One of the most important aspects of the COVID-19 crisis is making sure everyone has access to safe, nutritious food. Whether you’re ordering takeout or delivery, going to a grocery store or farmers market, or visiting a food bank or pantry, I want to make sure no one is going hungry. And if you’re able to afford to purchase meals to go, I want to make sure that we help promote our local restaurants and small businesses struggling to pay their workers.
If you’re over 60, or have underlying health conditions, please stay home and take advantage of the many volunteers who will help you, or order through delivery services if you can. Regardless, of how old you are, you should be practicing social distancing when visiting food pantries, farmers’ markets, and grocery stores.
To be clear: Although those most at-risk of ding from COVID-19 are seniors or people with underlying health conditions, at least half of the cases being treated in our hospitals are patients between the ages of 10 and 60. The virus doesn’t discriminate who it infects, and anyone can be a vector – seriously, do your social distancing!
Finally, we urge you to stay connected and check on each other frequently by phone, email, or social media, and share this list of resources with neighbors, friends and loved ones without internet access. My office iw working 24/7 to navigate emergency response, connect you to resources, triage emerging problems and make sure our most vulnerable are taken care of. Please keep reaching out – we are here to you.
Working for you from the Emergency Operation Center (EOC),