, we will never close our doors and walk away.

Through all of this, many of you are asking how you can make the deepest impact on our community in this time of need. The short answer right now is if you can donate, please do. We cannot do this without you.

DONATE NOW

We are especially mindful of the social isolation many of our clients are experiencing and are doing everything we can to stay connected.  For our events, we are closely monitoring the directives of the CDC, Public Health Departments, and the City of Sacramento to ensure the health and wellness of all potential guests as our number one priority.

Please help now if you can. We are a strong and resilient community when we work together.  I will keep you informed on Center services and you can visit our websiteFacebook, and Instagram feeds for regular updates.

The Latest Public Health Updates

International, federal, state, and local officials are providing updates on coronavirus response daily. You can stay up to date on the latest science-based news and recommendations by using the following links.

Equality California

Equality California (EQCA)  brings the voices of LGBTQ+ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ+ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating, and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. For over 20 years, Equality California has led the Golden State’s fight for LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice. Originally founded in 1999 as the California Alliance for Pride and Equality (CAPE), we became Equality California in 2003 then merged with Marriage Equality California in 2004 into what ultimately became the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization.

COVID-19 LGBTQ+ Help Center

Latest CA Updates

Get Tested

Get Vaccinated

Resources for folx who are sheltering in place

Many businesses and nonprofits are making the decision to allow, or require, staff to work from home in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. There are a number of resources available to help teams to communicate and function smoothly and keep work on track as much as possible, while you adapt to these changes.

Cisco Webex

Remote Work Tools

Open for Business Hub

Webcams:

94 Different Animal Webcams from around the world: https://explore.org/livecams

Penguins!: https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams/penguin-cam/

Sea Otters: https://t.co/TJtzzLb2wJ

Jellyfish at Monterey Bay Aquarium: https://youtu.be/2gHKDHmgVlU

San Diego Zoo Webcams (Baboons, penguins, pandas, koalas, apes, polar bears, giraffes, owls, elephants, condors and tigers): https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams

Georgia Aquarium (Jellyfish, penguins, belugas, sea lions, sea otters, puffins): https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/ocean-voyager/

zooborns.com

Kitten Cam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNvpypnY3IU

Wild bears fishing in Alaska: https://youtu.be/3T45Dn_RYpc

Virtual Tours:

12 virtual tours of famous museums: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhXe_dMfHSw

Take a tour of Yellowstone National Park: https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm

Take a tour of Yosemite: https://www.virtualyosemite.org/

Tour Great Wall of China: https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china

Check out the surface of Mars! https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/#

Museum of Natural History: https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour

A virtual roller coaster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz_c6WTyxwo

Virtual tour of four National Parks in the U.S: https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/virtual-national-parks-tours

Virtually ‘Ride’ Disney Attractions: https://www.simplemost.com/virtually-ride-disney-attractions/

Google Arts and Culture app: Faces of Frida, an interactive exhibition of over 800 paintings and artifacts

Podcasts:

Making Gay History: Listen here.

The Queer Witch: Listen here.

Good books:

New York public library has made all books free! https://www.nypl.org/about/remote-resources

Go to your local public libraries website and get an online library card. This will give you access to lots of online books and magazines.

bell hooks’ All About Love. Link: http://wtf.tw/ref/hooks.pdf

Many classic books are available for free here: https://www.gutenberg.org/

Music we’re loving/Online Concerts:

Hundreds of tiny desk concerts: https://www.npr.org/series/tiny-desk-concerts/

Indigo Girls Live Concert, Q & A: Watch here.

