I’ve reached out to several local LGBTQ organizations, requesting an update on how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. These include: Pittsburgh Center for Equality, Persad Center, PFLAG Pittsburgh, TransPride Pittsburgh, Proud Haven, OUTrageous Bingo, Shepherd Wellness Community, SisTers Pgh, and True T Pittsburgh. As I receive their responses, I will publish. Some of these groups are all-volunteer and may not a dedicated comms team. If you see written information online or in another publicly accessible space, please let me know. It is important that we have accurate information to keep ourselves and each other healthy ~ Sue
The situation with COVID-19 is very fluid and we are continually monitoring the information available from the CDC and the Allegheny County Health Department regarding treatment and prevention of the virus. Organizationally we have created an Allies Pandemic Policy that includes sections on Surveillance and Detection, Communication, Education and Training, Patient Triage and Management, Infection Control in regard to symptomatic staff, social distancing, and hygiene and cleaning. As of today, we have postponed the Allies Ball, our annual fundraising event, which was scheduled for Saturday, March 21. In light of the current spread of illness and the need to practice social distancing, we believe that postponing the Allies Ball was the best option for the health and safety of all concerned.
We have posted information about COVID-19 throughout our office, and we have a page on our website dedicated to COVID-19 and coronavirus. We also are sharing relevant information through our social media. As the situation progresses, we will make sure that our clients and patients – as well as our staff – have the most up-to-date information possible so that we can provide a safe experience for all involved while continuing to offer the quality care and services we are known for.
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