March 5, 2020
Friends and valued supporters,
Given the rapidly changing news about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we’re monitoring the situation closely. The people we serve are our highest priority, and we will continue to do everything we can to provide services while taking the utmost precaution for the health and safety of our clients, staff, and volunteers.
In addition to utilizing good public health practices recommended by local health organizations and experts, we are making plans that can be quickly implemented if needed and as more info is available. We are in contact with local health officials and are monitoring any recommended changes to avoid putting our clients, staff, and volunteers at higher risk for infection. We are fully committed to taking appropriate precautions to provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone we serve.
Here is what we are currently doing:
- Encouraging people to use good preventative practices including frequent and thorough hand washing; avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth; and social distancing from anyone who is coughing or sneezing
- Providing ample hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies throughout our facilities and disinfecting common meeting and workspace surfaces routinely
- Encouraging people to remain at home if they feel sick or are in a more vulnerable category (over age 60, have underlying health conditions or weakened immune systems, and/or are pregnant)
At this time, our services and events are operating as scheduled. We’ll let you know about any significant changes and developments as they occur by providing general updated information on our Facebook page and website.
We know all too well how stigma impacts communities and the spread of infectious disease. Already, some communities are being targeted in connection to COVID-19, although the virus is not connected to any race, ethnicity, or nationality. It is important that we address the coronavirus as we would any other contagious disease — with guidance grounded in facts and good public health practices. We stand with our allies and encourage everyone to be compassionate and prevent stigmatization by sharing accurate information. We invite you to learn more about how to prevent, interrupt, and respond to stigma.
During this time of uncertainty, we are doing our best to remain a place of support and consistency for our clients, staff, and volunteers. We will update you when the need arises. In the meantime, if you have any questions please email us. We know this is a difficult time and we offer you our support.
Here are a few links to find accurate and up-to-date information about COVID-19:
Tacoma Pierce County Health Department
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services
More information on the virus specific to HIV can be found in this article from POZ Magazine.
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact Erick Seelbach, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org