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Achiezer COVID-19 Update Thursday 3/19 4PM
March 19, 2020
Dear Community,

Each day brings different topics to update as we continue through this crisis.

As discussed all week, there are dozens more confirmed positive cases within the community, including adults and children. There has been commentary that perhaps since "so many people have Coronavirus" it's "out, and, no big deal". We have conferred with several physicians and this notion is far from the truth and actually quite dangerous. Furthermore, there are now several people from our community who are hospitalized and in serious condition.

This information is not being provided as a means to panic anyone. We are sharing this as a reminder that those who have been infected or exposed can still easily transmit the disease while still being entirely asymptomatic. Therefore, those required to be in quarantine should do so. Due to the many positives throughout the community, we have received many inquiries regarding the procedure. Please refer to our homepage for updated quarantine guidelines.

As a reminder to the elderly (60 and above) and immunocompromised, it is more imperative than ever that you do everything in your power to stay at home. Furthermore, this means avoiding any visitors, including family members who feel fine but may be carrying Covid 19.

We have had extensive conversations with Gourmet Glatt and other neighborhood supermarkets, who are inundated. At this point in time we are encouraging each shul to assign a "shul captain" to assist those in their shul that require shopping assistance (whether due to quarantine or other restrictions). Some shuls have already implemented this procedure. Any shul that needs assistance in setting this up, please email arosenberg@achiezer.org. If you don't have a shul affiliation, please contact us directly at arosenberg@achiezer.org or call (516) 791-4444 ext. 125.

We understand that there are elderly or quarantined individuals who need life saving essentials and medicine deliveries as well. We have assembled a group of volunteers who are prepared to make such deliveries in a safe fashion. If you require this service, please email arosenberg@achiezer.org or call (516) 791-4444 ext. 125.

There are so many in the community who are quarantined and unable to see their own families. Many of us have neighbors in this predicament but are understandably too overwhelmed with our own situations to attempt assisting others. Achiezer has a dedicated team that will check in on the elderly, ensuring that they have what they need, and in some situations, allow them to hear a friendly community voice on the other end of the line. If you know anyone who can benefit from a call like this, please contact us at (516) 791-4444 ext. 108 or email blowinger@achiezer.org.

As we mentioned yesterday, a community-wide committee was spearheaded to assist those who have been affected by the current crisis, specifically related to the difficulties with making Pesach. An application protocol is being compiled by the Trustees and we hope to have the same available to the shul representatives by next week. To reiterate, this fund has not yet been initiated, but if you would like more information, please email awartelsky@achiezer.org.

For those who require financial counseling or advice in light of the current economic situation, please email szrihen@achiezer.org and a pro-bono phone consultation will be arranged. We are preparing a webinar for next week which help will answer the questions that so many of us have in this area.

Due to the prohibitive cost of health insurance, many in the community are currently without health insurance. To alleviate this growing concern, NYC has re-opened the Marketplace. Please visit www.NYSTATEofHEALTH.ny.gov to find out if you are eligible.

Tune in now to www.achiezer.org/kids for children's entertainment with R' Ellie Katz!

With wishes for continued health and peace of mind during this trying time,

Team Achiezer

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