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COVID-19 HEALTH UPDATES

U.S. Lags in Coronavirus Testing After Slow Response to Outbreak   New York Times


WORLD UPDATES

 Globally embraced measures for stopping Covid 19 include easy and efficient access to testing and results, rigorous contact tracing, consistent science-based messaging, quarantines and a genuine commitment to clamping down on socializing.  


INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UPDATES

The State of Indiana is updating Hoosiers on coronavirus related matters, including resources that are available to the public. Check their webpage regularly for important updates ad tips at https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/

Hoosiers with questions about the virus can call Indiana’s Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 [317-233-1325 after hours] or you can e-mail your questions to:  epiresource@isdh.in.gov.


INDIANA COVID-19 DISTRIBUTION MAP

See the real-time current diagnosed cases of Covid-19 by clicking the link above.   Governor Holcomb recently activated the Indiana National Guard to help with the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.  “The Guard is supporting the state’s emergency operations center along with providing personnel to the Indiana State Health Department of Health for response planning,” the governor’s office said in a statement.


TIPS FOR STAYING HEALTHY

Tips from the Indiana Department of Health on practical steps you can take to stay healthy are here.   These are:

1. Clean and Disinfect Surfaces 

2. Cover Coughs and Sneezes 

3. Wash Your Hands Often 

4. Avoid Touching Your Face 

5. Stay Home if You are Sick and Avoid Close Contact

If you have symptoms or questions, call the Indiana Department of Health. The Ind. Depart. of Health call center is open 24/7. Here’s the number: 317-233-1325


  

TIPS FOR CARING FOR A SICK LOVED ONE 

If you’re caring for a loved one who has the virus, the CDC recommends the following tips to stay healthy:

Avoid sharing personal items like food and drinks. 

Provide your sick household member with clean disposable facemasks to wear at home, if available, to help prevent spreading COVID-19 to others. 

Clean the sick room and bathroom, at time when you will avoid unnecessary contact with the sick person.

Continue to disinfect all surfaces.

Continue to wash hands frequently with hot water and soap, or use hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol.


GOVERNOR'S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON CONTAINMENT

The Governor has instructed people to stay indoors for the next two weeks, beginning Tuesday March 24 at midnight, except people can  still can leave their homes during the next two weeks:

 

to address the health and safety of themselves or their families; 

to purchase groceries, medical supplies, carry-out food or other urgently needed goods; 

to participate in outdoor recreation at least 6 feet away from others; or 

to take care of a family member or friend in another household.


"Essential workers" also are exempt from the stay-at-home order.  Employees of health care entities, grocery and drug stores, social service organizations, gas stations, hardware stores, media, first responders, building trades, restaurants, critical manufacturers, business suppliers and transportation companies, are presently considered essential.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  issues and updates guidance for containment and mitigation.   Here is a link to the guidance. 


· Under the current guidance for schools, 273 public school districts are closed, using e-learning days, or on spring break and have announced a future closure. The Department of Education is working with the remaining 16 school corporations to determine their next steps and needs

· Bars, nightclubs and restaurants are required to close to in-person patrons and may provide take-out and delivery services through the end of March

· Hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers should cancel and/or postpone elective and non-urgent surgical procedures immediately. This action will help the healthcare system conserve resources and personnel necessary to meet emerging health needs 

- Physicians should continue to perform critical procedures necessary to prevent short-term and/or long-term adverse effects to their patients’ overall health

· The state’s Emergency Operations Center has been raised to a Level 1 status and will work in conjunction with the incident command center at the Indiana State Department of Health for planning, coordination, predictive analysis and other functions

· State employees will maximize the use of remote work and meet virtually whenever possible while maintaining operations. Non-essential in-person meetings will be limited to 10 persons or less and should meet virtually whenever possible. High-risk individuals should not attend meetings in person

· State employees over the age of 60 with underlying health conditions are advised to work from home, and agencies should identify work that can be accomplished remotely for those individuals

· The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, are closed to the public.


Federal Courts just issued an update regarding cases pending before the court.  Here’s the link


ONLINE RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE WITH A SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDER DURING COVID-19


SMART Recovery Online (SROL) is a warm and caring online community where our participants interact and help one another recover from addictive behaviors. Features include: daily online meetings, message board, and 24/7 live chat.

