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A LETTER TO FAMILIES AND STAFF RE: COVID-19 FROM PRESIDENT AND CEO, SUSAN CONSTANTINO

As we are moving into the late Fall and perhaps another COVID wave, I am writing to you for three purposes.
 
First, I would like to thank you for all you have done since last March to keep our individuals safe.  Your work in the heart of NYC’s COVID outbreak was one of the most courageous actions I have ever seen.  You cared more about the folks you support than yourselves.  When the whole of the City did not know exactly what to do, you kept our homes running and people happy.
 
It was a difficult job but you did it.  As we get ready for clusters of COVID and zones around the clusters in the coming months, you can be confident that we have PPE and plans for each of our homes based on what we learned from you.
 
My second purpose for writing is to describe our COVID testing policy to you and why it is so important.  Our regulatory agencies, NYS OPWDD and NYS DOH, have recommended weekly testing for staff in the RED, ORANGE and YELLOW Zones.  Red Zones are those within the COVID cluster itself.  Orange Zones are warning zones and Yellow Zones are precautionary zones.
 
We know that testing is not always easy, but we must be tested in order to help stop the spread of COVID.  I am asking that you follow our guidance on testing which is:
 
If you work at a home in the RED zone, or if you live in the RED zone, you need to get a test weekly.  We will give you information on where you can get tested.
 
If you work or live in an Orange or Yellow zone, you will need to be tested monthly.  In each case, you must give us the results of the tests.  I can’t say enough about how important this is for the safety of you, your co-workers and the individuals we support.  That is why we are requiring the testing.
 
Please remember that another line of defense against COVID is masks and gloves.  Regardless of where you work and if it is in a “zone” or not, you must always wear a mask and gloves when needed.
 
My third purpose in writing is to remind you to VOTE.  It is such a critical time and your vote matters.  We can vote up until November 3rd and your vote counts.  Please vote.
 
As always, thank you for being a part of Constructive Partnerships Unlimited and for your extraordinary work.
 
Sincerely,
Susan Constantino
President & CEO

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