End of Temporary Closure

Open starting 11/17 following temporary closure for cleaning and COVID-19 testing

11/17 Update

We’re open again, and back to normal COVID protocols. The space has been professional cleaned, and staff have all tested negative. Members who came in contact with the one-time visitor from 11/5 who had tested positive have either tested negative or are self- monitoring and quarantining until the end of the 14 day period starting on 11/5 (which would end on 11/19).

All things considered, we’re grateful and encouraged by the seriousness and transparency with which all of our volunteers and members took this incident. We will continue to evaluate our COVID protocols in light of Allegheny County infection rates and all relevant health and government authorities.

11/16 Update

Staff test results have taken longer than anticipated, likely due to high testing volumes, so the shop will remain closed on 11/16. We anticipate reopening on 11/17 at 10am, but will update here if there are further delays. The shop has been professionally cleaned as planned.

11/13 Original Message

Last night, on November 12, we found out that a guest who visited the space last Thursday, November 5, has tested positive for COVID-19.

They were in the textiles and Trotec laser areas of the space from approximately 6 – 9:30 pm that day. They wore a mask and followed all of our standard COVID protocols during their time here, and that has been their only presence in the space. They began to develop minor symptoms over the following weekend, took a test earlier this week, and received positive test results earlier in the day on November 12.

As a result, we are closing the space from today, November 13, until Sunday, November 15, and, barring any unexpected changes, will reopen on Monday, November 16 at 10am.

The space is scheduled to be professionally cleaned later today. Both Alexis and I, as staff, and the members with whom the visitor interacted will be taking tests today and expect to have result before the space reopens on Monday. All members who have used the space on 11/5 or later are receiving this notice and are encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms and seek testing if they or their healthcare provider believe it is warranted.

For those who do seek testing, the Curative drive-through testing site in Mckeesport has a number of appointments available to be booked on their website for today, November 13. This is a free test. We do ask anyone who feels their contact has been significant enough to receive a test to also refrain from using the space until that test comes back negative. Test results often come back in a few days.

We are greatly appreciative to our guests and members for taking potential COVID exposure seriously, and for sharing with us when they experience symptoms, believe they may have been exposed, and take tests to confirm their status.

We believe this was a relatively low-exposure event, but are sharing it and our risk-mitigation measures to keep everyone in our community safe and informed.

Please feel free to follow up with me by email at devin@protohaven.org if you have any questions.

Best,

Devin Montgomery
Founder & Executive Director, Protohaven