Online 12 step meetings

Refuge Recovery Podcast - Buddist approach to Recovery

Free daily meetings through Unity Recovery

12 Step Yoga Recovery Meetings Online

Virtual NA

Alcoholics Anonymous


HARM REDUCTION

Don`t forget about Aaron's Law & Overdose Good Samaritan Law stating that anyone who calls for help during an overdose is protected

 (IN Code 16-42-27-8 and 16-42-27-3).

Indiana has an open prescription for Narcan the opioid reversal drug meaning it can be purchased at any pharmacy that has them in stock. It is best practice to call before hand to ensure they are in stock and verify if your insurance will cover the cost.

If the stigma, quarantine or any other barriers are preventing you from accessing Narcan some can be mailed to you.

Remember- never use alone that way someone is there to administer Narcan or call for help. Stagger use, some batches are stronger than others so it's important to go slow. If you use alone, please check out http://neverusealone.com/ You will be asked for your location, about any allergies, or medical conditions. An operator will then stay on the line with you while you use. If you do not respond after a set amount of time after you've used, the operator will notify emergency services of your location, allergies/conditions, and possible overdose. If you need help please call ​(931)304-9452.

Coping skills and Worksheets: 

Free worksheets,  Educational video material on substance use disorder, Relapse Prevention Worksheets, Distress tolerance skills for dealing with emotions. 



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CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BILL: FINANCIAL HELP IS ON THE WAY

What Has the Government Done For You Lately? 


Financial Relief Bill Passed! March 25, 2020


Direct Payments to Americans:

$1,200 in direct payments to taxpayers with incomes up to $75,000 per year, phases out and ending altogether for those earning more than $99,000. 

An additional $500 per child.


Unemployment Expansion:

Unemployment  insurance was extended by 13 weeks and includes a four-month enhancement of benefits. 

Expansion includes freelancers, furloughed employees and gig workers, such as Uber drivers. 


Small businesses emergency loans if they keep their workers.

Federally guaranteed loans will be available to small businesses that pledge not to lay off workers through June 30, and would be forgiven if the employer continued to pay workers for the duration of the crisis.


Distressed companies bailouts 

Loans for distressed companies would come from a $425 billion fund controlled by the Federal Reserve, and an additional $75 billion for industry-specific companies.

Companies cannot engage in stock buybacks while they receive government assistance, and for an additional year after that. 


$100 billion for hospitals and health systems across the nation, and billions more, to furnish personal and protective equipment and increased for health care workers, testing supplies, and new construction to house patients. 


A synopsis of relief on the way:


Measures previously taken-

March 4 -- Vaccine research, aid to state governments. House approved an $8.3 billion bill to drastically ramp up vaccine research, give funding to state health officials, beef up prevention programs and more. 

March 18 -- Sick leave, family leave. Senate approved a $104 billion bill that would give direct help to many Americans, including:

2-week paid sick leave for ill or quarantined workers or workers will ill family

Who gets it?  People being tested or treated for coronavirus or have been diagnosed with it, and those who have been told by a doctor or government official to stay home because of exposure or symptoms.

What does it pay? It depends on your income, but it’s capped at $511 a day, roughly what someone making $133,000 earns annually. 

Who pays for it? Employers, who can then get a federal tax credit. 

2-week paid sick leave for other workers

Who gets it? Workers with family members affected by coronavirus and those whose children's schools have closed.

What does it pay? These workers will receive up to two-thirds of their pay, limited to $200 a day, roughly what someone earning up to $75,000 makes annually. 

Who pays for it? Employers, who can then get a federal tax credit.

Paid family leave

Who gets it? Those whose children's schools have closed. 

What does it pay? People who can't work would still receive up to two-thirds of their pay, though that benefit is limited to $200 a day, which is about two-thirds of the typical daily wage of someone earning up to about $75,000. 

How long does it last? This benefit lasts up to a total of 12 weeks, including two weeks of sick leave. 

Who pays for it? Same way- businesses, who can be reimbursed through federal tax credits. 

What if employers can't pay? Most of the 35 million American workers at small businesses don't currently get paid family leave. Small businesses -- fewer than 50 employees -- can apply for financial hardship waivers from the leave provisions affecting workers whose children are out of school.

What about large employers? Companies with more than 500 employees are exempt. But they usually already provide some pared back level of paid leave.

So who else could this actually help? The leave provisions also benefit part-timers, the self-employed and those in the gig economy, who typically don't have paid sick or family leave. 

Free testing, food stamps, Medicaid -- The bill also includes free coronavirus testing for all Americans, additional funding for Medicaid and more flexibility for states to provide SNAP benefits, or food stamps. It is also temporarily lifting the requirement that certain adults without dependent children work in order to receive food stamps for more than three months. 


