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So many of us are hearing from friends and neighbors about interesting things to do while we are sheltering in place, we thought it would be a good idea to compile a consolidated list of some of the more interesting ideas and recommendations. Lots of amazing content here including virtual access to museums, zoos, and global attractions.  

Click here to access the webpage, or view the PDF which can be downloaded as a PDF under the Events menu, at Newsletters (All Villages), “Things to do when Sheltering in Place”. 


Latest Coronavirus Updates from Marin HHS

Marin HHS Surveillance Reports

California Dept of Public Health

CDC information on prevention and symptoms

CDC recommendations on preparing your home


Dear Members and Volunteers,

Communications re Coronavirus 31st March 2020
(previous Coronavirus communications can be found under Newsletters)

Please remember that the Shelter in Place Order is still in effect and will be for the foreseeable future. As of March 31, the County of Marin has extended it until at least May 1st.

Here’s how you can do your part to help slow and reduce the spread of the virus:

Assume everyone is a potential carrier of the virus—it’s safer for you that way. In practice, here’s what this means:

• Please don’t get complacent. Keep “sheltering in place” even though it may be boring and disconcerting! (Use our “Things to Do” list to help focus on the positive!)

• Keep observing good hygiene practices (wash those hands often!) and social distancing (6 feet apart), even in your own home, but especially if you are outside.

• Minimize or avoid trips outside, other than to walk the dog or go out alone for exercise, and only ask others to go out for you when it is really, really important.

• If you have things delivered--food and medicine or packages-- ask whoever is making the delivery to leave everything in front of your door, rather than coming in (unless you are unable to safely bring things in on your own) 

• Use alcohol wipes to clean surfaces if anyone, including friends or family, comes into your home. No hugging or shaking hands! Wash your own hands when they leave.

If you feel ill, stay home, but don’t just try to “tough it out”! Call your healthcare provider. And remember, only a healthcare practitioner can recommend whether or not you should be tested for the virus.

If you know you have actually been exposed to someone with the virus, make sure the people you live with or who are helping you know this, so they can take greater precautions. Redouble your efforts to avoid contact with others whose personal assistance isn’t absolutely necessary. Self-isolate if you can—meaning no mingling with family or others.

If you are actually diagnosed with Covid-19, the County has put in place standard procedures for assisting you and your family with both care and notifications to people you may have come in contact with.

Reported cases of Covid-19 in Marin cases are growing, but not yet as rapidly as in other locations. Marin started sheltering in place early and that may be a factor in helping our efforts to “flatten the curve” of Covid-19 infections. But health officials are indicating that the next 10 days may be crucial, so it’s up to all of us to keep trying to slow the spread of the virus.

MARIN VILLAGE OPERATIONS
We are adjusting our operations as needed to protect members and volunteers. 

 • BJ and Diane are continuing to answer phones, responding to emails and working with members and volunteers as best we can, given the current list of services we can provide at this time.

 • We recently asked volunteers over 65 to refrain from accepting requests that required them to leave home, for their own safety.

 • We are asking members requesting a volunteer to do food shopping to please make sure their request is limited to just one store and includes a request for at least five items.

 • We are increasing our “touch-base” contacts. By now almost all members have been contacted by a local village volunteer just to see how things are going.

 • We are offering members the option for these sorts of touch-base calls (or if the member prefers, emails) to continue on a regular basis while the shelter in place order continues.

 • We are posting “companionship phone calls” on the dashboard as something that members may request.

 • We are still recruiting new volunteers in order to help with member requests for rides to medical appointments that can’t or shouldn’t be changed, errands to pick up food and medicine and help with dangerous home situations.

 • We are still accepting new members, so if you know of anyone who might be interested in joining, please have them call the office. (415) 457-4633).

CLOSING NOTE
Do take a look at the webpage “Things to Do” list mentioned above. You’ll find activities ranging from old fashioned games that don’t require internet connectivity, to wonderful online courses, virtual museum tours, and other cultural offerings. There’s bound to be something there that will help entertain you while we are all at home!

And don’t forget to open your front door, or go out on the balcony or patio, or take a walk by yourself from time to time, just to get some air and to notice again, perhaps with new appreciation, the beautiful communities in which we live.

Our thoughts continue to be with all of you as we go through this difficult time together.

Peter Lee, Interim Executive Director, Marin Villages
Cherie Sorokin, President, Marin Villages


MEANWHILE...

Census. Don’t forget to respond to the census! You should have received, or will shortly, the letter requesting your participation in the census. You can fill it out online, or phone in your responses to (844) 330-2020. Instructions will be in the letter you receive. This is a very important duty for all of us, regardless of whatever else is going on around us. Millions of dollars are at stake for Marin County.
 
