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COVID-19 Rapid Response

Updates on Programs and Services

Update August 18th, 2021 - Post-Travel Quarantine Requirements for Employees

Please be advised as an added safety precaution for everyone's health and well-being, all employees who travel to the following areas below MUST quarantine for 10-days and will need to take a COVID-19 PCR test after they return regardless of vaccination status. Employees will not be allowed to return to work until they can show proof of a negative PCR test, including those who are fully vaccinated. 

- Alabama
- Arkansas
- Florida
- Georgia
- Kentucky
- Louisiana
- Mississippi
- Oklahoma
- South Carolina
- Tennessee
- International Travel

As a reminder these states have been designated as quarantine travel states by CPC because of their rate of infection per population of 100,000, approaches or exceeds the national average. Accordingly, if you travel to any of the states listed above or to any oversees destination you must quarantine at home for 10 days upon return and must show proof of a negative PCR test before returning to work. Please refer to the accommodation chart for rules about quarantine. If you have any questions contact your COVID Prevention Personnel, your COVID Prevention Commander Edgar Pereira or your CPC law office.


Update July 23rd, 2021 Post-Travel Quarantine Requirements for Unvaccinated CPC Employees [NOTE: See August 18th post for updated list]

Please be advised that CPC and all its subsidiaries have implemented a 10-day quarantine requirement for unvaccinated employees who travel to the following places:

  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Louisiana
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • International Travel

These areas have been designated as quarantine travel states by CPC because of their rate of infection per population of 100,000, approaches or exceeds the national average. Accordingly, if you travel to any of the states listed above or to any oversees destination you must quarantine at home for 10 days before returning to work. Please refer to the accommodation chart for rules about quarantine. If you have any questions contact your COVID Prevention Personnel, your COVID Prevention Commander Edgar Pereira or your CPC law office.


Update May 5, 2021 CPC COVID Office Rules and Regulations

  • Social Distancing: If two (2) employees who share an office are fully vaccinated (defined as two or more weeks after their final does) they may share an office.
  • Elevators: Previously only one (1) person was allowed to ride in an elevator, but now two (2) occupants may ride the elevator at a time.
  • Stay Home Rules After Travel: Adopting NYS recommendation and requirements on traveling, you no longer need to test or quarantine after travel from another country, state or territory, but all travelers must monitor symptoms daily for 14 days and if symptoms occur you must self-isolate.


Update April 12, 2021 CPC Reopening Plan

Dear CPC Community, 

We hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe.

Since the pandemic began, CPC has been committed to two goals: 1) keeping our staff and community members healthy and safe and 2) providing services safely and securely. While some essential services continued to operate normally, our community centers closed indefinitely, and most programs transitioned to virtual services.

Reopening: Having developed our own comprehensive reopening plan and continuing to monitor the City’s public health situation, we are excited to announce the reopening of our community centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens starting Monday, April 19th.

Guidelines: Prior to reopening, we would like to provide you with several important guidelines on what to expect: 

  1. In-person services at our community centers are by appointment only. 
  2. Individuals are required to complete an electronic health questionnaire before entering community centers. 
  3. Individuals will have their temperature checked and health questionnaire reviewed upon arrival.
  4. Face coverings are required and must be worn at all times.
  5. Community centers will not exceed 40% normal capacity and will be cleaned daily.

COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing: We encourage community members to get the COVID-19 vaccine, continue COVID-19 testing, and receive the flu shot.

Services: This is our program schedule starting April 19th: 

  • Essential programs operating normally throughout the pandemic include our Individual Residential Alternative Program, Home Delivered Meals, Hong Ning Housing for the Elderly, and Home Attendant Program.
  • Early Childhood Centers and School Age Centers reopened at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.
  • Programs operating in-person include Asian Family Services, Beacon Program, Community Health Services, Early Childhood Learning and Wellness Services, Learn and Earn Program, Multi-Social Services, Project Reach and Senior Community Service Employment Program.
  • Programs continuing to operate virtually include the Adult Literacy Program, After-School programs located in high schools, Employment Services, Project Gateway College Counseling Center, Services for Families with Special Needs, Service Learning Initiative and Youth Opportunity Hub.
  • Senior Centers remain closed.

