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제목How We're Operating Under COVID-19 & NYC's Reopening2020-07-19 11:54:42
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Our Office & Operational Updates to
COVID-19 & NYC's Reopening
July 10, 2020

Dear MinKwon community:

We hope this message finds you in safety and good health. As New York undergoes reopening plans after the end of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's NY on PAUSE Executive Order, with New York City entering Phase 3 on July 6, 2020, New Yorkers are gradually returning to a sense of outdoor life while continuing to practice vitally important public health measures to keep COVID-19 under control. In response to state and city reopening plans, the MinKwon Center has updated our COVID-19 response with our new Business Safety Plan that seeks to expand our operations and capacity while keeping our staff, clients, community members, and Flushing safe.


Your health and wellbeing comes first, so we encourage you to keep yourself informed with the latest information on COVID-19 from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control (CDC), New York Dept. of Health, and NYC Dept. of Health.

Below is important information from our Business Safety Plan, specifically in regard to our physical location, public health guidelines, and staff and visitor health & wellbeing.
 

Physical Location

  • Starting July 6, 2020, the MinKwon Center's physical location is open by appointment ONLY. All visitors must have a scheduled appointment with a staff member before they arrive. Walk-in services will not be available until further notice.
     
  • The MinKwon Center will continue to be accessible by email (minkwon@minkwon.org) and phone (718-460-5600). Our staff are continuing to work remotely as much as possible and will be at our physical location for appointments and necessary in-person work only. Community members can continue to receive assistance remotely and schedule an appointment with a staff member if an in-person appointment is absolutely necessary.
     
  • Apart from scheduled appointments, our physical location will remain CLOSED to the public and all in-person community meetings and volunteer opportunities will remain CANCELED until further notice.
 

Public Health Guidelines

  • Staff and visitors should adhere to all state and local public health guidelines while inside our physical location. Masks or face coverings are REQUIRED upon entry and throughout the duration of appointments. Staff and visitors should remain six feet apart from each other as much as possible.
     
  • To promote social distancing, our waiting area has been modified with seating six feet apart from each other, and all appointment rooms have been modified with new seating arrangements and capacity limits to encourage a six feet distance between staff and visitors.
     
  • Keeping a clean and sanitary workplace promotes public health. Prior to July 6, 2020, our physical location has been professionally cleaned and disinfected. Staff will have increased responsibility to regularly clean and disinfect all common areas, especially high-touch surfaces, appointment rooms, and shared workspaces. Soap and hand sanitizer will be available for staff and visitors to wash and disinfect their hands regularly.
 

Staff and Visitor Health & Wellbeing

  • The health and wellbeing of our staff is our highest priority. All staff will be regularly tested for COVID-19 and their health monitored to ensure that they are healthy to and from our physical location. Shared workspaces have been modified and new scheduling policies are in place to prevent overcrowding. Staff will be provided with masks, face shields, and other personal protective equipment (PPE), or have the option to use their own.
     
  • The health and wellbeing of our communities is also our highest priority. Visitors will take mandatory health assessments before the start of their appointments and are required to reschedule their appointments if they are ill or recovering on the day of their appointment. Any New Yorker may get a free COVID-19 test without needing an appointment or insurance: visit the NYC Dept. of Health website to find a participating clinic near you.
     
  • We have policies in place to effectively respond to the event of a staff member or visitor testing positive for COVID-19. In the event of exposure, we would close our physical location and work with impacted staff, visitors, and public health officials to enact contract tracing and other measures to identify and contain community spread.

Please check our COVID-19 Response Page on our website for the most up-to-date information from our Business Safety Plan, along with important updates on how COVID-19 continues to impact our social services, immigration services, housing services, and civic participation.
 

STAY HEALTHY AND SAFE!

We invite you to our first ever Facebook Live Telethon on SAT., July 18, 7-9 PM supporting our Flushing Mutual Aid Fund! We'll have live performances and segments with MinKwon staff, youth, and senior members. We'll be showing off the incredible talent and skills of our community, and share real-life stories of how community members perservered under COVID-19 and what their needs are in the months ahead. RSVP now and invite your friends through the link above!


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