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December 23, 2021

To Our Peoples Oakland Community,

Due to the Omicron variation, there has been an increase in COVID-19 cases. Omicron has been found in most states and territories, and the number of COVID-19 cases is fast increasing. The Omicron variation has spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and Delta variant. The CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection CAN spread the virus to others, EVEN if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms. Boosters appear to provide significant additional—but not full—protection against the Omicron variant.  The breakthrough cases are rising among the fully vaccinated population, including those who have had a third, booster shot. However, Omicron appears to be causing milder symptoms in those people, some of whom have no symptoms at all.

As a result, Peoples Oakland will begin virtual services and programming on Monday, December 27th.  Face-to-face services will be provided by appointment ONLY during the time our building is closed. Counselors will be available via phone, email, and Zoom during regular business hours. During our closure, you can expect to hear from your counselor on a regular basis. Counselor availability varies. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, call the Re:solve Crisis Network’s 24-hour hotline at 1-888-796-8226.

We will continue to monitor cases and keep you informed of any changes to the program. We will determine a reopening date based on decreased cases and information from local and staff officials. We recognize that this is a difficult time for everyone, but as recent weeks have shown, the challenges we continue to face during this pandemic are ever-changing and complex, but we will overcome them if we work together.

Thank you for everything you do to keep Peoples Oakland a safe place for our community.


Lezetta L. Cox

Executive Director

Mission Statement

Peoples Oakland strives to be a premier recovery and wellness center, and is committed to holistic, comprehensive, member driven recovery. Guiding all Peoples Oakland services and activities is a philosophy of Recovery based on real life experiences nurtured by peer support, hope, self-help and collaborative relationships with professionals. Peoples Oakland continues as a leader in providing Recovery based comprehensive psychiatric and social rehabilitation services for Allegheny County adults with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders.


Peoples Oakland will continue to build an organization that, with partners and through networks, will make this region a leader in supporting people who are recovering from serious and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders.