Covid-19 Action Plan
APA and the NYM Chapter have been closely tracking the escalating COVID-19 pandemic, with the health, safety, and welfare of those we serve uppermost in our minds. As a precaution to keep the members safe and healthy, in line with recommendations by CDC and the governments, all currently scheduled in-person events in the near future are postponed and/or modified to provide for remote participation. We are working on transitioning face-to-face group meetings to virtual formats, or postponing them. Please check the Committee and Section pages as well as your email for updates and announcements. If you are not receiving the APA-NYM Planners’ Brief, please sign up here.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS + GUIDANCE FOR ALL OF US AS RECOMMENDED NY APA NATIONAL
- Be aware of racism and xenophobia. With uncertainty comes fear and anxiety. When we’re fearful, we’re prone to making hasty decisions that cause harm. Anti-Asian/Chinese racism is on the rise globally as well as in biased media coverage and narratives. Please be vigilant about harmful and biased narratives regarding COVID-19.
- How we discuss the situation matters. Using statements intended to comfort others — such as “only old and sick people need to worry” or “you’re young and healthy, you’re fine” — can have an unintended consequence of further marginalizing those who are most vulnerable. Please encourage everyone to prioritize the most marginalized by taking the issue seriously, ensuring equitable resource and supplies allocation.
- Consider the impact of the situation on people who are caregivers to the elderly, infants, and/or immunocompromised individuals, who experts have determined are most prone to risk.
- Mitigate dissemination of false information designed to spread fear and hysteria. Share only verified information by trusted sources to fight against misinformation.
- Continue to exercise proper hand and cough hygiene, and stay home if you are feeling sick or are caring for a sick member of your household.
REGULARLY UPDATED COVID-19 TRUSTED INFORMATION SOURCES
- APA-related information
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- NYS Information
- NYC Information
- Suffolk County Information
- Nassau County Information
- Westchester County Information
- Dutches County Information
- Putnam County Information
- Orange County Information
- Rockland County Information
- Sullivan County Information
- Ulster County Information