Our community's well-being is a priority to us and as an organization that fights for the education, income stability, and the health of each person. We are closely watching the developments surrounding the spread of Coronavirus, and many people may be wondering what we can do to minimize the impact of the outbreak.
We encourage everyone to read these recommendations from the Jefferson County Health Department http://www.jeffcohealth.org/coronavirus-covid19 and Centers for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html for reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection for yourselves and others. These links will take you away from www.uwseark.org website.
As we have done in the past, we are also working on contingency plans and talking with other agencies and partners to prepare for this crisis and the actions we will take after it has passed.
Those preparations include galvanizing our community to bring support to those who are being directly or indirectly affected by the outbreak:
- Low-income families with children who go to schools that have been closed and have nowhere else to get their meals
- People whose hours are cut due to temporary closures and who will need assistance to stay in their homes
- People who are experiencing homelessness and who do not have the resources they need to stay safe
- Community college students who already face barriers as they try to finish their education
Viruses don’t discriminate and neither should we. Coronavirus doesn’t recognize race, nationality, ethnicity nor social status. We are stronger as a community when we stand together against discrimination. Take advantage of these resources this link will take you away from uwseark.org to prevent, interrupt, and respond to stigma.
We invite members of our community to reach out to us if they need help, and we welcome any input or ideas on how we can better operate as we move forward.
We implore our business community to consider the short- and long-term impact of their economic decisions, which can adversely affect employees and their families. Their livelihoods depend on the income they earn, and reduced hours, as well as prolonged closures, will severely diminish their ability to pay rent and buy food.
Jefferson County Health Department link:
Center for Disease Control Link: