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The Center shares COVID-19 updates and resources

It seems hard to believe that it has nearly 17 months since the COVID-19 pandemic hit San Diego. After this difficult time, we were heartened and hopeful for a brighter chapter when the vaccines became widely available. Now as new strains arise, and as misinformation and pushback around the vaccine persists, cases are rising once again and the normal we had hoped to return to has moved further away. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now recommending that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people in San Diego wear masks when indoors. San Diego County has a "high" level of coronavirus transmission as of last week with 190 new cases per 100,000 residents between July 27 and August 2.

As these COVID-19 infection rates climb in San Diego County, The Center wants to share updated resources with our LGBTQ community. We are partnering with San Diego County to help everyone access a safe and free COVID-19 vaccine. Two weeks ago, in partnership with Family Health Centers of San Diego, we held a vaccine clinic for those 12+ years old and were successful in vaccinating over 30 community members, providing $50 gift card incentives for anyone who received the one dose J&J vaccine or a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. If you, or someone you know, would like to get vaccinated, please visit sandiegocounty.gov for sites and locations in both English and Spanish or contact The Center's Luis Montero-Adams at LMonteroAdams@thecentersd.org to access any of the three approved vaccines at a County location/date/time that works best for you.

We also want to let you know that a new eviction moratorium was passed last week and will stay in effect until October 2021. Also, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Housing and Community Development Services (HCDS) is taking measures to ensure San Diegans are provided the highest level of customer service during this challenging time. Visit their website for COVID-19 Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance programs, rental assistance, funding availability, community outreach, and more. 


As we have since the beginning, The Center is here for you, as we continue to provide Emergency Services like an Emergency Referral & Reference Phone Line, Food Programs and Resources, Virtual Discussion and Support Groups, Behavioral Health Services, Youth and Senior Services, Housing Resources and Rental Assistance, and HIV Testing. Please reach out if you need our services by calling 619.800.4252 from 9am - 4pm or 619.800.4216 from 4pm - 9pm. We are here for you and always will be! We will get through this, like we have through many other challenging times, together in community.