March 19, 2021
Dear PTC Families,
As I’m sure most of you have heard, DDD announced this week that Day Programs in New Jersey would be able to reopen for in-person services based on criteria from the COVID-19 Activity Level Index (CALI) for the region in which the program operates. The CALI report is published every Thursday by the New Jersey Department of Health. The weekly report assigns a color-coded category to each region in the State, reflecting the COVID-19 activity from Sunday through Saturday of the previous week. The categories are: Low (Green); Moderate (Yellow); High (Orange); and Very High (Red). All PrimeTime Center locations are located in the Central East region of the state which consists of Union, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties. Below is a picture of the current CALI report showing all PrimeTime Center locations in the High (Orange) category. Programs located in regions with High (Orange) or Very High (Red) COVID activity are not allowed to be open.
Unfortunately, at this point we are not able to give you an exact date of when PrimeTime Center locations will be able to reopen. It is impossible for us to predict the level of COVID activity in our region which at this current time is trending upward not down. What we can tell you is that we will announce our reopening after the COVID activity level in our region is in the Moderate (Yellow) range for at least two straight weeks (reports).
Every Thursday I will post on our Facebook page the current CALI activity for our region and what that means for our reopening date. If you would like to monitor the CALI reports yourself, you may find them at this webpage https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/statistics/covid/ . For now, we must work with the criteria given to us by DDD and promise to be transparent with everyone in terms of our reopening. We also don’t want to reopen one week and then have to shut down the next week based on COVID activity, which is why we will be looking for two straight weeks of decreasing COVID activity levels.
Thank you to everyone for their patience and understanding in regards to reopening. Please reach out to myself, Blanche or your Program Supervisor if you have any questions or concerns.
PrimeTime Center Director