COVID-19 Update
September 25, 2020

NYS Travel Advisory Update
On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo announced the addition of five states to the travel advisory. Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Wyoming now meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory. No locations were removed from the list. Chapters should continue to review the list and advise employees of the current designated states. The current list can be found here.
The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) shared data regarding the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and deaths due to COVID-19 within the service system. 
As of September 23, 2020:
  • 3,534 individuals supported have been confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • 2,839 of these cases involve individuals residing in certified residential facilities.
  • There have been 466 deaths relating to COVID-19.
  • 4,352 staff have been confirmed to have COVID-19.
OPWDD has not yet supplied more detailed data regarding COVID-19 cases by setting. As a reminder, New York state maintains data on cases by county here.
Webinar: Transitioning Away from Center-Based Day Programs 
The Arc US conducted a webinar on September 16, titled "Transitioning Away from Center-Based Day: Examples and a Conversation." The PowerPoint slides can be found here and you can watch the webinar recording hereThis is one in a series of conversations around this topic. We will share additional webinar opportunities as they emerge. 

OPWDD Return to Day Services Webinar Materials 
On September 17, OPWDD conducted a webinar to assist Care Managers and providers in supporting individuals with making informed choices about returning to in-person day services. Titled "COVID-19 Webinar: The Return to Day Services and Individual Decision-Making," the webinar provided an overview of the OPWDD Person-Centered Planning process and its role in supporting individuals to decide whether or not to return to a day program.

To view the recorded webinar, select "All Webinars" on the OPWDD Care Coordination Organization Provider Page.

Follow-up to Thursday's Phone Rally
A big thank you to everyone who engaged in the phone rally yesterday. Your actions have created a lot of buzz among legislators, who are now asking additional questions. If you have not done so already, please complete this survey if you participated in any way. It is important to know the impact from Thursday as we move forward with this campaign. Stay tuned for additional calls to action surround this topic. 

This and all related updates will be cataloged on The Arc New York COVID-19 Resource Page for future reference. Please contact us if you have questions regarding any of this information.

Josh Christiana, Associate Executive Director for Quality, Compliance & Chapter Relations

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