I never thought I would begin a new job in the middle of a pandemic. But, here I am. My one regret is not being able to meet each and everyone one of you and introduce myself. Until we get to that day, and perhaps in an effort to hasten that day, I would like to remind you of the Center of Disease Control’s (“CDC’s”) guidelines to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19 which can be found at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
- Clean your hands often for 20 seconds or with soap. If soap and water are not available use a hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60 percent alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who you do not live with by either staying at home or if that is not possible staying 6 feet away from others.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a cloth face covering when you around others in common areas like laundry rooms and elevators or on streets and sidewalks or in stores.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or the inside of your elbow. Then clean your hands (see number 1 above).
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces like tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, cellphones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks and keys. You can use soap and water or household disinfectants like bleach or Lysol.
We are all in this together. And I want to commend all the staff at MHACY for working so hard to protect us all. We must work as a team to protect our most at-risk residents. Who is at most risk for contracting COVID-19? According to the CDC at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html the following people have a higher risk:
- People over 65 years old
- People with Chronic lung disease of moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People who are immunocompromised from: cancer treatment, smoking (or vaping), bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
- People with severe obesity (Body Mass Index “BMI” of 40 or higher)
- People with diabetes
- People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
- People with liver disease
How is MHACY helping you reduce your risk? You can educate yourself on protecting yourself and others through your CONNECTHOME USA tablets. You can reduce your risk of exposure by paying your rent through RentCafe instead of in person or through the mail. And you can practice safe social distancing in common areas while our team cleans and disinfects your spaces. Please do not listen to rumors, and if you have any questions, please call MHACY at 793-8400, visit our new Facebook page and consult our website at mhacy.org. Be careful, be kind and be strong. I look forward to seeing you all on the other side of this pandemic.
President & CEO
Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers
1511 Central Park Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10710
O 914-793-8400 x112