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IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL RESIDENTS

Dear WCHA Resident,

Effective today, March 20, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 Virus (Coronavirus), and for the health and safety of our residents and staff, we are temporarily implementing an alternating work schedule for our site managers and all administrative personnel.

During this trying time, Authority personnel will still be working to best serve our residents and can be contacted by mail, phone, fax and email (wchaonline.com)

Meanwhile, we are also restricting use of all community spaces, computer rooms, common areas and restrooms (not including laundry and mail areas) to the public while until further notice. Additionally, we are restricting the gathering of persons in the lobbies of our hi-rises.

Furthermore, WCHA has adopted an aggressive cleaning and sanitizing plan for each of our sites whereby our maintenance staff will be regularly performing specialized cleaning and disinfecting of common area surfaces throughout the day.

As previously sent to you, you should also take precautions to protect yourself from flu and virus at your home. Limit contact as much as possible with persons visiting you from outside of the building.

Sheltering in-place and eliminating and/or distancing your contact with others will greatly reduce the likelihood of contracting the illness. Likewise, you can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your face.

The virus causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever and in more severe cases, pneumonia. The new coronavirus spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.

If you are sick, call your healthcare provider for instructions and stay in your apartment until it’s necessary to leave to seek medical care.

Taking the proper steps to reduce the possible spread of the COVID-19 virus will help us all to avoid becoming ill.

We appreciate your cooperation and patience during this global crisis and we will return to normal business once this has been resolved.

Sincerely,

WESTMORELAND COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY

Michael L. Washowich

Executive Director

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