Erykah Badu Live Streamed Quarantine Concert Series on her instagram account for $1

 Crafting/Trying New Skills:

How to knit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY7kQ3dvXeI

Drawing 101: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TntR8sb-UMc

How to build a house of cards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhXe_dMfHSw

Live Art Classes-1 pm on weekdays: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30DCOgTGn_o

Brit + Co: Free Crafting Classes with code “SELFCARE”: https://classes.brit.co/learn/

Learn basic sewing skills–pdf files on how to do almost anything https://www.sewing.org/

Learn how to do origami! Here’s a PDF of an entire origami book: https://csea.fyc-vidin.org/materials/Origami-near%20300%20project.pdf

Learn how to make cheese at home: Home Cheesemaking – USDA NIFA

Learn how to can food: Canning 101: How to Can Food for Beginners (a Complete …

Learn how to compost and start yourself a great garden: https://archive.epa.gov/wastes/conserve/tools/greenscapes/web/pdf/compost-guide.pdf

Learn about astronomy and cosmology!

 Simple Recipes:

Quick Chili Mac https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/quick-chili-mac/

Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Cinnamon Honey Syrup https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/chocolate-chip-pancakes-with-cinnamon-honey-syrup/

Very Vanilla French Toast https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/very-vanilla-french-toast/

Quick Pork Chili https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/quick-pork-chili/

Cream Cheese and Chives Omelet https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cream-cheese-chive-omelet/

Homemade Guacamole https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/homemade-guacamole/

Easy Cake Mix Bars https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/easy-cake-mix-bars/

Online Cooking Classes!: https://www.177milkstreet.com/school/classes/online-classes

13 Super Easy Meals Teens Can Make Themselves https://www.marthastewart.com/1505773/13-super-easy-meals-teens-can-make-themselves

Health and Wellness:

Cardio Dance Class: https://www.trill.fit/

Guided Meditations: https://www.getahelmet.co/offerings

EVERYBODY Gym: Group Wellness -$5 live web-based classes from a radically inclusive, body positive space, to move, strengthen, and heal — everybodylosangeles.com

Blog: Let’s Queer Things Up by Sam Dylan Finch. Created by a queer and trans author, this blog provides resources for learning more perspectives, tools, and tricks to tackle your mental health and self-care routines. https://letsqueerthingsup.com/

Youtube Channel: The ASMR Prince. ASMR Channel specifically fro queer, trans, questioning people, and trauma survivors. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVcOPETWNEIvOThSTf-ohnQ

How to manage stress and addiction during the COVID-19 pandemic

 Cute & Fun things online:

Watch Netflix with your friends: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/netflix-party/oocalimimngaihdkbihfgmpkcpnmlaoa?hl=en

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/arts/dance/queer-flamenco-viva-manuel-linan.html?action=click&module=Features&pgtype=Homepage

Blair Braverman & Quince Mountain: Two dog-sledders chronicle their lives–Lots of cute dog content, and experiences being trans, feminist and navigating the outdoors culture. https://twitter.com/BlairBraverman?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Bon Appetit’s Youtube channel shows you how to make classic foods at home: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbpMy0Fg74eXXkvxJrtEn3w

Extreme Make-Up Tutorials by Vogue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z-Zn00n6lA

Check out #PRIDEATHOME to see videos from others navigating being out and stuck at home–find supportive messages, community and more!

Shannon Minter–last Halloween he found a puppy and a kitten in the same day, they bonded and are growing up together. The next week a second puppy arrived. Follow the very cute stories: https://twitter.com/shannonminter5?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Community Discussion:

Q Chat Space (https://www.qchatspace.org/) (structured, facilitated conversations (10 weekly))

Trevor Space https://www.trevorspace.org/ (for youth, social networking site)

The Lounge (Gender Spectrum – for non-cis youth): https://genderspectrum.org/lounge/ (has “channels” for youth, parents, and professionals; social networking)

AVEN (for ace folks – not just youth): https://www.asexuality.org/ (forum)

 Resources to encourage pride in our LGBTQ+ identities:

 Glitterary Magazine: https://glitterarymagazine.org/

InQluded: https://inqluded.org/

Outwords: https://theoutwordsarchive.org/

Project Contrast: https://projectcontrast.org/

Other creative ideas:

Chalk messages of encouragement on the sidewalk

Kindness rocks (https://www.thekindnessrocksproject.com/)

Journaling

Scrapbooking

Organizing all those photos you’ve been meaning to!

Other Resources