Still In Review: Rebate checks+

A massive $1 trillion-plus stimulus bill is still in review, and will likely take several weeks to finalize and pass. Here’s what’s on the table:

$1,000 checks --  Sen. Mitt Romney, former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, and the Trump admin want to send out one or more $1,000 checks directly to Americans. A Senate proposal suggests up to $1,200 for a person and $2,400 for a couple.

$3,000 for a family of four -- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that under a White House idea, a family of four could get up to $3,000 when payments for two adults and smaller payments for children are combined.

Senate Republicans would rather give money to small businesses than individuals. They envision giving stimulus checks to individuals making $75,000 or less. 

Bailouts for airlines, hotel, travel industries -- Airlines have asked for $50 billion and Trump has expressed a willingness to help them and other travel-related industries. The Senate proposal would give airlines and other affected industries $200 billion in loans.

Conditions for aid? Government equity stakes? -- On Thursday, Trump expressed interest in the US government taking ownership stakes in companies that had engaged in stock buybacks and other schemes. 

Aid for small businesses --  The Senate proposal would give $300 billion in bridge loans to small businesses.

Taxes, Foreclosures

Late penalties will be waived for most tax filers, and HUD will halt some foreclosures.  


CONTACT YOUR   SENATORS!


As measures come up between the house and the senate, you may need to contact Indiana Senators.  (Because the House is controlled by democrats, and typically passes more generous relief to people, while  the senate is controlled by republicans and typically favor businesses for relief)   Here are the links to send an email:


Mike   Braun 

Todd   Young


3/17 UPDATES: US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on March 17th,  the Trump administration is talking to Congress about sending cash payments to Americans over the next two weeks to cushion the economic blow from coronavirus.  The White House stated that it prefers direct cash payments to Americans instead of the earlier announced payroll tax cuts that would take months to reach people.  President Trump is also pushing for tax payment deferments, to make them interest and penalty free for 90 days.   Read more here


The economic relief bill passed over the weekend in the House has now been passed to the US Senate for its consideration.  It is not yet known when the Senate intends to take action on the measure.  Senate GOP leaders have not yet identified the date they will vote on the bill, but a number of senators want to act on it "as soon as possible and want to get started on a third relief package."


On Wednesday March 18, 2020, the Senate passed legislation to provide two weeks of paid sick leave to employees being tested or treated for coronavirus; people who have been told by a doctor or government official to stay home because of exposure or symptoms will also be covered.
As revised in the Senate, payments would be capped at $511 a day, which is how an annual salary of $133,000 earns breaks down.  Workers with family members affected by coronavirus including parents whose kids' schools are closed would still receive up to two-thirds of their pay, though that benefit is limited to $200 a day.  In a refreshingly non-partisan move, both parties pushed for the relief, and the President signed it into law Wednesday night.


Health coverage options if you’re unemployed or recently lost your job and job-based insurance

This brief summary, taken from Healthcare.gov will guide you through some basic options:

·  Health coverage options if you’re unemployed

·  COBRA coverage and the Marketplace

·  Next steps: If you’re unemployed and need coverage

If you’re unemployed you may be able to get an affordable health insurance plan through the Marketplace, with savings based on your income and household size. You may also qualify for free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Your household size and income, not your employment status, determine what health coverage you’re eligible for and how much help you’ll get paying for coverage.


If you just lost your job and your job-based insurance

If you have just left your job for any reason and lost your job-based health coverage, you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. This means you can enroll in a Marketplace insurance plan any time of year. You usually have 60 days from the day you lose your coverage to enroll. Learn how to apply for a Special Enrollment Period

There is no limited enrollment period for Medicaid or CHIP. If you qualify, you can enroll in these programs any time of year. You’ll find out if you qualify when you fill out your Marketplace application.


Your options depend on your household income.

When you apply for Marketplace coverage you’ll estimate your income for the current calendar year. Medicaid, CHIP, and insurance plans through the Marketplace. When you fill out a Marketplace application, you’ll find out if you qualify for any of these types of coverage:

·  A Marketplace insurance plan

You may qualify for premium tax credits and savings on deductibles, copayments, and other out-of-pocket costs based on your household size and income. Some people with low incomes may wind up paying very small premiums. Learn about getting lower costs on a Marketplace insurance plan

·  Medicaid

Medicaid provides coverage to millions of Americans with limited incomes or disabilities. Many states have expanded Medicaid to cover all people below certain income levels. Learn more about Medicaid and how to apply

·  Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) 

CHIP provides coverage for children, and in some states pregnant women, in families with incomes too high for Medicaid but too low to afford private insurance.  Learn more about CHIP

After you finish your Marketplace application, you’ll get an eligibility determination that tells you what kind of coverage you and others in your household qualify for.





