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The New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC) has been learning about the coronavirus and taking protective measures.  Here is the council’s response to COVID-19 to date:

  1. NYSILC staff learned about the symptoms and precautions related to the novel virus from links shared by CDC, state health, and Albany county website communications. These links are provided at the bottom of this message.
  1. NYSILC then developed an information and operational plan based in part on this information to address workplace and council practices:
  • Staff are aware of the symptoms, precautions, and what is required as employees.
  • The office ordered and secured sufficient supplies for hand washing and sanitizing the office.  A schedule is set up to sanitize our office space every 72 hours, focusing on the areas that are frequently touched.  The office building (111 Washington Avenue) sends updates about their coronavirus efforts.
  • Staff have the ability to connect to their desktops remotely and will be transitioning to work-at-home in the coming week. They will be able to receive emails and retrieve voice mails.
  • NYSILC has canceled the face-to-face Full Council meeting scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2020 at the Albany Marriott, to be replaced by a shortened business meeting the same day from 10 am to 1 pm via video conference, focusing mainly on the draft SPIL for 2021-2023. Details to follow. NYSILC acquired Zoom as a video conferencing platform.
  1. Regarding upcoming NYSILC meetings and events, the Executive Committee has decided to monitor our future activities on a periodic basis, based on updates about the novel virus. Look for additional communications for clarification.

Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about our plans related to the coronavirus. We will be issuing information about our upcoming video conference council meeting, and will post other necessary items or rescheduling, via our website, Constant Contact, and social media.  

Please be safe as we work together as a community to address this pandemic.

Brad Williams


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