March 13, 2020 Update:
As always AHRC New York City’s highest priority is the health and safety of ALL members of our community. We at AHRC NYC are staying informed and are in touch with the NYC and State Departments of Health (DOH) and the CDC. We are closely following their recommendations.
In accordance with requirements from regulatory agencies and public health experts, we have instituted a policy for all visitors, including vendors, who want to enter any of our facilities/programs. Visitors will need to respond to the following three questions prior to being given entry:
• Have you traveled to another country in recent weeks? Which country?
• To your knowledge, have you had contact with any Person Under Investigation for Coronavirus within the last 14 days, or with anyone known to have coronavirus?
• Do you have any symptoms of a respiratory infection (e.g., cough, sore throat, fever, or shortness of breath)?
If the visitor/vendor answers “YES” to any of the questions, they will not be granted entry.
We do not want to offend anyone, but all people entering one of our programs will be asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival.
There are still NO plans to close facilities or services, although in order to address the constant changes, we may need to relocate some programs temporarily. We will keep everyone informed.
We have continued our increased cleaning efforts and are:
• continuously sanitizing our facilities
• continue to practice general infection control techniques
• assisting people we support in doing the same.
We continue to request that if anyone feels sick or manifests symptoms of illness – coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, fever – they should stay home and call their doctor. We also request that if anyone lives with or is in close contact with someone who is quarantined or has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus (COVID 19), inform AHRC NYC by calling 212-780-2697. Please call this number ONLY with information about exposures to the Coronavirus (COVID 19).
As always our priority is the health and safety of all members of the AHRC NYC community.
For up-to-date information on AHRC NYC’s response to the Coronavirus, visit our website at www.ahrcnyc.org. For questions about health and personal issues, call your doctor and/or contact the Department of Health at 888-364-3065 or visit https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
Numbers from Health NY.gov, 3/12/2020 @ 4.00pm.
- New York City – 95 (+42)
- New York State – 326 (+110)
World Health Organization / Federal / Other (3/12/2020)
High-Risk Countries (*This list is being updated on an ongoing basis as the situation progresses.)
Update from NYC (3/12/2020)
- The office of the Mayor declares a state of emergency in New York City.
- Case definitions scope for NYC has been refined, only NYC residents will be included in the NYC numbers.
Update from NYS / OPWDD (3/12/2020)
- State of emergency declared in Suffolk county.
Update from CDC (3/12/2020)
- CDC announced Global Outbreak designating the globe as level 2 – Sustained (ongoing) Community Spread.
- DOH Corona Virus Hotline for health providers – 866-692-3641
- Department of Health 24/7 Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
- To receive regular updates on the latest developments text:
COVID to 692-692 (for updates in English)
COVIDESP to 692-692 (for updates in Spanish)
STANDING GUIDANCE FROM NYS DOH
- Stay home if you are sick. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing — do not use your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
- Do not shake hands. Instead, wave or elbow bump.
- If you have family or friends who are elderly, have compromised immune systems or have chronic respiratory or coronary issues, do not visit them if you feel sick. Stay home and keep your loved ones safe.
- Consider telecommuting, biking, or walking to work if possible.
- Consider staggering working hours. For example, instead of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., change some work hours to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or disinfecting wipes.
- Get your flu shot. Although the flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19, it will help prevent the flu which has similar symptoms to this coronavirus.