Coronavirus (COVID-19)  

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COVID-19 RESOURCES AND SUPPORTS

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Scientists just beginning to understand the many health problems caused by COVID-19

CHICAGO, June 26 (Reuters) - Scientists are only starting to grasp the vast array of health problems caused by the novel coronavirus, some of which may have lingering effects on patients and health systems for years to come, according to doctors and infectious disease experts.

Ypsilanti city residents encouraged to apply for COVID-19 care packages while supplies last

Ypsilanti residents are getting a little extra help dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic through a COVID assistance care package program sponsored by the city. Residents may apply online to receive a care package while supplies last.

YCS Volunteer Letter and Free Program Flyer

Ypsilanti Community Schools is committed to serving our students and families during our mandated closure. We are grateful that we will have the opportunity to serve breakfast and lunch to all students. The weekly meals will be distributed as a package of 7 meals per distribution, providing our students with 7 full days of breakfasts and lunches each week during our closure at no charge.

Link to Volunteer Lette Link to Food Program Flyer
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RESOURCES UPDATE FROM WISD
 

Link to WIDS CONVID-19 Information

Información en español disponible aquí.

Why is a closure like this necessary?

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Looking to help?

  • Donate to the United Way of Washtenaw County by clicking here to ensure vulnerable people have access to resources in the weeks and months to come.
  • Learning about volunteer opportunities in Washtenaw County in this United Way Volunteer Portal.

  • Donate to Food Gatherers:

    • Funds: Food Gatherers will continuously assess the emergency food needs in our community. In this unprecedented situation, financial donations provide Food Gatherers the most flexibility to best respond to these emerging needs. Donate now: www.foodgatherers.org/donate or 734-761-2796.

    • Donate Food: We are accepting food donations during our regularly scheduled hours. For more information visit www.foodgatherers.org/givefood

    • Donate Lunches with Love: These pre-packed meal bags are a great way to provide ready-to-eat food to our community. Learn more: www.foodgatherers.org/lunches

    • Volunteer: Food Gatherers relies on volunteers to support our operations. For the safety of staff and volunteers, we are implementing additional food safety and sanitary measures in our warehouse and Community Kitchen. Learn more: www.foodgatherers.org/volunteer.

Basic Need Assistance

Request assistance with basic needs by visiting United Way's 2-1-1 website to chat, email, or search their database, or call them on you phone by simply dialing "2-1-1."

Crowd-Sourced Resources and Supports

  • A list of local Washtenaw County resources shared by community members is available here.
  • Huron Valley Mutual Aid Form to both request and offer resources is available here.
  • Navigating COVID-19: A Social Emotional Guide for Families is available here.
  • Tips for keeping your home clean and safe is available here.

Please continue checking this page as new updates become available.

 

 

News from the State Emergency Operations Center

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MDHHS announces statewide hotline to address COVID-19 health questions

LANSING, MICH. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced today the launch of a statewide hotline to respond to health-related questions about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) starting tomorrow, March 14, at 9 a.m.

“As we continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our state, we want to ensure Michiganders have the information they need to stay healthy, address concerns and know where to go for the care they need if they experience symptoms,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health.

Public health and other experts will answer health-related questions about COVID-19. The team can also direct residents, providers and more to the right resources in their local communities and in other state government departments.

The hotline will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136.

Staff cannot provide individual clinical advice or a diagnosis through the hotline. If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are symptomatic, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.   

Patients with confirmed infection have reported mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pneumonia

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others. 
  • Replace handshakes with elbow bumps.
  • Stay at least six feet away from others when in a public setting.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

Contact: Lynn Sutfin, sutfinl1@michigan.gov, 517-241-2112

Ypsilanti Community Schools Early Dismissal and Closing

Dear Ypsilanti Community Schools Families,

school closingYpsilanti Community Schools has made the strategic decision to close the district under the advisement of the Washtenaw County Health Department and the superintendent starting with a half-day release tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020.  The district will remain closed tentatively and all district events are canceled/postponed, including the previously scheduled F.A.C.E. conference until Monday, April 6, 2020, which is in alignment with other Washtenaw County School districts.

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Washtenaw County Health Department Provides Additional Details on Positive Cases

Both Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 remain under Isolation

YPSILANTI, Mich., March 13, 2020 – Last night, Washtenaw County Health Department and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported Washtenaw County’s first two presumptive positive cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Both diagnosed individuals remain isolated in their homes and have been working closely with the Health Department to identify close contacts and other lower-risk contacts so they can be notified, quarantined, and alert to the possibility of symptoms. Washtenaw County is providing additional, public information to inform the community about possible, lower-risk exposures.

“We continue to closely monitor all individuals with direct, personal contact with the identified cases, such as household contacts” says Juan Luis Marquez, MD, MPH, Washtenaw County Medical Director. “In addition, we want our community to be fully aware of any possible, but lower-risk community exposures.”

As a precaution, Washtenaw County Health Department is asking anyone in the following locations at the specific day and time listed to watch themselves for symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If symptoms appear, contact your health care provider or the Health Department. There are no ongoing exposure concerns at these locations.

Monday, March 9

  • Detroit Metro Airport, 9000 Middlebelt Road, Romulus, North Terminal in the afternoon, approximately 12:00 to 1 pm
  • The Hair Spot, 1512 North Maple Road, Ann Arbor from 5:15 to 5:45 pm
  • The Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 North Washington, Ann Arbor from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

In addition, Oakland County Health Division announced a low-risk, possible exposure on Saturday, March 7 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Tap Room, 201 West Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti.

