Mar 5, 2020
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To date, there have been no reports of coronavirus in Alaska. However, we are aware of the growing number of incidents in other parts of the country, including deaths in California and Washington state. So this is a good time for nonprofit leaders to learn what they can do to protect the people they serve, their staff, and the community at large. It’s time to move into action now and plan ahead.
Fortunately, disease control experts have been busy posting information to help us with planning and prevention. No doubt you have looked at a number of websites that offer excellent guidance. We’ve gathered some we believe are especially helpful and list them below.
- From the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, a webpage with general and Alaska specific information, including a video report that is regularly updated from Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer.
- From the Municipality of Anchorage, a webpage with helpful tips and information that’s been translated into Hmong, Mandarin, Korean, Spanish, and Tagalog.
- From the University of Alaska, a webpage with information related to faculty and students. Here you will find the latest UAA campus update from President Jim Johnsen.
- From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a webpage with up-to-date information on the status of the disease around the country, strategies for specific audiences like communities, schools, and businesses, and prevention measures.
- Also from the CDC, interim guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to the outbreak. And from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a sheet with tips for employees and one with guidance for employers.
- From the World Health Organization, an interactive platform offering courses to improve the response to health emergencies and a document with recommendations for managing large gatherings.
- From the blog Event Manager, Coronavirus: What You Need to Know About Cancelling an Event and Liability Risks
If you know about other sources of good information, please forward to us.
Finally, we’re seeing this advice everywhere, but it doesn’t hurt to remind ourselves, our staff, and our families of these important steps:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water,
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze,
- Stay home when you’re sick, and
- Call your doctor if you think you’re ill.