To the AACF and KAMITH Community,

We wanted to update you on our efforts to safeguard our classes and events as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the US and internationally.

At this time, we plan to continue our current schedule of classes, Workshop’s and orientations. However we are actively following the recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois and Chicago Departments of Health and will provide updates as information becomes available.

According to CDC guidelines, here’s what you should do to help keep yourself and others safe:

  • 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 readily available. Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your face—eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay at home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • At this time, the Illinois Department of Public Health, is urging older adults and those with underlying conditions to avoid large gatherings and limit activities in the community. 
  • If you have a fever or a cough or other cold symptoms, please stay home. DO NOT SHOW UP IF YOU ARE ILL.
  • If you have been exposed to someone who is infected with COVID-19, call your healthcare provider or the public health department. People who have been exposed should be on home-quarantine for 14 days.

Older adults and people with serious chronic health conditions (including heart disease, lung disease and diabetes) and those whose immune systems are suppressed are at a higher risk for getting very sick if they become infected, so please consider your own personal risk before attending an event.

We will continue to monitor tile situation and will be sure to update everyone through our newsletter and social media if any changes occur in recommendations from the Department of Public Health. Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Evelyn Mensah

Executive Director

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