To our Open Cities Health Center community,
Our Role and How You Can Help
We know you are all inundated with information, but in times like this, it is more important than ever that we communicate with each other and stay informed. With new information being released daily about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), we want to take this time to let our community know that Open Cities remains open, and is doing everything it can to serve our vulnerable community.
Community Health Centers are on the front lines when it comes to response, preparation, and prevention of COVID-19. As you are well aware, the virus has caused a wide-spread shortage of supplies and CHCs need immediate and direct support to ensure that their patients, staff, and community at large are protected as they address the spread of the virus. Open Cities, while simultaneously dealing with its own internal financial crisis, is now absorbing the strain of additional CRITICAL supplies such as masks, gloves, gowns, sanitizer, etc.
These are unprecedented times and the world at large is feeling the severe financial impact. It is vital in times such as these that those who are able to give financially, do so. If you would like to donate directly to Open Cities, you can do so here. Additionally, donating to your local food banks, homeless shelters, and other essential organizations serving the underserved in our community is crucial right now.
Our Commitment to Our Patients
At Open Cities, we understand that our patients and community have questions regarding COVID-19 and do not know where to go in terms of testing, treatment and overall knowledge of the global impact of this virus. We have made it over 50 years in the healthcare field and plan to be here for years to come, helping those who do not have insurance, are not from this country, and cannot afford essential services. Open Cities has never turned away any patient who came in looking for care, and we continue that belief to this day and onwards into the future.
We have put together an FAQ for our patients here and are continually educating them on best practices and ways they can take care of themselves and others.
On top of the already fastidious cleaning processes we follow daily, we are implementing the following steps to mitigate the spread of the virus and the strain on our already overburdened health systems:
- Effective Tuesday March 17, all staff that are not involved in direct patient care will work from home for a minimum of two weeks.
- Effective Tuesday March 17, per the recommendation of the Dental Board, all dental services are suspended for a minimum of two weeks and will then be re-evaluated on a weekly basis.
- Effective Saturday March 21, we will be suspending Saturday clinic until the end of April to minimize exposure for both our providers and patients.
- All offsite screenings and outreach efforts are suspended until further notice.
Staying Informed and Acting Accordingly
Staying calm, informed, and proactive is key as our nation and the world attempt to slow the spread and treat the virus. We will continue to regularly monitor recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and make decisions accordingly.
To that end, the Community Reception scheduled for April 24, 2020 at the Town and Country Club has been cancelled. Thank you to everyone who has already registered to attend. Your tickets will be refunded to your original payment method.
If you have questions, email events@opencitieshealth.
Stay calm, stay home if you are able, and stay connected to your friends, family, and local organizations who work every day to make our community healthier.
It is our privilege and duty to serve our community, and we appreciate all of the continuous support. We will continue to post updates on our website and social media pages which are linked below.
The Open Cities Health Center team