The India Street Public Health Center will resume its clinical services and Needle Exchange Program on Monday, March 30. This comes after a two week closure due to widespread staff exposure to COVID-19. The City had no other choice but to cease operations since it did not have any staff who could work as they all had to quarantine.
The clinic building at 103 India Street will remain closed to all walk-in appointments and needle exchange services. The Portland Community Free Clinic and STD Clinic will be triaging patients over the phone and offering clinical appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Needle Exchange Program will offer outreach hours Monday - Friday, and limited weekend hours, on the corner of Oxford and Elm Streets.
“The Portland Community Free Clinic is looking forward to serving our clients once again for primary care services. We will be working closely with clients and volunteer providers to make sure everyone is free from symptoms of COVID-19 and not putting others at risk when coming in for visits. We will also be practicing social distancing. Our staff wishes to thank the greater Portland community for your support,” said Dr. Kathleen Fairfield, Medical Director of the Portland Community Free Clinic.
For the health and safety of clients and staff, the Clinic will not be hosting walk-in STD services at this time. The India Street Public Health Center remains committed to ensuring residents of Portland have low-barrier access to STD screening and treatment. Clients obtaining PrEP services through India Street Public Health Center will continue to receive the same level of care they are accustomed to. Please call the clinic if you have questions or would like information on how to access services.
The Portland Needle Exchange Program will be providing outreach exchanges each morning from 8-9am and Monday - Friday from 12-3 PM. Limited late afternoon hours will be available. Please follow Portland Public Health Division on Facebook for additional information.
“The services provided at the India Street Public Health Center are vital to the community. We are adapting our operations to safely meet the needs of our clients while remaining devoted to providing high-quality, compassionate care,” stated Dr. Christina DeMatteo, STD Clinic and Needle Exchange Program Medical Director.
People who are ill with symptoms resembling COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) should not come in for a visit to any of the Clinic’s programs until they are without symptoms for 72 hours. Please check the Maine CDC website for further guidance on symptoms and testing sites, call your primary care provider, or visit an urgent care center or emergency department if necessary.