Contact Us: We encourage you to continue contacting us by phone with any questions related to reopening and assistance with accessing specific services: 

Manhattan Community Center
165 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002

Brooklyn Community Center
4101 8th Avenue, 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11232

Queens Community Center
133-14 41st Avenue
Flushing, NY 11354




自疫情開始以來,華策會一直致力於兩個目標 1)確保我們的員工和社區人士健康和安全,2)在安全和可靠的情況下提供服務。 為此我們保持必需的服務正常運行,社區中心無限期關閉,其他服務改為遠程服務。



1. 需要社區中心的面對面服務,必須預約

2. 進入社區中心之前,必須填寫電子健康調查表

3. 抵達社區中心,將要求接受體溫檢查及健康調查

4. 必須一直佩戴面罩

5. 社區中心將保持不超過正常容量的40%,並每天進行清潔。






·      繼續提供在疫情期間一致保持的必需服務:


·      幼兒教育中心及學齡服務中心將在2020-2021學期開始時重開

·      提供面對面服務包括:

亞裔家庭服務,明燈計劃,社區健康服務,早期教育與健康服務,Learn and Earn Program, 多元化服務,, Project Reach, 及老人社區服務及就業計劃。

·      提供遠程服務包括:

成人英文班,在校課後服務,就業服務,大學輔導,特殊家庭服務,Service Learning Initiative and Youth Opportunity Hub.

·      老人中心保持關閉



165 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002

4101 8th Avenue, 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11232

133-14 41st Avenue
Flushing, NY 11354


Update March 9, 2021 CPC COVID-19 Prevention Plan

CPC is making available to the public our COVID-19 Prevention Master Plan which includes requirements for all operations. CPC's Basic Rules of COVID Protection and Prevention provides a summary of the Master Plan. Access the plans via PDF download below:

Read all previous updates here.

Important Notices

**Update April 23, 2021**

Starting today, most New York City-run vaccination sites can accommodate walk-in appointments for any eligible New Yorker. 

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and eligibility, visit:


**Update April 6, 2021**

Starting today, universal eligibility goes into effect and all New Yorkers 16 years of age and older are eligible to receive the vaccine. 

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and eligibility, visit:


**Update March 30, 2021**

New Yorkers age 30 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and eligibility, visit:


**Update March 23, 2021**

Beginning today, New Yorkers age 50 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and eligibility, visit:


**Update March 22, 2021**

Pharmacies can now vaccinate New Yorkers with certain medical conditions (listed below). Patients can self-certify that they qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine by using a NYC Health Department attestation form. For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and eligibility, you can visit:

New Yorkers age 16 and older with the following conditions are eligible for vaccines due to increased risk of moderate or severe illness or death from the virus that causes COVID-19:

  • Cancer (current or in remission, including 9/11-related cancers)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Pulmonary Disease, including but not limited to, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and 9/11 related pulmonary diseases
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities including Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, including but not limited to heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, or hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including but not limited to solid organ transplant or from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, use of other immune weakening medicines, or other causes
  • Severe Obesity (BMI 40 kg/m2), Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease or Thalassemia
  • Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Neurologic conditions including but not limited to Alzheimer's Disease or dementia
  • Liver disease


**Update March 9, 2021**

Governor Cuomo today announced the expansion of eligible groups for the vaccine. 

