The City of Ashland is heartened to see neighbors are already reaching out to each other to make sure everyone in Ashland has what they need during the COVID-19 outbreak.
With everyone, but especially our elderly and those with underlying health issues, needing to stay home as much as possible, the City of Ashland encourages residents in lower-risk categories (under 60, no underlying health issues, no illness symptoms) to reach out to friends and neighbors to do shopping and run necessary errands.
We ask the people of Ashland to do the following:
• Make a list of the people you want to look after with grocery and supply shopping, or just to socialize with via phone, text, or video calls.
• Reach out to them using phone or email or leave a note on their door with your contact information and an offer to help. Do not knock on doors or meet in person.
• Help by running errands, shopping, and delivering or dropping off essential supplies on their doorstep. Limit your trips by consolidating. Avoid direct contact or entering someone’s home. Always wash and sanitize your hands and any shared objects.
• Check in regularly and offer to help them get books, audio books, podcasts, or other entertainment to stay engaged.
Jackson County has offered guidance (see flyer below) on how to care for our neighbors while keeping everyone safe.
“Community is what Ashland does best. Successfully confronting the COVID-19 outbreak will take all of us either offering to help where we can or accepting help so that we can stay home and protect ourselves and our loved ones. There has never been a better time to get to know your neighbor,” said Tonya Graham, Ashland City Councilor.
Soon we will be sharing information about how people who are not already paired up in their neighborhoods can request or offer neighbor to neighbor assistance. In the meantime, we ask that Ashland residents make these connections with their neighbors and begin to check in every 1-2 days.
Stay updated and find all Coronavirus (COVID-19) information from the City by going to ashland.or.us/coronavirus