March 12 COVID-19 Update: Closed for Cleaning March 13 & Gift Card Drive
From: Dar’Nesha Weary, PNA Executive Director
I want to share some important updates with you regarding our response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). While the PNA remains open at this time, we are making some significant measures and preparations to care for our community members and to do our part in helping prevent further spread of the disease.
PNA CLEANING DAY ON FRIDAY, MARCH 13
The Phinney Center will close this Friday, March 13. The day will be dedicated to deep cleaning and disinfecting for all horizontal surfaces, such as floors, desks, chairs, and countertops, in addition to door handles and other frequently touched surfaces. The PNA will conduct deep cleaning with detergent and sanitizing with bleach solution to kill germs and viruses. This one-day closure will affect all PNA locations, including the Phinney Center (Blue Building and Brick Building) and the Greenwood Senior Center (early closure). We are closing for preparedness reasons only. We DO NOT have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the PNA.
The Phinney Center will be closed all day tomorrow, and the Greenwood Senior Center (GSC) will be open from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm, and will continue to serve lunch.
The PNA will use this day to train the entire PNA staff to most effectively deliver services and how we can best support our neighbors with the highest need during this pandemic. We hope this day off will also provide time for PNA community and families to pause and plan for the rapidly changing situation.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Most importantly, if you are sick, stay home and seek medical attention.
- Be educated about how to maintain healthy habits, including covering coughs and sneezes and washing hands often for 20 seconds.
- Practice responsible use and consumption of social media. Sharing inaccurate information can create anxiety and further complicate an already challenging public health situation.
- Read our email updates, and refer to our COVID-19 information page for additional information, resources, and prior communication related to COVID-19.
As many of you have already asked, we have a contingency plan in place to ensure that we’re able to return to our daily services as quickly as possible after this unforeseen event.
To support our community, we now are collecting gift cards in increments of $25 for grocery stores and drug stores that can be distributed to families and local organizations serving our most vulnerable population. Suggested options are for Kroger/Fred Meyer/QFC, Safeway, Grocery Outlet, Ken’s Market, Target, Wal-Mart, CVS, Rite Aid, and Bartell Drugs. Gift cards can be dropped off or mailed to the Phinney Center (6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103) and e-gift cards can be emailed to [email protected].
This is uncharted territory for all of us, and I ask for your continued well wishes and grace as we get through this time of trial and change together. With proper planning and by staying strong, we shall remain hopeful and encouraged to have sufficient grace for all things, especially in times of hardship, difficulties, and weakness.
PNA Executive Director