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 and 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).
UPDATE JANUARY 2022: MASKS STILL REQUIRED in all Bell programs
With the spread of COVID-19 variants still keeping positive case numbers high in York County, all staff, service users, and visitors entering the main Bell office or any Bell program property are still required to wear masks while in the common areas of those building. Masks are also required for staff transporting service users in vehicles.
Agency leadership continues to monitor the pandemic situation and consider recommendations from government entities, including specific requirements from those who license/monitor our programs, in making any adjustments to this requirement.
Any changes as time goes on will be communicated to staff and posted here.
UPDATE AUGUST 2021: MASKS REQUIRED in ALL Bell programs
All staff, service users, and visitors entering the main Bell office or any Bell program property are required to wear masks while in the common areas of those building. Masks are also required for staff transporting service users in vehicles.
Agency leadership is monitoring the pandemic situation as well as taking into consideration recommendations from government entities, including specific requirements from those who license/monitor our programs.
Any changes to the current requirement will be communicated to staff and posted here.
UPDATE JULY 2021: The main office at 160 S. George Street is now OPEN.
The Bell administrative office is now open. As of June 28, masks are not required to be worn in the building; people are welcome to wear masks if they choose. As some or all requirements may still continue for other Bell locations, and will vary based on program regulations, please check with program management for clarification.
UPDATE MARCH 2021
The following mental health department programs are now OPEN with limited hours and capacity, which vary by program. Please call in to get details.
Oasis House – 717.848.3566
Rita Patz Liberty Bell Drop-In – 717.845.6919
New Beginnings – 717.848.5767
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