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FOOD SECURITY, FOOD PANTRIES, CHURCHES, SENIOR SHOPPING HOURS AND DONATIONS IN NWI

LET’S KEEP SENIOR HOURS SO SENIORS CAN SHOP SAFELY

A volunteer community effort to leave the early hours of shopping to seniors- so they can safely get out of the house and shop for needed items- has taken hold. Several local grocers have officially set aside senior shopping hours:


· Strack & Van Til is inviting higher-risk seniors 60 years old and older to shop between 6 and 7 a.m. Monday through Friday.


· Jewel-Osco is having senior hours from 7 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. The chain's stores, many of which are normally 24/7, will be open to the general public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.


· Meijer is dedicating shopping times for senior citizens and those with chronic health conditions from 7 to 8 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and for store employees and essential service workers like medical workers, first responders and law enforcement from 7 to 8 a.m. Monday to Wednesday.


LOCAL CHURCHES COME TOGETHER TO PROVIDE MEALS IN NWI


Several local churches are organizing meals during the virus, check here.


SCHOOL MEALS CONTINUE

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has announced that all school buildings in the state will remain closed through Friday, May 1st, to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Because many children rely on school-provided meals, school districts in Northwest Indiana have established schedules to provide meals during the closures.  Some are distributing meal packages for an entire week on one day. Other schools are providing daily pickup opportunities through "grab-and-go" and "drive-thru" style models, limiting the public's access to closed school buildings.

(If your district is not represented, or you have an announcement relating to schools during the virus closures, please send an email to Jill@SabrinaHaakeForCongress.com and we’ll do our best to post it.)


Gary School District ** Update - is committed to making food to available to students. GCSC will distribute food items to youth ages 18 and younger on TODAY March 30th from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

A fleet of buses will be dispatched to locations across the city and will stay in these locations for 45-minute increments or until food items are exhausted. There will not be a second route, therefore, early arrival is suggested. Families should only get food from one site to ensure that the District can serve as many youth as possible.

Food items will be handed out by district employees and representatives from food vendor Sodexo Magic.


The list of distribution stops  can be found here and on the homepage of the school district's website.


Families are asked to bring bags, boxes and any other items to help with the transport of their food items. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early. Security will also be on hand to conduct orderly distribution while ensuring that social distancing is practiced.

"We thank our families for their patience as we perfect this process," said Emergency Manager Dr. Paige McNulty. "We hope that everyone continues to stay safe as we continue to forge ahead during these never before seen times."


Duneland School Corporation ** Update

DUNELAND School Corporation changed the location for meal distribution to school-age children during the current school closure.  Meals will be distributed at Chesterton High School beginning Monday, March 23rd from 11:00am - 12:30pm.  Meals will continue to be distributed Monday through Friday for the duration of the school closure including Spring Break week.  Meals consist of a lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following day.  Vehicles will enter the CHS parking area through the entrance by the football stadium. Follow signs to the distribution area and pull up to the curb for meal pick-up.  Exit onto 1050 North.

During the closure, they continue to ask that if you or a member of your family are asked to self-quarantine, or if you or any member of your family tests positive for COVID-19, please contact your student’s building principal via email immediately.


Hammond schools **Update

Providing meals Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30-11:30AM at the following sites:

  • Edison Elementary School - 7025 Madison Avenue, Hammond, IN 46324 
  • Franklin Elementary School - 1000 116th Street, Whiting, IN 46394 
  • Harding Elementary School - 3211 165th Street, Hammond, IN 46323 
  • Irving Elementary School - 4727 Pine Avenue, Hammond, IN 46327 
  • Maywood Elementary School - 1001 165th Street, Hammond, IN 46324 
  • Morton Elementary School - 7006 Marshall Avenue, Hammond, IN 46323 


Crown Point **Update

Breakfast and lunch can be picked by qualified free/reduced lunch students March 30 – April 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at any of these school locations: Crown Point High School, Jerry Ross Elementary School, MacArthur Elementary School, or Timothy Ball Elementary School.


