Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Nov 19 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Around the country, we are seeing increases in Coronavirus cases, and in the tri-state region, we are seeing an uptick in cases. As cases rise in the State, Governor Cuomo’s Cluster Action Initiative will divide clusters (COVID-19 hot spots) and the areas around them into three categories with successively higher restrictions within each one: Red Zone – cluster Itself; Orange Zone – warning zone; and Yellow Zone – precautionary zone.

Effective November 19, certain areas in the communities of New Rochelle, Ossining, Tarrytown, Yonkers, and Peekskill have been designated YELLOW ZONES.  This is a precautionary zone that is following specific guidelines to reduce the spread of the virus in the communities. Click on the button below to view specific addresses.

Effective November 16, the City of Mount Vernon issued a stay-at-home advisory. While this is not mandatory, we are adopting the suggestion to limit travel to essential outings only and ensuring our homes avoid the area for non-essential travel.  Mount Vernon residents are urged to get tested at local medical facilities.

Port Chester along the Connecticut border including areas of Rye Brook has been designated an ORANGE ZONE which is categorized as a warning zone.  Many new restrictions including public schools moving to full remote have been put in place.

We have a Day Services program site in Port Chester and are following all regulations and guidelines set forth by the state and OPWDD which includes suspending in-person services at that location.  If you live in the area and/or frequent locations in this designated zone, please stay vigilant, keep posted on the metrics of the Micro-Cluster areas, and take every precaution set forth by the Department of Health.  All reports indicate that we have entered yet another wave of the virus and we have the power to make careful decisions that can reduce the spread in our local communities.

Westchester County DOH and Open Door Family Medical Center have coordinated to provide rapid testing at 5 Grace Church Street in Port Chester. To make an appointment CLICK HERE  or call (914) 995-7425. To learn more about Governor Cuomo’s Micro Cluster Strategy and to check your address, click on the button below.

The Governor has also announced new guidelines to the TRAVEL ADVISORY to ensure successful containment of COVID-19 in New York. The Governor has stopped posting a quarantine list of states. Effective Wednesday, November 4, there will be one rule that applies across the country for non-essential workers.

  • Out-of-state travelers will now be allowed to “Test Out” of mandatory 14-day quarantines.
  • Travelers from Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Vermont will continue to be exempt from the travel advisory; however, these travelers must still continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form.    View Interim Guidance→

For any traveler to New York State from out-of-state (excluding CT, NJ, PA, MA & VT), the new guidelines for non-essential travelers to test-out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine are as follows:

For travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours:

  • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure from that state.
  • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
  • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

For travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours:

  • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
  • The traveler must fill out the traveler information form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID test 4 days after their arrival in New York.

Additionally, the Governor has requested that people avoid non-essential tristate travel, and warnings have been issued against holiday travel.

The Arc Westchester’s OPWDD programs have been designated as Essential Services. Essential workers are exempt from Mandatory Quarantine (as they were before), however, if any of our staff have out-of-state travel plans, they will alert their direct supervisor immediately as to their destination. Essential workers continue to report to work and do not quarantine themselves from work. Essential workers returning from out of state should still get a COVID test as outlined above.

To ensure the health of all our community, we need to make sure that all infection control guidelines are followed when returning from another state. Ongoing cooperation is needed as we all continue to live in a COVID-19 environment.

Click the button below to view zoned maps and enter your address to see if you live in one of the designated areas. We are monitoring this closely and are working diligently to implement plans that will ensure the safety of the individuals we support, our staff, families, and the community.

NYS DOH

FREE COVID-19 TESTING available for ESSENTIAL HEALTHCARE WORKERS in New York State through the NYS DOH. You can make an appointment to be tested at one of several drive through or walk in testing sites by calling the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or online at https://covid19screening.health.ny.gov/


Below you will find some of our reopening plans to programs and services as we gradually prepare for the weeks and months ahead. We understand that this is a stressful situation, filled with much waiting and uncertainty. We hope that our continued communication and transparency helps to keep us all grounded and safe during this difficult time. Please follow the links below that we update regularly. Together, we will get through this. Together, we are stronger!

As many people in the United States begin to plan for fall and winter holiday celebrations and family gatherings, the CDC offers the following considerations to help protect individuals and their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19.

Click here →

Our 2019 Annual Report is a special edition celebrating the outstanding staff and direct support professionals (DSPs) who have been going above and beyond to ensure the health and safety of our individuals during COVID-19.

As we emerge from lockdown and work our way through the various stages of reopening, we remain thankful for their dedication, flexibility and unwavering commitment to those we support. Read report here →

The Arc Westchester Family suffered the loss of some very special people from  COVID-19. We pay tribute to those we lost during this difficult time. They will be always be in our hearts.

COVID Tribute

The CDC recommends that you wear masks in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others.  Click here to read how to select, wear and clean your mask.  →

To help understand Coronavirus (COVID-19) in simpler terms, check out this COVID-19 Plain Language Flyer .

This flyer was provided by the New York State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

I want to share with you the impact that Coronavirus is having on all of us at The Arc Westchester. We are experiencing one of the most difficult times our organization has ever been through in our 70-year history. With all of your help and support, we will get through this and all of us will be stronger because of it.

As a reminder, all family members and employees of The Arc Westchester who are ill should refrain from visiting an Arc Westchester location or any public location in the community as directed by the New York State Health Department.

The Arc Westchester is prepared to take any necessary steps as additional information comes to us from local officials.  Please reach out to your staff contact at The Arc Westchester with questions pertaining to you or your loved one or visit our contact page and send us a note. We welcome your comments and suggestions. You will also find links on our website to articles of interestresources and learning activities and our AT HOME series of our amazing staff and how they are keeping individuals engaged during this pandemic.

Make a gift and replenish funds for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our front-line staff.

Art by: JOHN ISRAEL
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