Be Alert to Scams. Emergencies bring out the best in some, and the worst in others! It may be harder for us all to ignore scam emails and calls, and especially those robocalls since we’re at home all the time. The Federal Trade Commission is already aware of scams out there falsely indicating there is a medicine that will protect you from, or cure you of, COVID 19. These may request money to put you “first on the list” to receive the medicine, or even promise to ship it now. DO NOT BELIEVE any such request. Here are a few tips that may be helpful in general:

  • Don’t answer the phone if you don’t recognize the number; let it go to voicemail. You can return the call later if it was from someone you want to speak with.
  • Hang up quickly if there is a brief pause between the time you pick up and someone starts to speak. These are usually robocalls.
  • Check the “from” line of any suspicious email you receive to make sure it is coming from the person indicated. The name might be familiar, but the email address may be sending you to a different person.
  • Don’t open attachments from anyone you don’t know well.
  • NEVER respond to requests by phone or email requesting money or gift cards or your social security number or bank or credit card numbers.
  • Be ESPECIALLY WARY of urgent requests.
  • Talk to a friend or family member before you respond to any request to send money or give out information.

 


Upcoming events


04/06/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Monday Back Before Lunch Hike
04/06/2020 - CANCELLED: San Rafael Village - Book Chat
04/06/2020 - Mill Valley Village - VIRTUAL MEETING - Steering Team Meeting
04/07/2020 - Mill Valley Village - VIRTUAL MEETING - Caregiving and Family - Challenges and Rewards
04/07/2020 - Mill Valley Village - VIRTUAL MEETING - Tuesday Knitting and Needlework Group
04/08/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Coffee at the Sweetwater
04/08/2020 - CANCELLED: San Rafael Village - Member/Volunteer Committee
04/10/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Friday Hiking Group
04/10/2020 - CANCELLED: San Rafael Village - Program Committee
04/10/2020 - Mill Valley Village - CONTINUING - Recent Articles Group
04/13/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Monday Back Before Lunch Hike
04/13/2020 - CANCELLED: Marin Villages & Dominican University Personal Life Profiles
04/13/2020 - CANCELLED: San Rafael Village - Movie Group: "Knives Out" and Dinner at Cal Gang
04/14/2020 - CANCELLED: Marin Villages & Dominican University Personal Life Profiles
04/14/2020 - Mill Valley Village - VIRTUAL MEETING - Book Group
04/14/2020 - Mill Valley Village - VIRTUAL MEETING - Tuesday Knitting and Needlework Group
04/15/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Third Wednesday Trail Walk
04/15/2020 - Mill Valley Village - VIRTUAL MEETING - Men's Group at the Sweetwater
04/15/2020 - CANCELLED: San Rafael Village - Read It Out Loud - LOCATION CHANGE
04/16/2020 - CANCELLED: San Rafael Village -- Let's Play Mahjong!
04/16/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Memoir Group
04/16/2020 - CANCELLED: San Rafael Village - Happy Hour
04/17/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Friday Hiking Group
04/17/2020 - CANCELLED: San Rafael Village - Steering Committee
04/20/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Monday Back Before Lunch Hike
04/21/2020 - CANCELLED: Volunteer Training
04/21/2020 - Mill Valley Village - Virtual Meeting - Tuesday Knitting and Needlework Group
04/22/2020 - CANCELLED: Novato Village - Monthly Luncheon
04/22/2020 - CANCELLED: San Rafael Village - Marin Villages Great Books Group
04/23/2020 - CANCELLED: San Rafael Village - Book Club
04/24/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Friday Hiking Group
04/24/2020 - CANCELLED: San Rafael Village - Memoir Writing Group
04/25/2020 - CANCELLED - Mill Valley Village - Mill Valley Volunteer Day 2020
04/27/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Monday Back Before Lunch Hike
04/27/2020 - CANCELLED: Mill Valley Village - Lunch at Feng Nian
04/28/2020 - CANCELLED: San Rafael Village - Lunch Out
04/28/2020 - Mill Valley Village - Virtual Meeting - Tuesday Knitting and Needlework Group
05/01/2020 - Mill Valley Village - Friday Hiking Group
05/04/2020 - Mill Valley Village - Monday Back Before Lunch Hike
05/04/2020 - San Rafael Village - Book Chat
05/04/2020 - Mill Valley Village - Steering Team Meeting
05/05/2020 - Mill Valley Village - Mill Valley Age Friendly Fair
05/05/2020 - Mill Valley Village - Caregiving and Family - Challenges and Rewards
05/05/2020 - Mill Valley Village - Tuesday Knitting and Needlework Group
05/06/2020 - Mill Valley Village - Men's Group at the Sweetwater
05/06/2020 - San Rafael Village - First Wednesday Coffee
 
 

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