Michigan City **Update

Curbside “grab and go” pick up of school meals will be available on MONDAYS from 4:00-6:00pm

Service will continue each Monday until students return to school. There WILL be service on Monday, April 6 during Spring Break.

A bag of 10 meals (5 breakfasts and 5 lunches) will be provided at no cost for each Michigan City Area Schools or Head Start student. 

These bags will be available for pickup at the following locations:
Barker Middle School - 319 Barker Road - Enter using the back parking lot on Cleveland Avenue
Krueger Middle School - 2001 Springland Avenue - Enter using the right drive and keep right behind the building
Knapp Elementary School - 321 Bolka Avenue - Enter using the W. Coolspring Avenue parking lot
Elston Building - 501 Detroit Street - Enter from Pine Street by Meer Gym & Gill Field

Please also note that this service is for Michigan City Area Schools and Head Start students ONLY.


Portage High School **Update

The Portage district has scheduled continued delivery dates on March 30 and April 6 at Portage High School West.ptscommunications@portage.k12.in.us


FOOD PANTRIES IN NWI

There are over 100 organizations in Northwest Indiana with food available to those who need it. Always call first- these organizations are staffed by volunteers and   are not always open. They may also have different eligibility requirements as well as ID requirements. Here’s the list by NWI zipcode:

https://foodbanknwi.org/get-help/find-a-pantry/


DONATE EQUIPMENT


InHealth Ambulance and the United Way of Porter County established a central drop-off location for donations of personal protective equipment for front-line medical workers.  Anyone with  face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, eye protection wear, (including homemade masks made by crafters!) can drop them off from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday at inHealth Ambulance 153 W U.S. Hwy. 6 in Valparaiso.

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KEEPING YOUR KIDS BUSY AT HOME

Don’t let your kids get fuzzy brain just because there’s no school.  Keep ‘em sharp (and busy!) Scholastic is offering free online courses so your kids can keep learning while schools are closedand here’s an online homeschool kit!


Free videos from around the world (Grades 3 -12) —ProjectExplorer


Watch free videos from around the globe! Travel the world through the eyes of our storytellers. Includes videos for students grades 3 - 12. Destinations, Crash Test World, Doha Debates, and Seen By Me. And free online courses geared towards older kids.


And all of these Education Companies are offering FREE subscriptions to their services. For more free activities, check out this Kids Activities Blog


Introduce your kids to Scratch from MIT: Scratch is designed especially for young people ages 8 to 16, but people of all ages create and share with Scratch.


Science Kids - There are lots of activities and projects for your kids to learn and play with


250+ Creative Ways to Keep Your Family Sane During the Crisis


12 famous museums offer virtual tours you can take on your couch!


National Geographic Kids
This is a great way to let your kids explore the world from their own home.







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AND SOME STUFF FOR ADULTS TOO!

HOMEMADE HAND SANITIZER IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

Whatcha gonna make with Sabrina Haake? How about hand sanitizer to keep your hands germ free? All you need are three common household ingredients:

• 3/4 cup rubbing alcohol (isopropyl – 99 percent) • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel  • a few drops of lavender, clove, eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon, or other essential oil to make it smell good.

Mix with a spoon, then whisk to turn the sanitizer into a gel.  Pour the ingredients into an empty bottle, label it “Hand Sanitizer” and voila! 

Use frequently in the time of Covid-19!


A Brain Hack to Break the Coronavirus Anxiety Cycle - The New York Times

Uncertainty about coronavirus spreads anxiety through social contagion. Here’s a way to minimize that.


From Child Mind Institute:

Supporting Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis


 12 famous museums offer virtual tours you can take on your couch!


From Health and Wellness

6 science-backed activities to help you relax while you’re home



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HOW YOU CAN HELP DURING THE CRISIS

KEEP THE HOME HEARTH CLEAN- One of the best ways to help stop the spread of the virus is to keep your home clean.  If you're helping a neighbor or loved one or just keeping it togethr at home,   these are disinfectants the EPA says you can use against the virus:


Clorox Multi Surface Cleaner + Bleach

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Disinfecting Spray

Lysol brand Heavy-Duty Cleaner Disinfectant Concentrate

Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist

Lysol brand Clean & Fresh Multi-Surface Cleaner

Purell Professional Surface Disinfectant Wipes

Sani-Prime Germicidal Spray


Click here For the Full List of EPA approved  disinfectants



EXTRA FOOD YOU CAN SPARE?


