|Re: coronavirus in cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2020 16:03:13 -0700 (PDT)|
(I don't think anyone from Takoma Village has posted. If so just skip this.) We have a team that organizes this including a Dr of food hygiene (or a related field I have forgotten), a PhD in theoretical chemistry, and a graduate of West Point. I don’t know the specialities of the other members. All gatherings including meals and meetings, large or small, have been cancelled. We are all learning Zoom. The Zoom membership meeting has more attendees than any we can remember — I think the final number was 37. In households with 2 adults, they shared a connection. We had one person facilitating, one person doing tech support, and a third person watching the chat and conveying questions and requests to the facilitator. All microphones muted. We used the “hand raised” feature for those who wanted to speak. The guest rooms are closed. The kids room has been stripped of all hard to clean toys. Caregivers have to disinfect when leaving. CH surfaces that are likely to have been touched were heavily wiped down with soap or sanitizer last week and then are wiped again every day. People coming and going are asked to wipe down surfaces they touch including door knobs. Use of the small laundry room is being coordinated to stagger use. There are often traffic jams and it would be impossible to keep a 6 ft distance from anything. Social distancing all around. People are self-quarantining on the most part — some completely if they think they have any exposure or are in a vulnerable population. We have a wonderful guy, Herb, who is making regular runs to the coop. When others are going shopping they put out a message and people can contact them with their list. So far I think every request has been filled. Herb and Mark are very fast on offering aid of any kind. Community sing last Friday — musicians in the piazza and people on the 2 stories of walkways above. Planned as a regular event. A side note: My unit looks out on a two lane street that is very busy and bumper to bumper during rush hours. There are far fewer cars now but the cars are social distancing!!!. Usually they are inching up on each other to be ready to get through the light as soon as it changes. Now they are keep at least 1/2 a car length between them and most, 1 car length. Even buses and trucks. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org
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