A Message from President & CEO Heather Patrick Regarding Our Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Prevent Blindness Texas is closely monitoring the local impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak cases in Texas and  is closely monitoring the safety and well-being of our staff, partners, volunteers and clients. We are taking the guidance and precautionary steps based on the guidelines of local health officials and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The following information applies to all Prevent Blindness Texas physical offices located in Houston and San Antonio.

Our Staff, Volunteers, and Partners

The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and partners is of primary concern to Prevent Blindness Texas. We are always happy to serve all of our walk-in clients, but during this time, we are taking proactive steps to implement health safety measures in our office to best protect the spread of the virus or respiratory illness. For this reason, we are encouraging clients to refrain from visiting our physical offices located in Houston and San Antonio if you are sick, are experiencing any symptoms of the coronavirus, or believe you recently been exposed to the virus. We also ask that you please use good judgment if you have already scheduled an appointment with one of our participating partners. Prevent Blindness Texas is currently determining our in-office work policy and will also update if there are any office closures. If we temporarily close our office, we will be sure to notify our stakeholders and will make every effort to operate virtually. If you have questions related to programs and services, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].

Upcoming Community Outreach and Special Events

Prevent Blindness Texas participates in many community outreach events throughout the year, and we have decided to postpone our participation in community outreach events (screenings, trainings, etc.) through the end of March 2020, to better protect our staff and volunteers. We are also discussing contingency plans for upcoming special events in the next few months. We appreciate your patience and understanding as our staff meets to discuss the possibility of postponing events until further notice. We will continue to update our participants and partners through email, phone calls, social media channels, and on our website.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit www.CDC.gov or https://hhs.texas.gov/services/health/coronavirus-covid-19 to get the latest information.  Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. We wish everyone in our communities to stay healthy and well!

Regards,

Heather Patrick, President and CEO