Street Works Response to COVID-19
3/23/2020

These are difficult times for all of us. Street Works is urging people to act with kindness, not stigma and discrimination—people affected by COVID-19 are part of the solution and must be supported.

We know that COVID-19 is serious and set to hit countries with the highest burden of HIV very soon. Everyone, including people living with HIV, should take the recommended precautions to reduce exposure to COVID-19:

  • Regular and thorough hand washing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Make sure that you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene—cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

What Street Works is doing

Street Works offices are currently closed. Effective 3/23/20, Street Works closed its offices to aid with reducing person to person contact as we practice social distancing as recommended by the CDC. Street Works anticipates reopening their doors by 4/27/20, in compliance with the Mayors Safer at home order and the CDC. This applies to all onsite services including; Case Management, RWES, Housing, Psychosocial and Early Intervention. Street Works will continue to serve the community through various ways; including:

  • Nutrition Vouchers will be available on a case by case basis. If you have any questions, you can reach out to Leonard Johnson at 615-717-8008.
  • SSP, needle exchange, will continue to operate as normal. To utilize these services, contact one of the provided phone numbers.
    • Robert Crawford – 615-779-4840
    • Hannah Meineke – 615-438-3259
    • Lisa Brooks – 615-717-8567

What Street Works recommends

HIV services must continue to be made available for people living with and at risk of HIV. This includes ensuring the availability of condoms, opioid substitution therapy, sterile needles and syringes, harm reduction, pre-exposure prophylaxis and HIV testing. To prevent people from running out of medicines and to reduce the need to access the health system, Street Works recommends you have mulit-months’ supply of all medication and adhere to the directive of official government.