Coronavirus Update as of March 30th
According to the CDC, both Illinois and Iowa are now experiencing widespread community transmission of the coronavirus. This pandemic is not to be taken lightly. There are obviously more cases in the community that have not yet been diagnosed. Our elderly members and those with chronic health conditions need to be especially careful - and everyone else needs to help protect those individuals.
The best advice is to follow the guidance of our local and state health departments: Scott County Health Department, Rock Island County Health Department, Iowa Department of Public Health, and Illinois Department of Public Health.
According to the CDC, all gatherings should be cancelled. The Trump Administration said on March 29th that the social distancing guidelines will now be in place through April 30th; however, neither the CDC website nor WhiteHouse.gov have been updated to reflect this extension.
All PACG events have been postponed or cancelled. Our regular meetings and other small gatherings will be held online using Zoom. PACG has purchased sufficient Zoom licenses for our leaders to schedule meetings. Our Office Manager, Julie Ross, can set up Zoom meetings on behalf of other members or affiliates. Contact her via firstname.lastname@example.org, her cell (563-508-2209) or the PACG Office (563-676-7580).
People can join a Zoom meeting using a phone, tablet or computer. This service is free to the meeting participants. Zoom is a user-friendly tool and we are in the process of training our activists in its use (please be patient as we make this transition). We believe online meetings will enable us to keep up our good work through this difficult time. Just as important, for those who must self-quarantine, it will keep them connected with their fellow activists. And even after the pandemic restrictions end, we believe this will be a useful tool for holding at least some meetings in the future (think snow storms and other inclement weather).
We will use our website and calendar to give you Zoom links for meetings and online events.
Contact Alta Price, MD with questions or concerns.