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Coronavirus Update – Alder Health Services (March 2020)

Alder Health Services to Remain Open to Provide Care

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FROM ALDER HEALTH SERVICES – 

Dear Alder Health Family,

First of all, we want you to know that we are here for you and will provide care for the community through the COVID-19 crisis.  Based on the public health information and guidance that we are receiving from the PA Dept. of Health and the CDC, our doors will remain open.  However, to further the community-wide prevention efforts across the South Central PA region, we have decided to suspend certain services in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our communities.

As of this writing, ONLY the following Alder Health programs and services will be suspended during this time period:

WALK-IN STI & HIV TESTING:

Wednesday, March 18th and March 25th  - 4:00 – 8:00 PM

MPOWER PA PROGRAMS:

Fluid Art Work Shop

Friday, March 20th  - 7:00pm - 9:00 PM

Mpower Core Group

Monday, March 16th - 7:00-9:00 PM

Monday, March 30th - 7:00-9:00 PM

Queers and Quests (Held at the LGBT Center of Central PA)

Tuesday, March 24th  - 6:00- 8:00 PM

THE WELLNESS CENTER AT ALDER HEALTH:

Open Gym Hours

Monday, March 16th  - 12:00 - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, March 18th  - 12:00- 3:00 PM
Thursday, March 19th - 12:00- 8:00 PM
Friday, March 20th  - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday, March 23rd  - 12:00 - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, March 25th - 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Friday, March 27th - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday, March 30th - 12:00 - 6:00 PM

Community Self-Defense Class

Thursday, March 26th - 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Hatha Yoga with Janus

Monday, March 16th -  6:00 - 7:00 PM
Monday, March, 23rd - 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Monday, March 30th -  6:00 - 7:00 PM

Beginners Yoga with Noah

Tuesday, March 17th - 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Tuesday, March 24th - 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Tuesday, March 31st - 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Shred Your Fears Skateboarding Workshop

Sunday, March 29th – 1:00 – 4:00 PM (Alder Health parking lot, 100 N. Cameron Street)

Continuing Services With Minimal Interruption
  • Primary medical care will continue on as normal a schedule as possible.  Our Medical Director, pharmacist and the medical clinic team will triage patients for acute care, follow-up appointments, prescription refills, and other priority health care needs.  There may be a need to reschedule certain non-essential visits.  
  • Behavioral Health Services are expected to continue on a normal schedule.  However, it is still important to check in with us first if you are having symptoms of illness before arriving for an appointment.  You may also contact your therapist if you have questions.
  • Case Management & Support Services will continue via phone only. There will be no home or office visits during this time period. You may contact your case manager if you have questions. 

For the past few weeks, Alder Health has diligently followed COVID-19 Precautions and other preventive measures based on recommendations from federal and state public health entities. These include new sign-in procedures, posting signs throughout the health clinic, the Wellness Center and administrative offices to encourage frequent and thorough hand washing, wiping down all surfaces and frequently touched areas daily and after group gatherings.  We are also sharing social distancing guidelines to avoid close physical contact (i.e. handshaking, hugs), and directing staff, volunteers, and participants to stay home if they are sick.

We ask that you follow these guidelines to help us keep our staff, other patients and YOU healthy:

  • If you are sick, call us at 717-233-7190 and share your symptoms (cough and/or a fever) BEFORE planning to visit us. To limit your exposure to additional illnesses, our team will evaluate and treat you over the phone if possible. If you still need to come to Alder Health to be treated, we will coordinate with you and our providers to have you seen as quickly as possible.
  • We will give you a mask to wear and get you in a private room when you arrive if you are here for a medical appointment. Before receiving a mask, cover any coughs and sneezes with a tissue to help prevent the spread of germs and throw all used tissues in the trash.
Support for Higher-Risk Community Members

We know that some of our community members are at greater risk of being affected by COVID-19, including our LGBTQ+ older adults and people with compromised immune systems. As we have always done in times of increased need, we are encouraging our communities to support and care for one another.

The LGBT Center of Central PA, one of Alder Health’s leading partner organizations, has created a virtual community network at Slack to support LGBTQ+ people in Central PA who have acute financial and mobility needs during this time. If you are able to provide services, goods, or financial support, please join an existing channel or create a new one. Anyone is welcome to utilize and participate in this resource, although its primarily focus is on the needs of LGBTQ+ individuals.

Please direct your questions regarding the Center’s virtual community program to Amanda Arbour, Executive Director, at aarbour@centralpalgbtcenter.org, or 717-920-9534.

In conclusion, the team here at Alder Health Services and our Board of Directors is committed to ensuring the ongoing delivery of care in the safest way possible. We will update you with more information as it becomes available. We are here if you need us and will continue to be responsive to the needs of our community.   Please take care of yourself and your loved ones…properly wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, avoid close contact and large gatherings, stay informed and alert.  Be prepared, not scared.