Health experts are still learning about how this new coronavirus spreads. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact (within about six feet) of an ill person, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Again, the named locations and times are likely lower-risk exposures.

“Please remember this is a time for us to support each other and work together to reduce any possible spread of illness in our community,” said Jimena Loveluck, Health Officer with Washtenaw County Health Department. “We understand this is a difficult time. We are working tirelessly to do all we can to protect health, and we ask for everyone’s continued cooperation and support.”

Please refer to official sources of reliable information about COVID-19.

We continue to recommend prevention strategies to reduce the spread of germs and protect everyone’s health.

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is available in EnglishChinese, and Spanish.

  • Clean your hands often. Scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if you cannot wash.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Call ahead before going to your healthcare provider. Learn what to do if you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Immediately wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. View additional prevention steps from CDC for people at higher risk. Consult with your health care provider for more steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

Last night, Governor Whitmer ordered all K-12 schools close starting Monday, March 16: “This is a necessary step to protect our kids, our families, and our overall public health,” Whitmer said. “I am working with partners across state government to ensure educators, parents, and students have the support they need during this time, and to ensure our children who rely on school for meals have access to food. I know this will be a tough time, but we’re doing this to keep the most people we can safe. I urge everyone to make smart choices during this time and to do everything they can to protect themselves and their families.” 

REMEMBER: Discrimination harms public health. People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get coronavirus than anyone else.

Washtenaw County Health Department
The Washtenaw County Health Department promotes health and works to prevent disease and injury in our community. Our mission is to assure, in partnership with the community, the conditions necessary for people to live healthy lives through prevention and protection programs.

The Washtenaw County Health Department has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board and maintains state accreditation though the Michigan

Department of Health and Human Services. Visit us at washtenaw.org/health or call 734-544-6700.

Washtenaw County Health Department Reports First COVID-19 Cases

Two Individuals with Travel Exposure Test Positive at State Lab

YPSILANTI, Mich., March 12, 2020 – Washtenaw County Health Department is reporting Washtenaw County’s first two presumptive positive cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Both individuals, one adult female and one adult male, were likely exposed through international and domestic travel respectively. One traveled through Europe and the other to New York.

Washtenaw County Health Department has been working closely with the individuals to identify and contact anyone potentially exposed. Additional information and guidance will be announced as soon as possible at www.washtenaw.org/COVID19 and @wcpublichealth on social media.

The Health Department and all local officials are relying on our community to work together to slow the potential spread of illness and refer to official sources of reliable information.

We continue to recommend prevention strategies to reduce the spread of germs and protect everyone’s health.

Prevention
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is available in 
EnglishChinese, and Spanish.

 

  • Clean your hands often. Scrubwith soap for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if you cannot wash.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Call ahead before going to your healthcare provider. Learn what to do if you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Immediately wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. View additional prevention steps from CDC for people at higher risk. Consult with your health care provider for more steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

Governor Whitmer announced community mitigation recommendations for individuals, facilities, schools, workplaces, community organizations, and other mass events on March 11. The Washtenaw County Health Department fully supports the Governor’s recommendations and encourages local individuals and entities to implement them or take additional steps, as is feasible. 

REMEMBER: Discrimination harms public health. People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get coronavirus than anyone else.

Washtenaw County Health Department
The Washtenaw County Health Department promotes health and works to prevent disease and injury in our community. Our mission is to assure, in partnership with the community, the conditions necessary for people to live healthy lives through prevention and protection programs. 

The Washtenaw County Health Department has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board and maintains state accreditation though the Michigan

Department of Health and Human Services.Visit us at washtenaw.org/health or call 734-544-6700.

 

Letter From Superintendent Zachery Ross
COVID-19 Information

cvletterWith the increased number of cases in the U.S. due to COVID-19, Ypsilanti Community Schools (YCS) is providing continued communication on the status of our school community. As always, the health and safety of our staff, students, and families remain our top priority. Click on the link below to read the complete letter.

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Letter From Dr. Lopez
COVID-19 Information


cv2There is a significant amount of information circulating regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the media, and on social media, and it can be confusing. At this time, there are no confirmed or suspected cases in Washtenaw County or Michigan, and the risk for COVID-19 remains low for Washtenaw County. Ypsilanti Community Schools follows the guidance and expertise of national, state and local health officials to help protect our students and staff from all communicable diseases.

Link to COVID-19 letter

 

 



 


We have attached a fact sheet from the Washtenaw County Health Department with additional information as well as a copy of our District’s  Pandemic Plan. If you would like to learn more about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

Washtenaw County - COVID-19 What You Need to Know

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Link to Washtenaw County - COVID-19 What You Need to Know

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act)

Employee Rights

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Engage @ EMU Resource List

Resource List for Washtenaw/Wayne County
Thank you Engage at EMU

 

YCS 2020-21 Calendar

Our upcoming School Year District Calendar

PDF DocumentYCS 2020-21 Traditional Calendar

Meet Washtenaw County’s 2020 Young Citizens of the Year

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Five Washtenaw County high school students with extensive and passionate community service involvement have been named Young Citizens of the Year for 2020.

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All Michigan K-12 schools to close for 3 weeks due to coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Governor says ‘this is a necessary step'.
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan is escalating its response to the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

On Thursday night Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the closure of all Michigan K-12 schools, including public, private and boarding, in response to the confirmed cases.

The closures start Monday and will end on April 5, according to officials. Schools are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 6.

Whitmer said this decision was made in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Link to the news article