President Jackie Correa-Alley
Greetings! My name is Jackie Correa-Alley, MADC President. MADC Vice President, Emily Smith-Lundberg and I want to make a quick vlog with updates with MADC, COVID-19, and Governor Tim Walz’s order that was made yesterday.
We are committed to providing a safe environment for the people we serve, the Deaf community, & our board. We want to do a quick vlog to acknowledge that this is a difficult, scary, stressful time, but we will get through it together just like how our community always has. There is nothing like the Deaf community here in Minnesota. We’re in this together! Let us explain some important details ahead.
We, MADC, want you to know that we are here for you and the community. We want to make sure that our community feels safe, has access to information to make sure you stay safe.
We, MADC, will not have any in-person meetings or events for the time being. Our next business meeting will be on May 16, 2020, time TBA and will share our Zoom meeting information, where you can view the meeting.
We have a spreadsheet that was created by the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing community all across the US, full of resources during a time like this. Please have a look at it. Make sure to check in with everybody, by calling, texting, emailing, or on social media. It is important that we take care of each other during this time.
- Link to this spreadsheet: COVID-19 resources.
Please feel free to contact us through email. Our officers’ email addresses will be added at the end of this video.
Stay safe and healthy! We will continue to do this, keeping our members and community updated of developments during this time with COVID-19 and other MADC business.
Now, Emily will be sharing some points about Governor Walz’s order that was made yesterday. Thank you for all of your support!
Vice-President Emily Smith-Lundberg
Hi! I will be sharing some key points from Governor Walz’s announcement of the stay at home order.
First, we are thrilled that Governor Tim Walz has had CDIs at every announcement regarding this virus. Thank you to everybody who was involved in the work to make this successful and possible.
Governor Walz has gone into isolation at his residence starting on Monday because one of his bodyguards tested positive for COVID19. As of now, he has not been tested positive for COVID19, just as a precaution.
Because of his isolation, he announced his mandatory “stay-at-home” order away from others, so there was not a CDI present nor were there appropriate captions. Here are some key points from his announcement.
- Yesterday, Governor Walz ordered a “stay-at-home” order in Minnesota from Friday, March 27 from 11:59 PM to Friday, April 10. People are asked to stay home and only leave their homes unless it is absolutely necessary. To be able to control this spread of COVID-19, please stay home.
- Minnesotans will be able to go and get groceries, gas, emergency medical supplies, caring for family members, friends, pets, and going to appointments that are important. Minnesotans who are currently out of state and need to travel back home will be allowed to.
- Minnesotans will be able to go outside, yet keep social distance which is 6 feet apart from another person. Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has a great website with all the information needed to know about COVID-19 here in the state.
- Anyone found to violate this order could get a misdemeanor citation, a $1,000 fine and/or 90 days in jail.
- He also has extended schools to remain closed until May 4th, subject to extension. Dine-in restaurants and bars will remain closed until May 1st, also subject to extension.
- Again, To reduce the spread of COVID19, we need to stay home, stay away from others as much as we can, and stay at least 6 feet away from others. Stay healthy and safe!
Below are our officers' names and e-mail addresses.
Jackie Correa-Alley, President Jackie.CorreaAlley@minndeaf.org
Emily Smith-Lundberg, Vice-President Emily.SmithLundberg@minndeaf.org
Jason Valentine, Secretary Jason.Valentine@minndeaf.org
Karen Pugh, Treasurer Karen.Pugh@minndeaf.org
ASL talent - James Paul Beldon III, Keystone Interpreting Solutions
Video Transcript -
Hello. This is a message from the Minnesota Department of Health.
Lately we’re hearing a lot about an outbreak associated with novel coronavirus. This outbreak started in China, and now has spread to other countries including the United States. The novel coronavirus causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person. Symptoms of infection include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. While most people recover, it has led to serious illnesses and death in some cases.
Minnesota’s public health community is working hard to protect you, and we’re asking for your help by following the same precautions we all use to prevent colds and flu:
Wash your hands often and well with soap and water.
Cover your cough every time.
Stay home when you are sick.
Also, if you’ve recently traveled where novel coronavirus is spreading and have symptoms, be sure to call your doctor or health care provider to let them know of your symptoms and your travel history. They will work with you to assess your condition and take appropriate steps to get any needed treatment while limiting the risk of passing along an infection to others.
We are learning more about this outbreak and will share key information as it continues. You can stay up to date by visiting the Minnesota Department of Health’s website at health.state.mn.us.