This is a tough one.
A recent study found that the COVID-19 coronavirus can survive up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. That means the virus could be hanging out waiting for your kid to come play. Of course this respiratory virus is spread most easily by inhaling it—that's why it's imperative to give each other at least 6 feet of space.
And please ignore the rumors say that kids and young people are immune to the virus. Reports from areas of the world where testing is more available than it is in the US show kids and young people are absolutely getting infected. Which means they're spreading the disease even if they're not feeling sick enough to get tested.
Please, for the good of your community, assume you also have the virus even if you're feeling well. And greet your neighbors from afar.
To help direct folks to the appropriate resources, Beaumont Health has developed an online risk assessment tool. If you are concerned your symptoms might be Covid-19, you can use this tool from the comfort of your own home. (Of course, if you need emergency help, you should call 911 immediately.)
Here's the link.
Meijer is adjusting its store hours to allow more time for team members to deep clean and restock its stores, as well as dedicated hours for senior citizens, customers with chronic health conditions, essential service workers and its team members.
New store hours:
Actual astronauts reading books from the International Space Station. Super cool, whether you're stuck at home or not. See the whole library here.
The state is maintaining a very robust coronavirus web site that gives daily updates on where and how many confirmed cases there are in the state, best practices for keeping yourself and your loved ones free of infection, clear guidance on coronavirus symptoms and much much more. You can also subscribe to regular updates by email. Take a look for yourself at https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus.
As I add resources to this page, I will change the date of the post so you can see at a glance if there's something new since the last time you visited.
Hello and good health to all. I hope you are taking care of yourselves and your loved ones and that this info helps in some small way.
We all know the best way to avoid contracting Covid-19 is to stay away from crowds and to wash your hands several times a day. But it’s hard to wash your hands without water.
Call 313-386-9727 to get water turned back on
Folks who have had their water shut off or who have received a shut-off notice can get their water restored by calling Wayne Metro at 313-386-9727. If your water hasn’t been shut off but you have trouble paying your bill, call 313-386-9727 to enroll in the WRAP or 10/30/50 programs.
St Christine still serving lunch Tuesdays 2-4p and Saturdays 12-2p
St. Christine, at the corner of Dacosta and Fenkell, will be handing their Tuesday and Saturday meals to folks at the door so they can be enjoyed at home. They will also pass out pre-packed bags of food for the food pantry clients on Tuesdays from 1-4p and Saturdays 12-1:30p. (There is no residency requirement for Saturday pantry pick up. For Tuesday pantry pick up, you must live in Detroit zip codes 48219 or 48223 and you must provide proof of residency with current Michigan ID, DTE bill or copy of rent/lease agreement.)
Starting March 18th, hungry kids can get grab-and-go breakfast and lunch at Gompers M-F 8-10:30 and 10:30-1
Kids can go to Gompers to pick up food to be eaten at home. They will not be allowed to enter the school building. There is no id requirement, but it’s not yet clear whether or not kids can pick up food for siblings.
Forgotten Harvest is working on plans to feed families, stay tuned for updates
If you would like to volunteer to help Forgotten Harvest get food to families, call the Brightmoor Alliance at 313-766-6041.
Call Covid-19 hotline at 888-535-6136 with health questions
The Covid-19 hotline will be staffed by public health experts who will answer questions and direct callers to resources in their communities every day from 8a-5p.
Stay informed with Detroit’s new community messaging system
Click here to sign up to get non-emergency messages sent directly to your phone and email.
Comcast is offering short-term free internet through Internet Essentials (click here).
DTE offers low- or no-cost service restoration
DTE is offering restoration of services for no or low cost. You can request a 30 day lock on your account to avoid shutoff. Call: 1-800-477-4747 for assistance. Contact Representative Rashida Tlaib if you run into any problems.
Try to stay calm and avoid hoarding
Worried you’re going to fall off that cultural upswing you’ve been working on? Opera to the rescue. Metropolitan Opera is offering Nightly Met Opera Streams.
And finally, a plea for perspective… If you can possibly keep yourself from hoarding toilet paper and other necessities, there will be plenty for everyone. But as one glance at the grocery store shelves will show, if your closet’s full of TP, it’s at the expense of someone else; their behind is literally on the line. Please, in this time (and all others), do your best to consider the impact of your actions.
Wow, this is some amazing news. This is something the Coalition for Property Tax Justice (formerly known as Coalition to Stop Illegal Foreclosures) has been advocating for some time and is a huge breath of fresh air.
Please note, this does not forgive current taxes or back taxes, it just ensures you won't lose your home this year. If you are having trouble paying your property taxes, please fill out an hptap application--it eliminates property taxes for qualifying homeowners. If you have any questions about the tax exemption or would like an application delivered, shoot Louella an email.
Read the Free Press article here.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expanded who can file for unemployment as well as benefits.
Those out of work caring for family members, either because they are sick or because of school closures, can now apply for benefits, according to the governor's office. Also, workers who are "sick, quarantined or immunocompromised" and who don't have paid family and medical leave or are laid off are eligible.
Read the whole Detroit News article (which includes info on applying) here.
Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Temporarily Closing Bars, Theaters, Casinos, and Other Public Spaces (Gyms); Limiting Restaurants to Delivery and Carry-Out Orders
COVID19 Update 03/16 (11:00am)
Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order to temporarily close theaters, bars, and casinos, and limits restaurants to carry-out and delivery orders.
Under the Executive Order, the following places of public accommodation will be closed; restaurants, foodcourts, cafés, coffee houses, bars, taverns, brewpubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, clubs, hookah bars, cigar bars, vaping lounges, theaters, cinemas, indoor and outdoor performance venues, libraries and museums, gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, indoor studios, spots, and casinos.
This order does not restrict a place of business from offering food and beverage using delivery or carry out.
These restrictions do NOT apply to: office buildings, grocery stores, markets, food pantries, pharmacies, drug stores, and providers of medical equipment and supplies, health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, juvenile justice facilities, warehouse and distribution centers, and industrial and manufacturing facilities.
Order restrictions will remain in place until Monday, March 30 at 11:59 pm.
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