Tonight at 8 pm, people all over Detroit will be standing outside their homes in silence for 9 minutes to honor George Floyd and victims of violence and police brutality.
If you are so moved, candles or flashlights or other light sources are suggested (although of course it will still be light).
Spearheaded by Council Member Castañeda López, she had this to say:
“The idea to light the city and host a citywide vigil came to me in recognition of the deep pain and brokenness we are all feeling, especially our black community, in light of George Floyd’s murder,” Castañeda López said. “Too many black and brown lives have been lost to violence and police brutality, perpetuating the trauma these communities have experienced for generations."
“Though symbolic in nature, we must honor their lives and create a space, through vigil, for us to collectively grieve as a city," said Castañeda López. "I am grateful to have the support of my colleagues, the Mayor, and DDP in lighting the city purple and making space for a citywide vigil to remember and mourn.”
In the absence of widespread on-demand testing, public health officials across the world have been struggling to track the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in real time. A team of scientists in the United States and the United Kingdom says a crowdsourcing smartphone app may be the answer to that quandary.
Click to read the New York Times article.
Take 1 minute each day and help fight the outbreak in your community:
Get the app here https://covid.joinzoe.com/us
Help for front line workers
We are finally starting to see some tangible help for the folks who daily put their lives on the line to help the rest of us shelter in place without facing hardship.
Check out this article for details.
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Smiles and dreams of summertime tomatoes.
Pandemic EBT Benefits
Starting in May, families with K-12 children who were eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch will see an extra $193.80 per month per eligible student added to their card. Families who do not currently have an EBT card will receive one in the mail by the first week of May.
Life and Death in the "Hot Zone"
If you know of anyone who's ignoring the importance of physical distancing, please have them watch this video. To read the full article, click here.
Here's the latest on what the CDC has to say on running essential errands:
As communities across the United States take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting close contact, people are facing new challenges and questions about how to meet basic household needs, such as buying groceries and medicine, and completing banking activities. The following information provides advice about how to meet these household needs in a safe and healthy manner.
Read more here.
At long last, the CDC has issued a recommendation that folks wear masks when they must leave their homes. Please do not confuse mask wearing with invulnerability. The mask is to protect others from germs you may not know you're spreading as well as to do a "better than nothing" job of protecting you from germs others spray. Staying at home is still the best protection against infection.
We're solidly in the "something is better than nothing" camp, so use what you can. Painter's mask? Great. Bandana? Fantastic. Scarf wrapped around your nose and mouth? (Hot, but again better than nothing.)
Want to sew your own mask? There are lots of patterns out there. Here's one from the New York Times. And here's a super simple no-sew mask.
Be well. And mask up.
Resources for Folks 60+
Seniors who need extra support at this time can now sign up for assistance, including meal delivery, delivery of non-perishable food items, and daily wellness-check calls, through the MDHHS coronavirus website (click here).
In addition, Focus Hope delivers meals to home-bound low-income seniors 60 and older. Call 313-494-4600 8-4 Monday-Thursday & 8-12 Fridays to see if you qualify and to schedule delivery. They also offer drive-up service, please call if you're over 60.
On Rashida Tlaib's virtual town hall today (highly recommended, no matter your political persuasion--click here to subscribe to her updates), we learned about a free service for Detroit folks who need transportation to a doctor or (with a prescription) to the drive-through testing at the fairgrounds.
If you've called your doctor and she wants to see you in person, call 313-208-7364 (24/7) to schedule a ride to your appointment. If your doctor has already prescribed a test for you, call 313-208-7364 (24/7) to schedule a ride to the fairgrounds.
If you fear you have the coronavirus and don't have a primary care physician, call 313-876-4000 #1 and they will get you what you need.
If you're in an emergency situation, call 911 and be sure to tell them it's a possible (or definite, depending on your testing status) coronavirus patient so they can be properly prepared.
I hope you never need this information, but want to make sure you have it if you need it.
Be well and stay home.
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