Since the initial shut down in March 2020, Bell leadership and staff have remained diligent in their efforts to stay informed and share information about COVID-19 related recommendations and protocols. Our first priority continues to be providing quality care while keeping everyone as safe and healthy as possible.

We have identified a Pandemic Safety Officer to provide guidance and consistency when handling COVID situations.  We are also providing Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) leave in order to assist staff with testing and personal needs as defined by the Act.

We  remain attentive to and follow guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PA Department of Health and PA Department of Human Services Office of Developmental Programs (ODP).

The main office at 160 S. George Street is closed to the public.

Oasis House is closed to the public.

Rita Patz Liberty Bell Drop-In is closed.

Day programs typically held in the main office building and Oasis House have been suspended, with some being reformatted to be offered remotely.

In order to minimize risk of exposure to the coronavirus as we continue to operate in the main office and our residential programs, we are

  • Wearing face masks
  • Promoting good hygiene habits
  • Maintaining physical distancing to the extent possible
  • Regularly cleaning and sanitizing residential units and work sites
  • Limiting visitors


  • Protocols are in place in the event someone presents symptoms/tests positive
  • Extra personal protection equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies are kept on hand
  • We have an established relationship with a professional sanitizing company


  • Taking temperatures
    • IDD residential staff, as soon as they arrive to work in group homes
    • Shelter staff and families
    • Mental Health – encourage employees to monitor themselves before coming into work and report anything abnormal to their supervisor
    • Employees coming to the main office who do not work there


  • Residential programs also do the following
    • Cleaning and sanitizing residences throughout work shifts
    • Cleaning and sanitizing transport vehicles after each use (IDD)
    • Issuing questionnaires to querying people as they come into a residence about their exposure to COVID
    • Encouraging staff to be mindful of activities during their personal time that may increase exposure