13 Mar Resources & Community Care in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak
In light of the spread of COVID-19, we’re calling on our community to be prepared, calm the panic, and support each other. In addition to staying home when sick, washing your hands frequently, and following your local public health officials’ recommendations, here’s how you can help your community heal:
- Practice social-distancing, not social isolation. Consider reaching out via phone, email, text, video chat to folks in your community, especially those with a higher risk, to see how they are doing and if they need support. These are difficult times, and we get through them through connection. Can you drop groceries off for your neighbor? Can you help cook a meal for a friend? Can you walk someone’s dog if they’re unable to?
- We Want Social Distancing, Not Social Isolation (BSK)
- Social distancing is good right now. Social isolation is not. (Tacoma-Pierce County Health Dept)
- Disrupt stigma and false resources. Viruses don’t discriminate, and neither should you. When you see misinformation circulating, do your part and say something. Promote valid and valuable information from trusted sources like the CDC or King County Public Health.
- Support small business when you can. Along with self-quarantines and increased social distancing come difficult economic impacts for all of us. Shop local and support the small businesses in your community to help them weather this outbreak. Check out Intentionalist.com to support small businesses and diverse local communities. We recommending checking out businesses in the International District that deliver.
- Don’t hoard materials. Be prepared, don’t panic. Recognize when you need to stock up on things you and your family need, and when you’re creating a shortage of necessary supplies (face masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, etc.) for people who need them, like high risk populations and those caring for them.
- Go outside! Social distancing and self quarantines can be difficult mentally and physically. We recommend enjoying time outside, if you can. Breathe fresh air, enjoy some sunshine, and feel connected to living things around you. Do this in a safe way, stay close to your home and go out in groups of 1-2 people, and maintain social distancing with any others you see out and about. Outdoor recreation is still key to mental and physical health we just need to do it differently for the safety of everyone.
- Have honest, age-appropriate conversations about what’s happening. In uncertain times, parental reassurance goes a long way. The Child Mind Institute has a great guide to talking to children about coronavirus and COVID19, which includes tips on how much information to share and how to manage your own anxieties and uncertainties. Be honest about what’s different in your home, be that screen time or parents working while kiddos are home.
- Talking to Kids About COVID-19 Blog Post (Public Health Connection)
- Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus (NPR)
RESOURCES (UPdated March 24, 2020 – 12:00PM)
Public Health Officials
- King County Public Health
- General Guidance Homepage
- Guidance for Childcare + Schools
- Guidance for Gatherings <250
- King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center (8:00am – 7:00pm): 206-477-3977
- Live COVID-19 Q&A Video: Friday, 3/13, 2pm (Public Health – Seattle & King County)
- Washington State Office of the Governor
- Washington State Dept. of Public Health
- COVID-19 webpage
- Call Center open to the public from 6:00am to 10:00pm, seven days a week: 1-800-525-0127; press #
Community Care & NEWS
- Seattle Times – pay wall removed for all COVID-19 related coverage
- COVID-19 Mutual Aid Support Network (Offer Support Volunteer Form)
- COVID-19 Mutual Aid Support Network (Request Form)
- Seattle Public Schools – Meal Support and Resources
- Washington Health Plan Finder – special enrollment period now through April 8th for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance
- With blood drive cancellations, blood donations are also needed (Bloodworks Northwest)
- Free Internet from Comcast
- Utility Discount Program immediate utility relief (Seattle)
- Employment Security Department and a COVID-19 Scenarios Guide (Washington)
- Seattle Artist Relief Fund application form (Seattle)
- Small Business Stabilization Fund (Seattle)
- DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe (Kiro 7 News)
- Free Vroom App (Science-based tips and tools for families)
Families at Home with Kiddos
- Busy Toddler
- Days w/ Grey
- 7 Parent-Tested Tips to Unplug & Play
- 101 Screen-Free Activities
- Play Ideas For When Kids Are Stuck At Home
- Roll and Color Math Games
- Read / Write / Draw Printables
- ABC Phonics Poems
- CVC Phonics Poems
- At-Home Learning Mats
- Virtual museum tours
- Scavenger Hunts
Seattle Public Schools Activities for Preschool-aged Children
- Read a Book, Ask a Question – Make reading interactive, ask questions about the book that can be answered verbally or nonverbally.
- Rhyme Time – Introduce rhyming words by reciting a rhyme or reading a rhyming book.
- Picture Book – Create a picture book using magazine pictures, your children’s drawings or family photos. Encourage your child to share their ideas about the pictures and write down their words. Share the book and ask question as you read together.
- Sorting – sort collections of items in your house by size, color and shapes. Items you can find include shells, buttons, rocks leaves.
- Matching – sort and match laundry items.
- Counting Collections – have your child count a collection of items you have in your house, such as buttons, toys, paper clips, etc.
- Play card games
- Homemade Floor Puzzle – use a piece of cardboard and have your child draw a picture. Cut the pieces into various shapes and sizes. Have child put pieces together.
- Color Search – look for items that are a color match. Hold up a colored object and you’re your child go on a hunt around your house to find items that are the same color.
- I Spy Shapes – look for items that are a shape match. Have child search for items in the house that are round, square, triangular, rectangular.