  • New Yorkers 60 Years of Age and Older Can Be Vaccinated Beginning March 10
  • Government Employees, Nonprofit Workers, and Essential Building Service Workers Are Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Beginning March 17
  • Vaccine Distribution Eligibility Expanded; All Providers Except Pharmacies Can Now Vaccinate Any Eligible New Yorker Starting March 17; Pharmacies Can Vaccinate 60-plus and Teachers Per Federal Guidance Starting March 10

Under this new expansion of eligibility, the following essential workers will now be eligible to begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on March 17:

·         Public-facing government and public employees

·         Not-for-profit workers who provide public-facing services to New Yorkers in need

·         Essential in-person public-facing building service workers

This includes workers such as public works employees, social service and child service caseworkers, government inspectors, sanitation workers, DMV workers, County Clerks, building service workers and election workers. 

Read the full announcement here

Two people at a care facility A group wearing masks smiling for the camera Two people wearing masks with one looking out a window
Resource Navigators

CPC's Resource Navigator program is helping the community through the pandemic. Our team is working hand-in-hand with the NYC Test and Trace Corps to provide assistance if a person has been exposed or tests positive for the virus. Our team has also been in the field at testing sites. The resources offered to all, regardless of test result, consist of free NYC services such as GetFood NYC, Grab N Go food pick up locations, the COVID-19 hotline and the NYCWell hotline. Our Navigators also work directly with nurses and physicians to interpret for community members. 

Resource Navigators is funded by the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations.  
Go to NYC.Gov/COVIDTest or text "COVID TEST" to 855-48 to find a testing site near you. 

Our Impacts

Chinese-American Planning Council has offered COVID-19 relief and assistance services since March 22, 2020 when non-essential work in New York Sate went on PAUSE. All of our staff are essential workers working on the front lines to ensure the health and safety of our community members. In the summer and fall of 2020, we highlighted our staff, their efforts, and advocated for hazard pay with a campaign called #AlwaysEssential.

Read the short essential worker profiles from that campaign here.

With generous donations, countless volunteers, and far-reaching partnerships and collaboration, we have been able to accomplish the following together:

  • 194,700 pounds of food were distributed to families and seniors

  • $1.26 million cash assistance was distributed to more than 1,540 families

  • Thousands of PPE items were distributed to staff and community members

  • 95,500 wellness calls or remote sessions were held 

  • 4,500 home care workers deliver care to people in need everyday

  • 400+ advocacy meetings with elected officials. 

  • 2,000 staff and community members attended virtual Advocacy Days and Rally

Our Supporters

Thank you for all who have contributed to our rapid response efforts. Our work would not be possible without your support!

