COVID-19 Guidelines from the Dept. of Health
March 16, 2020
Governor Cuomo has directed ALL non-essential State employees for New York State’s agencies and public authorities in every county, to remain home and work remotely for the next two weeks – this impacts all of HCR’s office locations.
Non-essential employees are defined as anyone who does not need to be physically present to perform job functions, or who are not required to meet the core function and programs of their agency during this emergency response. Essential employees are defined as anyone whose job function is essential to the effective operation of their agency or authority, or who must be physically present to perform their job, or who is involved in the COVID-19 emergency response.
Please note that if you are essential, your supervisor will be reaching out to you and the definition of who is deemed essential on any given day may change depending on the business needs of the agency or the State.
As more cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) are identified or suspected across New York State, it is important that there is a common understanding of the risk to contacts of contacts of a suspected or confirmed case.
The New York State Department of Health has issued guidelines for those who may have come into contact with an individual who has contracted COVID-19 and protocols for State employees who report symptoms associated with the virus. Those guidelines are attached to this email:
- Department of Health - COVID 19 - Outdoor Guidance
- Department of Health - COVID 19 - Guidance on Gatherings, Public Spaces, and Public and Private Sector Entities
- Department of Health - Protocols for Personnel to Return to Work after Exposure
- Department of Motor Vehicles - Covid 19 - Customer Transaction Guidance
- Executive Order - COVID 19 - Suspension and Modification of Laws
- Executive Order 202.6 - Guidance on COVID 19 Workforce Reduction
- Executive Order 202.16 - COVID-19 Essential Employee Face Covering Guidance During Public Interaction
- Guidance on the Contacts of a Close or Proximate Contact of a Confirmed or Suspected Case of COVID-19
- Non-Essential Employee Guidance in Response to COVID-19 Emergency
- Office of General Services - Covid 19 - Limited Visitor Access
- Office of Mental Health - COVID 19 - Managing Anxiety Guide
- Protocols for Employees Who Report Symptoms of Illness Associated With the COVID-19 Virus
- UPDATED: Statewide COVID-19 Non-Essential Employee Guidance
As new information becomes available we will share additional updates. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact your direct supervisor who can share any comments or concerns with the HCR Executive Team.
Thank you for your continued understanding. Please remain safe in the days ahead and continue to monitor the Governor’s press conferences (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news) and the DOH website (https://health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/) for further COVID-19 updates.
Payroll Delay - DHCR Employees
The Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) has notified us that DHCR employees will experience a delay in their April 1, 2020 Direct Deposits and Paycheck Distribution. This delay is the result of the 2020-21 State Budget not being passed on time by Legislature and signed by the Governor.
Please be assured that you will be paid – this is not in any way related to COVID--19 – it is merely a timing issue related to passage of the State Budget and processing by OSC.
In the event that a budget is not passed today, there are budget extenders that would be put into place to provide for the continued operation of State Govt and your paychecks will flow.
We will continue to provide you with updated information as it is received from the OSC. Should you have any questions regarding your status or concerns please feel free to contact the Human Resources unit.