If your family has extra canned or dry goods that you can spare, here is a list of shelters and churches  that may need extra food donations:

  

Catholic Charities Gary - Gateway Housing

Gary, IN 46402

(219) 886-3565

Permanent Housing for Chronically Homeless Persons with   Disabilities 


Gabriel Horn Homeless Shelter

Valparaiso, IN
(219) 364-8018


Brother's Keeper

Gary, IN 46407

(219) 882-4459

Homeless Shelter For Men 


Sand Castle Shelter
Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 879-2552


New Creation Men’s Center 

Valparaiso, Indiana 46383

219-548-3548


NEW EBENEZER

Merrillville IN 

219.750.9773


NWI Veteran's Village

Gary, IN 46402

219-951-0836

permanent, supportive housing for homeless and disabled   veterans 


FAITH TEMPLE OF CHRIST

Merrillville IN 

219.736.51997

 

GRIFFITH FIRST CHRISTIAN MINISTRY

Griffith IN 46319

219-227-9515


Serenity House of Gary - Halfway House

Gary, IN 46408

(219) 980-1955

Serenity House of Gary, Inc is a halfway house for those   making the journey to sobriety. 

 

CORNERSTONE COMMUNITY CHURCH

Hobart IN 

219.942.4800


Refuge House Gary

Gary, IN 46402

(219) 883-1110

homeless shelter for men. 

 

Battered Person Shelter the Rainbow

Gary, IN 46402

(219) 886-1600

Shelter for battered women & their dependent children, and homeless women. 


GIVE BLOOD

As universities cancel classes, blood donations have fallen, which could lead to potential shortages. 

Dan Waxman, vice president and senior medical director of Versiti Blood Center of Indiana, said recent blood drive cancellations have created a loss of more than 800 potential donations.  He also noted there's no   evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted via blood transfusion, but prospective donors are discouraged from giving if they are symptomatic.   Although health leaders are encouraging social distancing, an hour-long visit to a blood center is safe because it is a controlled and sterile environment. "This is one place that they should visit right now," Waxman said. 

American Red Cross: Give Blood

The coronavirus outbreak appears to be keeping Americans from donating blood. Hundreds of blood drives have already been cancelled, but if you're healthy and still have access to one near your home, the Red Cross is asking that you schedule a time to donate. To be clear, there is no evidence that coronavirus can be spread through blood, and Red Cross employees will employ stringent safety precautions.

GIVE BLOOD


People have asked where they can donate money. Here are some ideas:

These suggestions for groups that need your help are from an Esquire Magazine article by Sarah Rense


Feeding America

Feeding America is a nationwide organization that harnesses support from local communities to the federal government to keep low-income families supplied with food. Right now, its biggest concern is children whose schools have closed, cutting off a source of healthy, free meals. Feeding America also has a running list of food banks across the country, if you'd like to donate closer to home.

DONATE


Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels delivers food to seniors—safely, per CDC guidelines, as older folks are at greater risk of serious illness from COVID-19—and makes sure they're not left on their own while the country hunkers down. You can donate to the national branch, or call up your local Meals on Wheels provider to see how you can help.

DONATE


Homeless Shelters

According to medical researchers, the half-million homeless people in America are at a higher risk of contracting coronavirus, and shelters around the country have been advised by the CDC to conduct screenings. Meaning, the already-stressed shelter system will need more assistance than ever. Look to this directory of homeless shelters to find one near you.

DONATE


Support Local Businesses with Carry-out

Across the country, states are telling restaurants and bars to either close up shop or limit their service to take out and delivery only. Clubs, theaters, and concert venues are shutting down. So are book shops, boutiques, and other local joints. Though slowing the spread of the virus is essential, it comes at the expense of these smaller businesses, some of which might consider you a regular. In lieu of a bar tab or a concert ticket, you can buy a gift card now to use later. You can purchase products or merch online. Go ahead and splurge on that delivery order—the delivery person can leave it on your front stoop to avoid close contact—and tip extra well. Anything to keep the cash flow trickling along, as long as you're keeping your distance.


Your Favorite Performers

With concert halls closed and large social gatherings banned, touring artists and bands, comedians, actors, stage crews, and others are left in the lurch. But there are other ways to support their craft. Many up-and-coming musicians have Bandcamp accounts that allow you to donate directly. Some performers are sharing links to Venmo, GoFundMe, and Patreon accounts. Check in on their social media accounts to see if they’d appreciate an assist. And, as always, buy albums and merch.

 


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