Important COVID-19 Information
NIH Treatment Guidelines
December 16, 2021
CDC– Updated Info on Vaccines for Specific Groups of People
December 15, 2021
CDC- Updated Info About COVID Vaccine Booster Shots
December 15, 2021
NYC Health Department Press Release
October 26, 2021
September 1, 2021
NOTE: All visitors and staff are required to complete the COVID-19 Screening tool to access any of ACA/NY’s locations. This screening must also be completed by both staff and members/families when conducting visits in the community. Click the link titled “Questionnaire” below or scan the QR code below to complete the required form and acknowledgements.
The health and safety of our members, families and employees are our utmost priority.
The resources below are in English. To access COVID-19 information and resources in other languages go to the CDC website.
- COVID 19 Symptoms – What to Look for:
- Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions such as heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19.
- Learn more from the COVID-19 Fact Sheet or COVID-19 in Plain Language Flyer or call the Department of Health at 1-888-364-3065
- The Coronavirus Self-Checker is an interactive clinical assessment tool that will assist people ages 13 and older, and parents and caregivers of children ages 2 to 12 on deciding when to seek testing or medical care if they suspect they or someone they know has contracted COVID-19 or has come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19. The online, mobile-friendly tool asks a series of questions, and based on the user’s responses, provides recommended actions and resources. Visit the Coronavirus Self Checker.
- Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19 >>
- Testing – Considerations for who Should get Tested:
- People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
- People who have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.
- People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their health care provider or by the Department of Health.
- Not everyone needs to be tested. If you do get tested, you should self-quarantine/isolate at home pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.
- Contact Tracing:
- Contact tracing protects our members, you, your family and the community at large. Learn more at about contact tracing.
- Protect Yourself and Others:
- What to do if you are Sick:
- People at Increased Risk:
- Older adults, people with medical conditions and people living in nursing homes, group homes and long-term facilities are at increased risk. Learn about extra precautions to take.
- Daily Activities and Going Out:
- Stress and Coping:
- Guidance Documents from ACA/NY
- Back To Program Flyer 9/2020
- Life Plan Effective Dates 8/26/20
- IDD Checklist – Returning to Program for Members and Families 8/2020
- Guidance Document for Members/Families – Reopening of Programs 8/2020
- CCO Provider Letter 4/17/20
- Benefits and Entitlements Resources 4/16/20
- Behavioral Health Guidance and Support Document 4/15/20
- COVID-19 Disability Form NY 4/7/20
- CCO Protocol for Identifying High Needs 4/2020
- Interim Guidance and Regulatory Updates from OPWDD, DOH, CDC, NYSED and NYC
- August 2021
- December 2020
- OPWDD’s list of programs located in an identified cluster zone. Click here to view the statewide list. 12/15/20 >>
- November 2020
- October 2020
- Quick Reference: List of Programs Impacted 10/28/20
- Interim COVID-19 Guidance: Designated Cluster Mitigation 10/25/20
- Health Advisory: All Residential Congregate Facilities 10/25/20
- New York Forward Cluster Action Initiative
- NYSED – Special Education FAQs 10/15/20
- NYC COVID-19 – Localized Restricted Zones List 10/7/20
- NYC COVID-19 – Address Look Up for Restricted Zones 10/7/20
- September 2020
- July 2020
- June 2020
- April 2020
- March 2020
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
People with I/DD and those with Certain Comorbidities and Underlying Conditions are Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine on February 15, 2021
- For a complete list of qualifying conditions, Click Here.
- To check your eligibility or schedule an appointment, Click Here
- For information about NY’s vaccination rollout, Click Here
5 Things to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccine
- The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority.
- COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19 and will help your body fight the virus if you are exposed. Two doses are needed.
- After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection.
- Cost is not an obstacle to getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
- COVID-19 vaccines are one of many important tools to help stop this pandemic. Wearing masks, hand washing, and social distancing help lower your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others.
- 1/9/21 – Three new vaccine hub sites located in Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn are now open. Twelve additional hubs will open next week across the five boroughs, adding to the over 125 sites that are currently up and running for eligible New Yorkers citywide. Learn more at Health Department’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hubs Open – NYC Health.
- 1/5/21 – Guidance for the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), Office of Mental Health (OMH), and Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) for Prioritization of Essential Healthcare and Direct Support Personnel as well as High-Risk Populations for COVID-19 Vaccination
- 1/4/21 – Video: The Facts about Covid-19 Vaccines for Direct Support Professionals
- 1/4/21 – Guidance for Facilities, Providers, and Local Health Departments Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine Weeks 1-5 New York State Vaccination Program
- 12/30/20 – OPWDD Interim Guidance: Use of an Informed Consent Committee for Consent to the COVID-19 Vaccine
- To learn more about Guidance for the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), Office of Mental Health (OMH), and Office of Addiction Services and Support (OASAS) regarding Prioritization of Essential Healthcare and Direct Support Personnel as well as High Risk Populations for COVID-19 Vaccination, click here.
- A Message from OPWDD Commissioner Theodore Kastner, M.D., M.S. – Important Information about the COVID-19 Vaccine for People with Developmental Disabilities
- COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
- COVID-19 Immunization Screening and Consent Form