Our number one priority is the safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, agency partners and the community we serve. Please be assured we are focused on providing continued service to the community. At this time we have removed the RSVP Community Calendar as most events are being cancelled or postponed.
If you are looking for more information regarding resources, information and referrals dial 211 or visit https://www.unitedwaymc.org/get-help. We are following the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control when it comes to gatherings.
Do not attend events if you are sick.
The most important thing when attending an event is to practice good hygiene. This means:
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- 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.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
The measures above are especially important for people who have existing health conditions, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, chronic lung disease or who are immunocompromised.
Things to do at Home
Although remaining inside is a good way to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus, and is an important measure to help “flatten the curve” of daily cases that put pressure on our health care system, it could lead to a lesser evil: boredom and stir craziness.
Here are some indoor activities you may want to try to alleviate boredom during self-quarantine!
- It is important to take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and take your medications as prescribed
- Complete a puzzle: The more pieces the better!
- Do some brain games like; word searches, crossword puzzles, Sudoku etc…
- Organize your Tupperware cupboard! Organize it and actually match lids to containers.
- Knit, crochet, cross-stitch or needlepoint
- If you have Skype or FaceTime, video chat with your long-distance family and friends
- Start a journal or a “Book of Memories” to share with your grand children
- Write actual letters to family and friends
- Write thank-you notes to service people who you remember went out of their way for you
- Watch a long movie, movie series or TV series
- Bake your favorite dessert
- Start some spring-cleaning and organize those forgotten closets and drawers
- Re-pot some indoor plants
- Dust off that old instrument and practice
In addition, if you are feeling isolated or in need of social support, try and connect with others. Talk with people you trust (over the phone) about your concerns and how you are feeling can alleviate anxiety and stress.