A Message on COVID-19: March 12, 2020

March 12, 2020 | 826 Blog Post

Dear 826michigan Community,

As you make plans to care for yourself and others, I want to take a moment to communicate the precautions we are taking at 826michigan as we navigate the ongoing situation with the coronavirus. Your health and well-being, as our students, families, volunteers, staff, and partners, is our main priority. We are closely following the updates from the Michigan Department of Public Health and Human Services , the CDC , and the World Health Organization .
There are now two confirmed cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Michigan. In response to this, we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure our community stays healthy as we continue to monitor this situation. We aim to be proactive, prepared, and informed in our approach. We share this information in the spirit of deep caring, so that you can be confident and comfortable in our spaces and so we can act together as a responsible citizenry to keep our community safe.
At this time, our programs are continuing as scheduled, but we are reassessing daily and will likely make changes to our regular drop-in tutoring and workshops programs soon.
Please consult our website or call 734-761-3463 for updates. We will send word if anything changes and will add updates to our website and social media channels.
We’re working hard to ensure our environments are clean and safe. We are taking the following steps to prevent the spread of germs:
  • We are increasing hygiene measures at our centers, including additional disinfecting routines, handwashing signage, and supplies.
  • We are reminding students and volunteers throughout programming about hand washing protocol and importance.
  • We are also increasing and adding to our regular cleaning routines.
  • We have advised staff and volunteers to take sick days and work from home as needed when not feeling well.
As valued members of our 826michigan community, we ask for your support in creating a culture of informed precaution during this time. We echo the importance of the following practices adapted from the CDC for both adults and students:
  • Avoid visiting 826michigan if you don’t feel well. Students, volunteers, staff, and families who are symptomatic of illness are encouraged to remain home until symptoms, including but not limited to coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and fever, subside.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.”
  • Wash your hands as soon as you walk through the door—home & work.
We will keep you updated on our continued efforts. Thank you for helping us create a healthy and safe environment for everyone at 826michigan.
Naimah Wade, Ph.D.
Executive Director, 826michigan

AN IMPORTANT NOTE: This represents our best and current thinking on the matter as of today, March 12, 2020. We will continue to monitor all developments in real-time, and any updates to these recommendations will be published via email, our social media channels, and our website. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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