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Message to YCCAC/Nasson Staff from the HR Team

Good Afternoon Everyone and Happy Friday,

As the holiday season is right around the corner, the HR Team wanted to update and remind everyone on a few very important things:

Thank you to everyone for continuing to adhere to our safety and preventive measures. As we continue to navigate the challenges COVID-19 has brought upon each and everyone of us, we must continue to be vigilant in the days and months ahead. We continue to need everyone’s full support to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Please help each other to stay safe and strong as we work together to get to the other side of this. We can do this by continuing our diligence at work, at home and in our communities by wearing masks, socially distancing, hand washing, following recommended cleaning and disinfecting guidelines, and being mindful of the types of gatherings or events we attend at home and in our communities.

**As we will be entering into the holiday season, a time in which we would normally be attending or hosting gatherings in our homes and communities, it is important to follow the State of Maine’s recommendations and to assess whether to attend, postpone, cancel, or significantly reduce the number of attendees for any gatherings/celebrations you may host/attend. If you plan to travel out of the State of Maine (with the exception of New Hampshire and Vermont) please contact your supervisor as well as Missy Flayhan.

**Please also remember to stay home if you are sick. Please continue to follow our procedures in contacting your supervisor if you experience symptoms, if you believe you have had an exposure, if your child’s school closes due to COVID or for any other situation related to COVID. Supervisors or employees MUST contact HR in all scenarios to ensure we adhere to our policies and best safety measures for everyone. This applies to employees that are also working remotely at this time. Nasson staff have established separate policies applicable to healthcare workers, however, Missy must be contacted in all situations agency wide if employees are not able to work due to COVID.

**Please remember to take care of yourself, your family and your community.**

Taking care of and connecting with your friends and your family can be a stress reliever during this time. During times of increased social distancing, people can still maintain social connections and care for their mental health. Phone calls or video chats can help you and your loved ones feel socially connected, less lonely, or isolated. Please remember, while supporting others is so valuable, it’s so important that it is balanced with taking care of yourself, too.

• Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. • Take care of your body. o Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. o Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals. o Exercise regularly. o Get plenty of sleep. o Avoid excessive alcohol and drug use.

• Make time to unwind. Dedicate time to hobbies or leisure activities that bring you joy or relaxation.

• Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Thank you again for your continued commitment in keeping our workplace safe as well as our dedication in providing support and services to our patients, clients and families!

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