The Agricultural and Labor Program, Inc.

Stress, Coping & Covid-19

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.� What can we do?� The CDC has plenty to say about this subject – read it here.


On Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events, Etc.

Guidance as of 3/15/2020

Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.

Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populationshand hygiene, and social distancing.  When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.

This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses. This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus.  This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.

Remember, whenever possible, stay home and limit your personal interactions as much as possible. Read the entire report here.

COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies & “Social Distancing”

Community mitigation is a set of actions that persons and communities can take to help slow the spread of respiratory virus infections. Community mitigation is especially important before a vaccine or drug becomes widely available.   You may read this highly insightful and easy to understand document (created by the CDC) by clicking here.

ALL ALPI Offices & HS/EHS Centers Closed for 2 Weeks

The Agricultural and Labor Program, Inc. will be closing all offices, to include Head Start and Early Head Start Centers, for two weeks, as a precautionary method in response to the Coronavirus.� All locations will reopen on Monday, March 30, 2020.� Read the letter from the CEO here.

National State of Emergency Declared

Approximately 1 hour ago, while speaking in the White House Rose Garden, President Trump declared a national emergency that could free up $50 billion to help fight the pandemic and said that he was empowering the secretary of Health and Human Services to waive certain laws and regulations to ensure the virus can be contained and patients treated.   Read the full story here.

From the ALPI CEO to ALPI Staff

To:� All ALPI Employees
From:� Arlene Dobison, CEO
Date:� March 13, 2020
Subject:� COVID19/Coronavirus

The ALPI continues to be proactive in its preparation and prevention measures regarding the COVID19/Coronavirus. In addition, The ALPI website includes valuable information and resources pertaining to the virus.

To protect the health and safety of our staff and the safety of our children and families, effective immediately, home visits, events/activities requiring large gatherings, are cancelled and out-of-state travel suspended, until further notice.� Any questions should be directed via email to the CEO.

Thank you for your time and consideration … and, please stay safe.

A. Dobison

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