  • 1199 SEIU
  • Adeline Guo
  • Alan Lee
  • Alice T. Vogt & Antonia Y.Y. Law
  • Allan and Betty Chu
  • Amy Lam
  • Angela Wang
  • Anjali Ramoutar
  • Anna Hwang
  • Anne Lai
  • Annie Wong
  • Annie Yu
  • Annika Cheng
  • Bank of China
  • Basilia Yao
  • Bessou NYC
  • Bobby Ferazi
  • Brandon Lee
  • Brian Chen
  • Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
  • Brooklyn Community Foundation
  • Buddha's Light Association
  • Calvin Chin
  • Cariann Chan
  • Carlos Beato
  • Carmen Liu
  • Carol Chan
  • Caroline Andersen
  • Carrie Black
  • Charter Communications
  • Chiara Atik
  • Chun W Sze
  • Chunjingyue Yi
  • Chunyen Chang
  • Church Mutual Insurance Company Foundation
  • Claire Klausner
  • Clayton Young
  • Clifford Carr
  • Connie Schwedes
  • Constance Madeo
  • Crystal Wong
  • David Ho
  • Dennis Ng
  • Donald Kwan
  • Duke Taylor
  • Edward & Lily Ma
  • Elena Bergeron
  • Elizabeth Wong
  • Elizabeth Hendler & Jonathan Heck
  • Ellen Wu
  • Ellen Lemien
  • Emily Yu
  • Emmanel Polanco
  • Empire BlueCross BlueShield
  • Er Li Peng
  • Essex Market
  • FreshDirect
  • Gavin Marcus
  • Gerstner Family Foundation
  • Gotham Organization
  • GrowNYC and Council Member Carlos Menchaca's Office
  • Hai-Li Kong
  • Health First
  • Heart of Dinner
  • Hilary Lai
  • Hillary Schrenell
  • Howard Hughes Corp.
  • HSBC Philanthropic Programs
  • Huibin Situ
  • Investors Foundation
  • Irene StDenny
  • Isabel Lin
  • Jacqueline Kay
  • Jacqueline Tran
  • Jaimie C. Wan
  • Jana Edelbaum
  • Janelle Kwan
  • Jason Sungwon Yoon
  • Jeffrey Steffen
  • Jeffrey Chen
  • Jeffrey Chu
  • Jennifer Yuen
  • Jenny Low
  • Jenny Walton
  • Jenny Gerston
  • Jim Flock
  • Jingyuan Nan
  • Joanna Chan
  • Joseph Chiu
  • Joseph Dudas
  • Joycelyn Delbrey
  • Juliet Cullen-Cheung
  • Kai Leung
  • Karen Wu
  • Kathy Lee
  • Kimberly Kuang
  • Kopitiam
  • Lai Chun Ng
  • Lai Ling Li
  • Laura Heidotten
  • Lauren Margolis
  • Leon Li
  • Lily Fan
  • Lucy & Sai Chan
  • Lucy He
  • Margaret Moy
  • Maria Gabriela Villareal
  • Martha Roman
  • Mary Li Hsu
  • Mary Sidewitz
  • Matthew Leong
  • Michael Chan
  • Michael Huynh
  • Min Ci Zeng
  • Mollie O. Korewa
  • Moonlynn Tsai
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine Students
  • Nathaniel Lee
  • New York Immigration Coalition
  • New York State Office of Children and Family Services
  • Nicolas Rojas
  • Nicole Lee-Huang
  • No Kid Hungry
  • Northwestern Mutual Foundation
  • NYC Administration for Children's Services
  • NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund and The NY Community Trust
  • NYC Department of Education
  • OCA National
  • Orlando B. Aso
  • Pajama Program
  • Pam Chueh
  • Pamela & John DeBlasio
  • Pamela Chen
  • Parker Eng
  • Partybus Bakery
  • Peggy & Edward Wong
  • Phylisa Wisdom
  • Prince Street Foundation
  • Queens Borough President's Office
  • Randy Eng
  • Ray Low
  • Reilly Witheford
  • ReThink Food NYC
  • Riverstone Resources LLC
  • Robert & Pauline Huie Fund
  • Robin Hood
  • Ruben Montanez
  • Ruth Chin Lee
  • Saigon Social
  • Samantha Falk
  • Samar Khan
  • Sarah Ngo Hamerling
  • Schmidt & Barton Fund
  • Seisei Tatebe-Goddu
  • Shafiul Azam
  • Sharon Diane Clark
  • Simon Chiew
  • Social Disdance
  • Sophia Holtz
  • South Brooklyn Mutual Aid
  • Stephanie Tian
  • Stephanie Shui
  • Stephanie Au Notley
  • Sterling Bank & Trust / SBT Advantage Bank
  • Street Vendor Project
  • Sunny M. Hitt
  • Susan Liu
  • Susan Straub
  • Tai Look Merchant Association
  • Ted Greenberg
  • Teddy Mui
  • The Frank Liu Family Fund and Tienfu Liu
  • The Schmidt & Barton Family Fund
  • Tina Pollack
  • Trinity Church Wall Street
  • United Chinese Association
  • United Neighborhood Houses
  • VAN ĐA
  • Vision Urbana
  • Vivienne Chan
  • Wai Siu
  • Wayne Wong
  • Wendy Ching
  • Whitney A. Hu
  • Wing Mei Chan
  • World Cares Center
  • Xinwei Zhang
  • Xuan Gui
  • Yik Lun Fong
  • Yin Chang
  • Ying Ngo
  • Yoohyun Choi
  • Zegar Family Fund
  • Zhi Deng
  • **Updated as of February 2021