Mar 14 AuSM responds to COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic AuSM values the health and well-being of our community. We actively are monitoring the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for guidelines, guidance, and updates regarding COVID-19/coronavirus. The CDC recommends that everyone, regardless of age or disability, take everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Precautions include washing your hands regularly and thoroughly and avoiding touching your face. The CDC also advises people to stay home if they feel sick and to avoid close contact with those who are sick. On Friday, March 13, 2020, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz declared a peacetime state of emergency to be ready for what will unfold regarding the COVID-19. In this decree, Gov. Walz strongly discouraged gatherings of more than 250 people, or at any gatherings that bring people close together for extended periods, as well as "social distancing" at work and in public places. No timeframe was established with the declaration. As communication from the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC is updated daily, AuSM will continue to monitor the situation. AuSM encourages sensible precautions along with extra diligence to ensure safety within our community. The health and well-being of everyone who participates with AuSM is our priority, and we will continue to provide updates as things change and our staff and leadership make decisions regarding upcoming AuSM events and activities. Coronavirus ResourceAs a resource for our community, click here for a link to a Coronavirus Social Narrative from The Autism Educator website. This may be a useful tool for those who would like some help explaining or understanding the COVID-19 pandemic that has many of us feeling confused by messages in the news and on social media.