UPDATED MAY 7
Coronavirus Precautions within and around the CIL Community
The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living takes very seriously the events unfolding regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Please review the below updates to our building and service availability. If you have any questions please feel welcome to reach out to us at 734-971-0277 or email@example.com, or by contacting your individual staff person. We know you may be anxious about the current situation, and we are here to support you.
As people with disabilities ourselves, our community comprises many of the people most at risk of serious effects of the coronavirus, including older adults; people with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes; and people with weaker immune systems, including women who are pregnant.
At this time:
Both the Ann Arbor CIL and Monroe CIL buildings are now closed for all use through May 28th. If you have any questions, call 734-971-0277.
- Our services remain available via phone. Our staff continue to work throughout this period, and are doing so remotely. If you have an appointment with a staff member, your staff person will be in touch with you to make arrangements for a phone meeting when possible. If you want to reach out to one of our staff members, please feel welcome to do so. If you have any questions, call us at 734-971-0277 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We ARE ANSWERING PHONES AND EMAIL during regular hours of operation.
- Staff will not be attending community events, conducting off-site appointments, or traveling around our tri-county service area, unless necessary. Please contact your staff person if you have questions about your particular appointment or event.
Please continue to monitor our website and Facebook page for further updates.
We thank you for your understanding of this situation which we take very seriously. We aim to keep our community as safe as possible and are following recommended guidelines of local public health leaders. We will continue to monitor and follow information and instructions from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the Michigan Community Health Emergency Coordination Center as well as the updated practices of local schools, community organizations, and public and government services.
If you have any questions regarding our policy or actions, please contact our Executive Director, Alex Gossage, at 734-971-0277.
The following information comes from the Administration on Community Living and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Pay close attention to potential symptoms of COVID-19, including:
- Shortness of breath
If you feel like you are developing symptoms, stay home and call your doctor. Tell your provider that you have or may have COVID-19. They will assist you with getting care without getting others infected.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.In adults, emergency warning signs*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptom that is severe or concerning.
For those with greater vulnerability to contracting COVID-19:
If you are among those at higher risk, including older adults; people with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes; and people with weaker immune systems, including women who are pregnant, the CDC recommends that you:
- Stay at home as much as possible.
- Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time. CDC has great resources to help you plan.
- When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces.
- Stay up to date on CDC Travel Health Notices.
- Plan now for what you will do if you, or people you rely on for support, become ill.
Facemask use and guidelines:
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (for example, sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
The following information is from the Washtenaw County Health Department:
Scams and Price Gouging: Michigan’s Attorney General is warning residents to watch out for price gouging on in-demand products. The Washtenaw County Health Department has been notified of people trying to sell miracle coronavirus cures in our area. Report scams to the Michigan Attorney General online or by calling 877-765-8388.
About Coronaviruses: Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people such as has been seen with MERS and SARS. When person-to-person spread has occurred with SARS and MERS, it is thought to have happened via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. Spread of SARS and MERS between people has generally occurred between close contacts. Past MERS and SARS outbreaks have been complex, requiring comprehensive public health response.
Nondiscrimination: Discrimination harms public health. People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get coronavirus than anyone else. Let’s fight this public health concern with compassion and science, not fear and discrimination.
Additional Materials and Resources
- How to be Prepared for Coronavirus Fact Sheet from Washtenaw County Health Department (more languages coming soon)
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 Fact Sheet from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) - English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Arabic
- Coronavirus Fact Sheet from Washtenaw County Health Department
- United States information: cdc.gov/COVID19
- World Health Organization: who.int/coronavirus
- Global dashboard from John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering
- Know your risk from University of Michigan, based on CDC guidance
- Washtenaw County Information for Providers