Agency Begins Reactivation with Partial Monroe Opening, Expanded Transportation

The Center for Vision Loss initiated its reactivation process today with the partial opening of its Monroe Campus and expansion of its client transport service for all medical appointments.

Restrictions in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic were eased last Friday as Pennsylvania’s Monroe County was advanced the “yellow” phase of the state’s reopening plan. Monroe is one of three counties in the agency’s service area. Its other service counties – Lehigh and Monroe – are expected to proceed to the “yellow” phase this Friday.

Facilities inside the agency’s Monroe Campus near Stroudsburg, PA, received a hospital-grade cleaning last Friday and are available to employees only. Meanwhile, its employees are to continue off-site work whenever possible under “yellow phase” guidelines. Its Lehigh Valley Campus in Allentown, PA, is scheduled for the same cleaning this week.

The organization’s transport service for clients had been restricted to most critical medical appointments, grocery deliveries, and food deliveries since the state-mandated shutdown began in March. Drivers and clients are required to wear masks and additional protocols have been put in place under guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control. The resumption of transportation for less critical appointments comes as regional health care systems begin to see patients again for these purposes.

The agency has canceled its in-person group services for adults through July 31 and has converted many of its services for delivery by phone and video conference platforms.