Chapters are experiencing increased cases of quarantine/isolation directed by medical professionals, rather than the Local Health Department (LHD). We reached out to OPWDD's Director of Incident Management and the Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Quality Improvement (DQI) to seek clarification. OPWDD expects providers will make notifications following the process detailed in the
OPWDD COVID-19 Phone Notification Requirements
document whenever they become aware of a staff or individual that has been directed to quarantine/isolate by a medical professional.
This is in addition to making notifications in response to any COVID-19 related quarantine and/or isolation orders served by their LHD.
Supply Order Process Reminder
The Arc New York has secured bulk orders of N95 respirators, masks and gloves to help Chapters meet their preliminary supply needs in this crisis.
Moving forward, OPWDD has a specific process to assist providers with requests for personal protective equipment (PPE). As a first step, Chapters should look to local sourcing methods of obtaining supplies. Secondarily, Chapters should reach out to their local Office of Emergency Management (OEM). A listing of OEMs can be found
Chapters do not receive response or support from their OEM, they should send a request to OPWDD via email to
. The request must include some specific information, outlined below. Most importantly, the tracking/confirmation number provided by OEM should be included in the email to OPWDD. OPWDD has the ability to view requests made to the local OEMs and this number will assist them in sorting requests.
The following is the minimum information that must be included:
- Type and Quantity of PPE by size
- Point of Contact at the requesting facility or system
- Delivery location
- Date request is needed to be filled by
- Record of pending order (OEM tracking/confirmation number)
OPWDD is developing specific guidance on the process for requesting their support in obtaining supplies, which may include different information than the above. We will distribute this guidance once it is available.
Personal Protective Equipment Burn Rate Calculator
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a useful tool to plan and optimize the use of PPE for response to COVID-19, the
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator
. We encourage all Chapters to use this tool to help monitor their use of PPE and determine when additional supplies will be needed. The spreadsheet includes specific instructions on how to complete entries.
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