Communications re Coronavirus
As expected, the coronavirus situation keeps evolving. The Governor has issued an official advisory indicating that all persons over 65 should self-quarantine at home. In light of this, and the need for us all to do what we can to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the TENT Board of directors is adapting the way we will operate, until further notice, as indicated below. Please check the New Mexico and Holy Cross sites (links at below) for the most up to date information:
Self-Quarantine. We encourage all TENT members and volunteers to follow the Governor's order to stay at home. See this excellent article: How to Keep Your Distance Bored? You can order free library books by mail.
No Group Gatherings. We have cancelled all events. Social distancing is an important factor in preventing the spread of the virus, and it is very hard to achieve in any sort of in-person gathering.
Emergency Requests Only. Please limit any requests for services until further notice to matters that are critical — for example:
• An urgent doctor or other medical appointments after confirming with your doctor,
• Errands to obtain food or essential medicine, or
• Help to address dangerous in-home situations.
Limited In-Person Volunteering
If you have a non-emergency request or a question, you may call the office, but please understand that the number of volunteers available to respond to in-person service requests will be limited during this time because volunteers feel the need to reduce contact with others while things are so uncertain.
We know these changes will result in inconvenience, but the health and safety of our members and volunteers are important. We will be re-evaluating these actions and continually looking for ways to be of assistance to members, and to adapt how we can best use our volunteers and continue to provide services and programs to you as we go through this crisis. We will do our best to be there for you.
Three more things:
Review Your Food and Medicine supplies now. If you need someone to fetch medicine or food, please call the office so we may determine how best to assist you in making sure you have these reserves. If we cannot help, try: Senior Food Hotline: 1-800-432-2080. Smith's lets you order online (or cellphone app) and schedule a pickup time, and they have several employees filling orders. https://www.smithsfoodanddrug.com/i/ways-to-shop/pickup. If you worry about food safety, read this. Clean your groceries after they get home using this process.
Touching Base by Phone, Email, and Computer. We are working on daily check-ins to learn what members need assistance. Anyone who would like to help out with this more concerted “stay in touch” effort would be welcome to join us. Call the office (575/224-6335) to indicate if this is of interest to you.
Do Your Part. Slowing the spread of this virus is really critical and the best way to do that, especially for our age group, is to stay home and practice good hygiene: wash your hands with soap frequently during the day, use 60% alcohol hand sanitizers if soap and water not available, limit in-person interactions. If you feel ill, call the New Mexico Department of Health coronavirus hotline 1-855-600-3453. Do not go to the doctor’s office, urgent care, or an emergency room unless instructed to do so.
Here are some exercises to keep you moving.
You can keep in touch with public health updates by using any of the links below:
• For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including prevention, symptoms, and testing, please click here.
For CDC recommendations of how to prepare your household, click here.
• Find New Mexico Department of Public Health information here.
• For the latest local updates from Holy Cross Medical Center, click here.
Our thoughts are with all of you as we go through this difficult time together.
Jim Schultz, President, TENT
We have dozens of volunteers who have offered to provide transportation, social contact, minor housekeeping, and home repairs, occasional pet care or gardening, and caregiver relief.
Volunteers all have background screening and go through an orientation. We do not provide any medical services.
We started providing services in October 2018 and are always looking for new volunteers. Sign up here.
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You can become a Sustaining Member for a donation of $150/year or more. These funds will help support low-income members.
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