Let’s Keep an Eye on Each Other
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:55 PM

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The Como Community Council is working to help residents keep track of each other during the physical distancing we all need to follow during this pandemic.

Seniors
First, plenty of seniors in Como are even more cut off than usual. Interested in sending a card or letter to reduce their isolation? Let us know if you, your children, your classmates, or your circle of friends are interested. Sign up – we’ll handle the logistics of connecting you with neighbors living in Como By The Lake, Lyngblomsten, Arbor Pointe, or in their longtime home. .
 

Your block or building
Here are some simple things you can do to stay connected on your block or in your apartment building.

  • Keep track of each other using a phone tree, email, text group, Morse code -- whatever makes the most sense where you live. If you don't have a list already, use the block template you can download as a PDF from the right column. Fill in the blanks.
  • Whether you’ve got a formal block club or not, line up a couple of people to help out and coordinate your efforts.
  • We’ve got a kit that will help out. It includes the block template and some green and red paper neighbors can use to indicate if they’re OK – or if they need a hand.
  • You can pick up the kit outside our office at the Como Park Streetcar Station (which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton). Grab an envelope from the bin sitting outside the east door.

You can customize the Ideas Sheet in the right column; it includes things neighbors can do to help each other out, such as:

  • Errands: grocery story, pharmacy, pet-care supplies, etc.
  • A specific item that someone needs, such as soap, thermometer, etc.
  • Child care
  • Dog walking
  • Other personal needs

It's most important to do check in with seniors and other vulnerable neighbors -- but don't single them out. Try to get everyone to take part. This can be especially useful for neighbors who are:

  • Ill
  • self-isolating after possible exposure
  • with physical health issues that would make them vulnerable if they go out in public
  • have new restrictions because they have to keep themselves or children at home

District 10 Como Community Council | 1224 Lexington Pkwy N, Saint Paul, MN 55103 | 651.644.3889 | district10 [at] district10comopark.org

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