COVID-19 Information

Latest Updates

NEW INFORMATION: Starting Monday, May 2nd, site-based programming has been suspended at the Gore Road and Rome Choices Day Habilitation programs due to positive COVID-19 cases. This temporary suspension remains in effect until Monday, May 16th. All those affected have been notified directly.

Any service suspensions are made in the best interest of the people attending the program and staff, with the top priority being the health and safety of all. We will post any further updates here and contact people directly. Thank you!

Dear Family Members and Caregivers:
Many weeks ago, we put comprehensive infection prevention and control practices into action at all of our sites in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to follow all universal precautions put forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health. We assure you the safety, health, and well-being of staff, people we support, and families continue to be our top priority.

VISIT: NYS OPWDD and NYS DOH for the latest information regarding COVID-19 and services in New York State. 

Effective July 15, 2020, for regions of the State that have entered into Phase Four in accordance with the New York Forward Reopening Plan, and until further notice, home visits may recommence for individuals living within OPWDD certified residential facilities. To protect everyone, family members of people living in our homes must contact staff at the residence to schedule an appointment for visitation in advance of the visit. 

We also encourage family members to visit with their loved ones through video chat on phones/tablets, or computers. We ask interested families to please call 315-982-2063 for more information.

On Monday, August 3, 2020, following OPWDD guidelines, we began the process of reopening Day Habilitation programs and Pre-Vocational programs for in-person services. We continue that process and will only open programs when they can function within the safety requirements and preconditions set forth by OPWDD, including proper for social distancing. 

Programs that have reopened as of 10/26/20 are:
Arnold Ave. (Pre-Voc)
• CollegeWorks (Utica and Rome)
• Choices Day Hab (Rome)
• Fine Arc Day Hab
• Gore Road Day Hab (Rome)
• Kirkland Day Hab 
• Lowville Without Walls
• Marcy Towne Plaza Without Walls 
• North Utica Senior Day Hab 
• Precise Pre-Voc
• Progress Industries/LCI Pre-Voc
• Riverside Day Hab
• Stowe Street Day Hab
• Turin Day Hab
• Venture Day Hab

Our Executive Management team and Board of Directors will continue to communicate and monitor the COVID-19 situation in our communities. We will also continue to update people we support, families, and staff, including posting updates to social media, our Website, and through the media. Please see the materials posted on this page as additional resources. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions. We have set up a specific email address,, so that we may respond to any concerns appropriately. 

Thank you, and stay safe.


Karen Korotzer
Chief Executive Officer
The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter