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Information About and Help Responding to the  Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the News

Information provided by ACME:

To our valued customers and neighbors,

Like you, we are closely monitoring the Coronavirus pandemic, and acting as quickly as possible to continue serving you to the best of our ability, both in-store and through our various delivery options.

Your Safety is Front of Mind

• We have continued to take enhanced measures to clean and disinfect all departments, restrooms and other high-touch points of the store throughout the day, as well as a deep cleanse at the end of each business day. Cart wipes and hand sanitizer stations continue to be available at key locations within the store for your convenience.

• As recommended by state and local health officials, we encourage you to wash, or sanitize, your hands before entering and leaving the store as a courtesy to your neighbors and our associates.

• We’ve created “Contact Free” delivery procedures for our team and have changed our signature processes so that our delivery drivers can sign for you when delivering your order, after completing an ID check, if necessary.

Keeping You Supplied

• Our doors remain open and we continue to have essential goods that our communities need, and we are replenishing inventory as quickly as possible.

• Some of our stores have adjusted their hours to give our teams the time they need to restock shelves and get ready to serve your community.

• We have also reserved special times for seniors and other vulnerable shoppers who must leave home to obtain their groceries, unless otherwise locally mandated. We ask that you avoid shopping Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 9 AM so that the stores can be available for them.

• Our Grocery Delivery, Pharmacy Delivery and Drive Up & Go services are available, and we are doing everything we can to ensure deliveries and pickups are on schedule. We appreciate the patience and understanding our customers have shown as we strive to meet all of our customers’ needs during this critical time.

Temporary Changes

• We ask that you continue to respect the quantity limits of select, high-demand items put in place at your store in order to ensure more of your neighbors can find the products they need.

• Our return policy is temporarily changing. We are not accepting returns at this time.

• We have temporarily suspended our Raincheck service. Right now, we may be out of some items indefinitely. We will make every effort to let customers know when they will be in stock again.

For Our Team

• The health and well-being of our team remains our top priority. Associates diagnosed with COVID-19 will receive two weeks of replacement pay while they are unable to work. If the associate is unable to return to work after two weeks, the associate will be able to use any other sick leave pay or short-term disability.

• We will also pay any associate who is asked to self-quarantine by their health care provider or by our company, based on current CDC risk assessment guidelines, up to two weeks of replacement pay while they are unable to work.

Our teams across our stores are truly the people to thank for keeping our stores operating. Working long hours and stocking our shelves to keep up with demand, we truly cannot express enough gratitude for their dedication and commitment these last few weeks. Please join me in showing your appreciation when shopping with us next.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and your community. We appreciate your patience, and we will continue to keep you updated.

Sincerely,

Vivek Sankaran
President & CEO, Albertsons Companies

March 20th


Information provided by a member:

Potential Scams Linked to Coronavirus

Malware/email: Malicious actors have begun spreading malware through online maps claiming to track the impact of coronavirus. As users visit the sites or click the links, they are exposing usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, browsing history, or other nonpublic personal information that is then exploited by the attackers or sold to other criminals on the dark web.
Email campaigns. Criminals are also leveraging common forms of fraud like spam email campaigns, using infected attachments or downloads to gather information.

Charitable giving. Scammers may pose as clients claiming to need funds for charitable contributions or expenses related to the virus. Be on guard for sudden or urgent requests for funds — and talk to your clients about how they can protect themselves from falling victim to such schemes.

In addition, the department of Treasury has posted the following:
If you receive calls, emails, or other communications claiming to be from the Treasury Department and offering COVID-19 related grants or stimulus payments in exchange for personal financial information, or an advance fee, tax, or charge of any kind, including the purchase of gift cards, please do not respond. These are scams. Please contact the FBI at www.ic3.gov so that the scammers can be tracked and stopped.

Telephone
There are numerous telephone and email scams in which individuals claim to be employees of the Treasury Department. These scammers often state that they are from the “Department of Legal Affairs,” offer grant money in exchange for you wiring a small payment, or threaten to arrest you within a short period of time unless payment is made. Do not provide personal information or payment to these individuals. Their actions are crimes under Titles 18 and 31 of the United States Code.

MAIL SCAMS
If you receive something suspicious in the mail claiming to be from the US Department of the Treasury, report it to the Treasury Inspector General:

OIG Hotline Page
Email: oigcounsel@oig.treas.gov
Phone: 800-359-3898 (toll free)

If you receive something suspicious in the mail claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, report it to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

March 20


Information Provided by GiveFit:

GiveFit is making all of our online workout programs 100% FREE for the foreseeable future. Feel free to share these programs with whomever you think might benefit.

Go to givefit.org/log-in to see the workouts.

It includes the following programs:
-Seated Core & Cardio
-Otago Balance Improvement (evidence-backed)
-Seated Lower Body & Cardio
-Introductory Chair Fitness


Information provided by a member:

Did you know that flexibility exercises are one of the four main types of exercise? Flexibility exercises stretch your muscles and help your body stay limber. Being flexible gives you more freedom of movement for other exercises and for your everyday activities, including driving and getting dressed. You can do them just about anywhere. Flexibility exercises include:

Shoulder and upper arm stretch
Calf stretch
Yoga
Learn how to do these and other flexibility exercises, from Go4Life. Try one today!

March 20th


Information provided by Coursera:

A message to our learning community

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is the most serious global health security threat in decades. Our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the outbreak, and we are deeply grateful to the thousands of healthcare workers who are on the front lines helping their communities.
Many countries are imposing much-needed restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. But these restrictions are also causing unprecedented disruption for students. Already, 400 million students are impacted, and colleges and universities are working hard to find solutions.
I am writing to update you on how we, along with our community of university and industry partners, are responding to this global crisis.
If you’re looking for fact-based information about COVID-19 and how it spreads, I highly recommend taking Science Matters: Let’s Talk About COVID-19, a free course by Imperial College of London, one of the top public health research universities in the world.
If you have questions regarding the outbreak, you can find additional resources from world-renowned public health experts in Coursera’s partner community.
With the full support of our partner community, we’re working to assist universities and colleges around the world impacted by the coronavirus outbreak with free, institutional access to our course catalogue.
To protect our team and help with containment, our employees around the world are working remotely. We remain as passionate as ever in supporting your learning goals and finding ways to connect you to courses and information that may be helpful to you during this time. All of our digital channels, including our Learner Help Center, are available to you if you need assistance.
I would also like to share various resources our team has put together to help you navigate this crisis:
If you or someone you know is learning online for the first time: You can share these 8 tips from our Teaching & Learning team.
If you’re looking for ways to keep learning with your kids: Talk with parents around the world and share your favorite resources.
If you’re looking for advice about moving in-person learning online: You can reference these best practices from our Teaching & Learning team.
If, like Coursera, you and your team are shifting to remote work: You can join others in our community to discuss strategies and share advice.
We will continue to share more resources and updates on our blog and social channels over the coming days and weeks.
As we grapple with the enormous scale and human impact of this pandemic, our global community continues to support and learn from each other. I invite you to share your questions, ideas, and comments with the community and hope that Coursera can serve you and those you love during these difficult times.
Coursera is here together with you.

Sincerely,
Jeff Maggioncalda
CEO, Coursera

March 18th


Information provided by Albertsons Companies:

Helping Our Senior Citizens and Vulnerable Neighbors
As the situation around Coronavirus continues to unfold, Albertsons Companies’ 2,200+ stores nationwide are setting aside dedicated shopping hours for senior citizens and other at-risk populations, such as pregnant women or those with compromised immune systems, who have been advised to avoid leaving home as much as possible.
 
March 18th


Information provided by a member:

Request your Mail-in and Absentee Ballot for the upcoming primary here.  Ballot Applications  must be received by your county election office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
 
March 18th


Information provided by Philadelphia Chamber Music Society:

Since all of our March events have been canceled/postponed, we're curating a selection of videos and live-streaming opportunities to help connect you with the music we all love and the performances we are missing. As heartbreaking as it was last week to make the decision to forgo getting together with our PCMS family for the remainder of March, we hope that connecting with great music virtually can provide a temporary balm for us all.
View our YouTube Playlist

March 18th


Information provided by Opera Philadelphia:

Take a break today and enjoy Opera on the Couch, a playlist of five video clips from recent Opera Philadelphia productions. We’ll keep building this playlist while exploring additional opportunities to connect with you digitally.

March 18th




Information Provided by a member:

19 immersive museum exhibits you can visit from your couch  (PBS NewsHour)

March 17th


Information provided by The Museum of the American Revolution:

Explore the Museum from Anywhere
Our Free Digital Resources Bring the Museum to You
Stuck at home? You can explore the Museum and its content from anywhere with free digital resources for all ages, including a Virtual Museum Tour, a Virtual Field Trip, a rich archive of Read the Revolution book excerpts, and more. And be sure to follow the Museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for daily digital content that can be enjoyed from home.

March 17th


Information provided by Transit Forward Philadelphia:

COVID-19

We at Transit Forward Philadelphia want to first take this moment to check in with you regarding COVID-19. As a transit advocacy coalition, we care about the health and safety of riders and want to encourage everyone to take protective measures, especially when it comes to riding transit and SEPTA. Not everyone has the privilege or opportunity to forgo transit service so please be careful and respectful of others when riding. SEPTA will be reducing Regional Rail Service and city transit service by 25% effective Tuesday, March 17th for two weeks in order to prevent outbreak of the virus.

This might be a good time for riders who are able bodied and need to travel shorter distances to possibly consider alternative forms of transportation, such as walking and biking, to prevent overcrowding on public transportation. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has resources on biking in the city and the Indego bike share network is still operational and a helpful form of transportation.

Transit Forward Philadelphia would also like to thank all of the SEPTA operators, cashiers, and janitorial staff who are working hard to serve riders during these critical times. As always, please remember to be kind, respectful, and considerate of SEPTA staff and remember the rule of social distancing when needing to engage. We support and appreciate all of the operators, cashiers, and janitorial staff in their continued dedication to serving and connecting residents to life-line services.

March 17th



information provided by a member:

Here are 450 Ivy League courses you can take on-line right now for free

March 17th


Information provided by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging:


PCA remains in operation during COVID-19 pandemic

PCA remains committed to providing its continuity of services during the global COVID-19 pandemic. We are taking steps to ensure that essential programs can be delivered in a way that is safe for both our employees and those who depend on our services.

While actively monitoring guidance from state and local officials on keeping our programs and services operational, we are also dedicated to protecting consumers and staff by daily communications via pcaCare.org, as well as following and maintaining thorough hygiene protocol in all PCA facilities. The following is a brief overview of our current operations:

- The PCA Helpline is open at 215-765-9040, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for information about programs and services, and 24/7 to report elder abuse.
- Home-delivered meals will continue to the thousands of older Philadelphians who are currently eligible.
- Most senior centers are closed in Philadelphia, impacting congregate meals. PCA is providing those centers with grab-and-go lunch options. Current participants can contact their center for information on how to arrange a lunch pickup.
- For those seeking or benefiting from our in-home support programs, functions such as support to caregivers, consumer assessments, and service coordination are continuing to take place. Due to COVID-19 stipulations, we urge consumers to contact us by phone. In-person interviews will be limited.
- PCA has cancelled all of its special events and volunteer activities through April. Please check our website for rescheduled dates and times as they are set.

COVID-19 recommendations for long-term care facilities
The Pennsylvania Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) continues to work closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and the managed care organizations to ensure preparedness for OLTL participants in response to an outbreak of COVID-19. In a continued effort to support DOH in the dissemination of information related to COVID-19, fact sheets have been created with Long-Term Care Facility Visitation Guidance  and COVID-19 Information for At-Risk Individuals.

In the News:
Money can buy some protection from coronavirus. But the poor can’t afford it, leaving them more vulnerable (Philadelphia Inquirer)
U. S. Seniors are Least Worried and Least Informed About COVID-19 but Most at Risk (Forbes)
Coronavirus means fear and isolation for many Asian American seniors (Los Angeles Times)
Geriatrician offers tips for seniors to stay connected during coronavirus outbreak (SF Gate)
Common Sense Ways to Protect Aging Parents from Coronavirus and Still Keep Them Engaged (Forbes)
Be on the lookout for COVID-19’s hidden cost to older people (MarketWatch)

March 17th