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Update on The Arc’s Operations Status

December 28, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a significant uptick in both the positivity rate and hospitalizations. As of this morning, the COVID-19 positivity rate in Maryland is 17.58%. While the current COVID-19 variant does not appear to be as severe to people as previous variants, the new positivity rate and other COVID-19 data are concerning. Considering this latest development and with a focus on the health and safety of our employees, the people we support, and other stakeholders, The Arc Central Chesapeake Region (The Arc) will temporarily adjust our standard operations beginning Wednesday, December 29, 2021.

Limited Office Operations & Temporary Office Closure in Annapolis

While our core hours will remain in effect, operations at our Severn HQ and Easton Regional Office will be limited. In addition, we are limiting the number of People & Culture and Finance team members who will be on-site during office hours. Our Annapolis Regional Office and all Community Hubs will be closed through January 7.

Community-Based Day Services

Beginning Wednesday, December 29 through Friday, January 7, all Day Services will move to virtual-only services. Because The Arc’s Day Services are exclusively in the community, we believe this pause is necessary to ensure the health of everyone who participates in this service.

Behavioral Health

Beginning Wednesday, December 29 through Sunday, January 9, all Behavioral Health services, including behavioral support services and counseling, will only occur virtually.

Non-Essential Meetings and Trainings

All non-essential in-person meetings and trainings will be postponed until after January 10. In addition, all employment interviews will be conducted virtually through Sunday, January 9.

The Arc will continue to monitor the situation carefully as it unfolds and will put other protocols in place as necessary. While we anticipate resuming normal operations on Monday, January 10, we will provide an operational update to all stakeholders by Friday, January 7. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact or call 410.269.1883.

Thank you for your cooperation, support, and patience as we continue to navigate the pandemic together.

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