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Mandatory Isolation of Employees

  • 1.  Mandatory Isolation of Employees

    Posted 07-22-2020 10:03
    Our Governor has issued an executive order that requires people entering CT from states -- now 31 of 'em -- "with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10% test positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average."

    It's most states outside of the northeast:

    There is an exemption for essential workers on work-related travel.  The Executive Order states that the self-quarantine requirement will not apply
    if the traveler had a negative test result for COVID-19 in the seventy-two hours before returning to Connecticut and  provides written proof of that to the Department of Public Health.

    If I understand it correctly, the federal Families First act requires employers to pay employees for up to two-weeks for a government-ordered quarantine.  It appears, then, that people can go on vacation for two weeks, return and get two more weeks of paid time off at home.

    We'll be talking to labor attorneys about it.

    Has anyone else encountered this?  Any advice?

    (My NY and NY colleagues: you're in the same boat and I'll be in touch directly)


    Gian-Carl Casa
    President and CEO
    Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance, Inc.
    Hartford CT
    (860)525-5080 1022

  • 2.  RE: Mandatory Isolation of Employees

    National Council Staff
    Posted 07-24-2020 17:45
    From: Lydia Conley <>

    Sent: Friday, July 24, 2020 3:12 PM
    To: Neal Comstock <NealC@TheNationalCouncil.Org>
    Subject: Fwd: 7.24.2020 Today's COVID-19 Updates: Department of Public Health (DPH) COVID-19 Travel Order, Effective August 1, 2020; ABH Committee Check-In Call Schedule (7.27 - 7.31)

    FYI - change in MA policy 

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    From: Association for Behavioral Healthcare <>
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    All Members

    7.24.2020: Today's Updates


    Dear Lydia, 

    Today's Updates

    • Department of Public Health (DPH) COVID-19 Travel Order, Effective August 1, 2020
    • ABH Committee Check-In Call Schedule (7.27 - 7.31)

    Department of Public Health (DPH) COVID-19 Travel Order, Effective August 1, 2020 

    Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders.

    Travelers who do not fall within the three exemption categories – coming from a lower risk state, meeting the 72-hour testing rule, or meeting a limited circumstance-specific exemption – must quarantine beginning immediately upon arrival in Massachusetts.

    Essential health care personnel do not appear to fall under the circumstance-specific exemptions.

    All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:

    • Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
    • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.

    If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

    Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day.

    Please find more information here, including the list of lower-risk states, exemptions, business guidance and other details.

    You can access the "Order Instituting a Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine Requirement for Travelers Arriving in Massachusetts (7.24.2020)" here.

    Prior to the effective date, the existing travel policy can be found here.

    ABH Committee Check-In Call Schedule (7.27 - 7.31)

    ABH will continue to hold check-in calls with our services committees to hear questions and feedback that you have, answer as many questions as we can and seek answers to those we cannot. These calls are for ABH members only.

    If you are not a member of one of our Committees but you would like to join, ABH invites you as a member to participate. Please review the Committee Descriptions, identify which ABH Committees you would like to join, and contact Meg Socha, Member Engagement and Event Coordinator at

    Of course, ABH is here to support you! Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions.

    Calls for next week are as follows:


    Children's Services Committee Check-In Call 
    Monday, July 27, 2020 from 9:30am - 10:15am
    Join via Zoom:
    Staff Contact: Carmel Craig 


    ACCS Services Committee Check-In Call
    Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 4:00pm - 4:45pm
    Join via Zoom:
    Staff Contact: Carmel Craig


    Outpatient Committee Check-In Call
    Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 9:00am - 10:00am
    Join via Zoom:
    Meeting ID: 987 7745 4022
    Staff Contact: Mandy Gilman

    MAP Subcommittee Check-In Call 
    Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 10:00am - 10:45am
    Join via Zoom:
    Staff Contact: Carmel Craig

    Please note that the Children's Services CEO Leadership Committee, Senior Leadership Committee on Partnering with Underserved Populations, and ACCS Policy Committee are for CEOs and their direct reports only. To join one of these committees, please contact us directly.

    Members-Only Portal - Compiled ABH COVID-19 "Daily" Updates

    The Association for Behavioral Healthcare (ABH) has created a web-page in our Members-Only Portal which compiles and links all previously released ABH COVID-19 Daily Updates. You can access this page here.

    If you have any difficulties logging in, or if you are unsure of your login credentials, please contact Meg Socha for assistance at  

    ABH has also created Dropbox folders for the following:

    Click the links below for Dropbox access. As a reminder, if you have any additional information you would like to share, please contact the corresponding ABH staff person.

    Association for Behavioral Healthcare
    251 West Central Street, Suite 21
    Natick, MA  01760

    T: 508.647.8385
    F: 508.647.8311

    ABH, 251 West Central Street, Suite 21, Natick, MA 01760


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    National Council
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