As you may be aware, yesterday 11/9/2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a large portion of Erie County as a “Yellow Zone” according to his Micro Cluster Initiative to reduce the spread of COVID19.

What does this mean for your loved one who receives support from Community Services for Every1: 

The safety of your loved one is our priority. We are continuing our diligence by wearing masks or face coverings, utilizing proper hand hygiene and ensuring our homes and buildings are clean and disinfected regularly.

OPWDD is recommending weekly testing of our employees and those we support while in the designated Yellow Zone.  While this is not a requirement, we have communicated that proactive testing is available to our staffing and your loved one.

There is no cost associated with testing if people go through the Department of Health testing sites.  If they choose to go elsewhere, they may be charged a fee, this fee will not be reimbursed by the agency. Therefore, we have suggested people go to the following link https://www2.erie.gov/health/index.php?q=covid-19-testing-information or call the Dept. of Health directly to request testing based on the cluster initiative 716-858-2929.

Our staff will assist your loved one as necessary with obtaining proactive testing.