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April 16, 2020





Stay at Home Replaced with Stay Safe MN
Under the "Stay Safe MN" order, state leaders are advising Minnesotans to work from home if they can and to wear masks when in public places near other people. The order also continues to advise social distancing. Additionally, Minnesotans are asked to get tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms and to stay home if they are sick.
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Stairstep Foundation | 2115 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Greetings Greater Friendship!

We are so grateful and thankful for the Leadership of Pastor and Sister Russell during these challenging times.  Join us in recognizing and celebrating their 19 years of ministry in Minnesota!! 

Please offer your congrats and info is available on the flyer to be a financial blessing. Or visit give.greatfriend.org 
Category: Pastor’s Anniversary

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Other ideas:
Go shopping at a time that’s less busy - If you type in the store’s name and location in Google search, a box often will pop up showing when foot traffic there is highest.

Wear a face covering - The new advice from the CDC on face masks is voluntary. The agency says the non-medical coverings can be "basic cloth or fabric masks." The New York City Health Department, recently put out a directive to citizens to cover their faces when outside their home.
Take germicide with you. Use it to wipe your hands and the cart before and after you shop.

Use a credit or debit card - That way, you don’t have to hand over bills or receive change. Also, use your own pen to sign receipts. If you can, use a virtual payment system like Apple Pay so that you don't have to open your wallet at all.
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An Update from us on COVID-19
Updated April 17, 2020
  • Total positive: 2,071
  • o Patients who no longer need to be isolated: 1,066
  • Total approximate number of completed tests: 43,053
  • Deaths: 111
  • Total cases requiring hospitalization: 518
  • o Hospitalized as of today: 223
  • o Hospitalized in ICU as of today: 106
Numbers are cumulative since Jan. 20, 2020. 
The number of lab-confirmed positive tests among Minnesota residents will be updated daily on Situation Update for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with test results from the previous day. The page also includes numbers by county.
The total number of cases is likely an underestimate, as we know the virus is circulating in communities. It is important for everyone to follow advice on community mitigation and social distancing to help us flatten the case curve.
See Situation Update for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for Minnesota case information, including case counts, a map of counties with confirmed cases, and more.
Governor has launched a public dashboard which includes race data of cases: Minnesota COVID-19 Public Dashboard.

Sincerely,

Dr. Sylvia Amos
Stairstep Foundation
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What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus is called COVID-19.

COVID-19 (scientifically named 2019-nCoV) is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus, which was unknown to the public before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. (Source: World Health Organization).


THE SAFE 5
It is extremely important that we educate our community on the true facts about COVID-19 and how important it is to follow guidelines so that our families can be well and safe!
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Youtube Video (Words from Pastor Russel on GFMBC Youtube Channel)

Covid-19 Community Resources

Cornell Small Foods Programs is offering free course access through the end of April! The deadline to use the coupon code is tomorrow, March 27th.
https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2020/03/offering-you-free-online-course-access/

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University of Minnesota Medical School Program in Health Disparities Research (PHDR)

Note: resources contain information current at the time of posting. If you would like to add any resources, email the information to kesha@afcmn.org.

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Resouce List
The citywide Wi-Fi internet is now open and free for everyone during this national emergency... a huge thank you to USI for stepping-up to help!!! (Folks can connect via: "City of Minneapolis Public WiFi")
Also, the City has suspended water shut-offs for delinquent payments, as have Xcel Energy and CenterPoint for electricity and natural gas.
Social distancing and other preventive actions are critical to containing and preventing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Recent media reports indicate that some residents may be unaware of these recommendations or unsure how to follow them. Please help promote the following messages in your community:
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze. Cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you're sick.
  • Put distance (at least 6 feet) between yourself and other people, even when in small groups.
  • Stay informed. Visit the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites often.
  • Learn more about Sick and Safe Time. Sick and safe time is a law in Minneapolis protecting time off work.
For more info you can tune into:
KMOJ 89.9 FM (English)
  • 1:30-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 8
  • 1:30-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22
Serenity Church
4100 Douglas Drive N. Crystal, MN (763) 533-3929
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  • call for more information
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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Delta Phi Omega Chapter and The Ivy Foundation, Incorporated are dedicated to implementing programs of service that enhance the social, economic, and educational well-being of the local, national and international communities. For our Minnesotan community, we are excited to announce The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Delta Phi Omega Chapter and The Ivy Foundation, Incorporated 2020 Scholarship program.  

The 2020 Scholarship is available to all graduating high school seniors, who are either African-American or of Black African descent. In previous years scholarship recipients received between $500 -$2000 based on the criteria outlined within the application. Due to COVID-19, THE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND SUBMISSION PROCESS IS NOW ON-LINE. Please direct your students to go to https://www.akadpo.org/scholarship for further details.  

We encourage you to share this scholarship opportunity widely to eligible students that may benefit from this scholarship information. Both the scholarship award winners and their school counselor will be notified by May 22, 2020, via email. If you have questions regarding the scholarship application, please contact scholarship@akadpo.org 

Sincerely,  

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