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Local action- BUSINESSES-
Please send pertinent info about your business hours and "new" style of 
operation, if any!

Please send me your information and I'll create a "block" for each business describing how and what they're doing business-wise in reaction to the corona virus issues we are faced with at this time.

Once I've created the newsletter I'll send it out to our 1500+ subscribers and ask them all to share it with their contacts. We'll also push it out through various social media sites. 
We are working with the Town and the Downtown Brandon Alliance to do what we can to support the residents and businesses in the Brandon/Forest Dale area. 

Basic info- 
-are you open or not
-your hours
-what are you doing/offering in response to the emergency (delivery, pick up etc)
-types of contact info you want used (landline, cell, FB, instagram, etc)

Would you benefit from volunteers delivering product for you?

Send this material to me and I'd like to get it out for this weekend. 

(The following note from one of our "Individual" Chamber members included lots of thoughtful ideas and suggestions and shows the value that all of us working together and brainstorming a problem brings about solutions and hope.) 

"So, Bern, what do you think about a section of your chamber email update having a dining section, with a breakdown of restaurants and delis in and around Brandon/Forest Dale that are offering food and meals to go? Maybe with a general idea of what is available, days and hours available, how to order (eg phone number/text/email), and how to pick up (eg come in or deliver to curb)? 
For example, food locations may have certain "meals to go" that people can order and pick up. Sandwich shops may encourage call-in orders for subs/pizzas so people aren't hanging around. (Maybe liquor orders could be called in so that they are also ready to go.)

Possibly another section can deal with other non-food businesses with a breakout of how they will be operating too (eg by appointment, limited entry, certain hours, on-line only, etc.) What has changed and what remains the same? Do they have special hours for seniors, etc.?

If this thing is going to potentially last months, businesses will need to adapt but communicate how things may be different, or the same. It may help reduce fears of customers. We, for example, want to support Red Clover and Mari's Mexican food night, but we also know how small the place is, which might cause close human interaction. How can something like that be mitigated and then how can the public be best informed?

We think a lot of people want to support the local businesses, but don't know how and want to be "safe". (Encouraging gift card purchases could help too.)

(Once again this highlights why Brandon is such a great little village. As through the construction of the past few years, our friends and neighbors care about us and each other. 
Many thanks for this thoughtful note.)

And just to leave on a little more positive note!

(Received this email from a friend at a university, thought we all could use a little light.)

How about some good news?
-China has closed down its last coronavirus hospital. Not enough new cases to support them.
- Doctors in India have been successful in treating Coronavirus. Combination of drugs used: Lopinavir, Retonovir, Oseltamivir along with Chlorphenamine. They are going to suggest same medicine, globally.
- Researchers of the Erasmus Medical Center claim to have found an antibody against coronavirus.
- A 103-year-old Chinese grandmother has made a full recovery from COVID-19 after being treated for 6 days in Wuhan, China.
- Apple reopens all 42 china stores,
- Cleveland Clinic developed a COVID-19 test that gives results in hours, not days.
- Good news from South Korea, where the number of new cases is declining.
- Italy is hit hard, experts say, only because they have the oldest population in Europe.
- Scientists in Israel likely to announce the development of a coronavirus vaccine.
- 3 Maryland coronavirus patients fully recovered; able to return to everyday life.
- A network of Canadian scientists are making excellent progress in Covid-19 research.
- A San Diego biotech company is developing a Covid-19 vaccine in collaboration with Duke University and National University of Singapore.
- Tulsa County's first positive COVID-19 case has recovered. This individual has had two negative tests, which is the indicator of recovery.
- All 7 patients who were getting treated for at Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi have recovered.
- Plasma from newly recovered patients from Covid -19 can treat others infected by Covid-19.
So it's not all bad news. Let's care for each other and stay focused on safety of those most vulnerable."