UPDATE: May 4, 2020:
PAC has been open for women and families in need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. For the safety of our staff and clients, we continue to take necessary precautions, even as Georgia’s shelter-in-place mandate has expired.
UPDATE: March 22, 2020:
PAC is here for women and families in need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. For the safety of our staff and clients, we are taking necessary precautions, following CDC guidelines and implementing the following protocol until further notice:
Education classes are available online! Join our live class on Mondays at 1:30pm and Thursdays at 5pm via this link: CLICK HERE Recordings are available on our YouTube page. Email Courtney Cook for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The clinics are imposing a screening process for all client appointments. We’re asking every client if they’ve had a fever, cough or upper respiratory symptoms within the past two weeks and advising them to go to their doctor if-so. Positively-screened clients will be scheduled for 2-weeks out and followed up by phone. At any time, if the medical team is not comfortable scanning someone who appears to be ill, they can decide to re-schedule the medical appointment. Clients who screen positive will be followed up on before their next appointment to see if their health has improved, and if they’ve been tested for COVID-19.
Please know that we continue to maintain our high standards for safety and cleanliness. In addition to practicing preventative measures to reduce the spread of germs within our facilities, we are adding a more stringent cleaning standard to our protocol, including disinfecting advocacy rooms in between each client, wiping door knobs, computer surfaces, table tops and generally exposed areas several times per day.
We will remain vigilant in upholding these practices and will take any additional precautions recommended by the CDC & Georgia DPH.We will provide updates to our website as new information becomes available. The health and well-being of our clients, volunteers and staff are first and foremost. Gina Phillips, Director of Medical Services, and the management team are consulting the CDC and Department of Public Health websites on a daily basis for updates and recommendations. We have also consulted with our advocacy partners, Life Resources of Georgia and our accreditation consulting firm for advice on clinic protocols. To-date, we are implementing everything that has been advised.
Volunteers, please stay home for the next several weeks. For your info, non-client facing administrative staff are working at home, but are available via email and phone. Donors and friends, please refrain from clinic visits – we are prioritizing use of the clinics for clients and client-facing staff. Inside clinics staff should keep 3-6 foot distance from clients and each other. We will use words rather than gestures (hugs, handshakes, etc.) to communicate care to clients.
We encourage parishes to delay any baby bottle events that are planned for oncoming weeks. The handling and exchange of bottles and coins is not necessary right now.
In order to limit exposure to our clients, particularly pregnant women, we are temporarily closing the Roswell Baby Boutique to the general public. We are encouraging donors to hold their donations, clinic visits until further notice. We’re evaluating on a week-by-week basis and hope to be open again very soon! .
For more detailed information about COVID-19, see links below.
PROTECT YOURSELF, PROTECT OTHERS:
We encourage you to take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
Wash your hands frequently using soap and water for 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
Maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth.
Practice respiratory hygiene by covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw that tissue in the trash.
Sanitize hard surfaces daily. The coronavirus can survive on hard surfaces for up to 3 days. Hard surfaces that are touched by hands can harbor the virus and promote spread. Cell phones, laptops, countertops and door knobs are a few examples.
Seek medical care early if you have fever and respiratory symptoms
Stay at home if you feel unwell. If you plan to seek medical attention at your doctors office, call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
If you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID –19 , have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, or are developing fever, cough and shortness of breath, please call our office to speak with a healthcare professional before coming to the office. If you are developing severe symptoms, report to your local emergency department immediately or call 9-1-1.