COVID19 Resources

 

Coronavirus information from the CDC - The latest information about how to protect yourself and what to do if you're sick.


Sadly, scammers are taking advantage of the current crisis and continuing to prey on people.  The IRS has information about how to protect yourself and what to look out for.

IRS scam warning

In order to avoid falling victim to fraudulent individuals either impersonating or claiming to represent the IRS, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration offers the following tips to taxpayers:

• The IRS will generally first contact people by mail, not by phone, about tax-related matters.
• If the IRS does contact you by telephone, they will not insist on any pre-payment using an iTunes card, gift card, prepaid debit card, money order, or wire transfer, in order to receive economic impact payments.
• The IRS will also never request personal or financial information by e-mail, text, letter, or any social media

Other scams:

There is an increase in the number of scam/fraudulent e-mails and text messages.  Many of these new texts/e-mails have messages regarding COVID-19 or say they are from the CDC, SBA or other organizations.
 
In the case of e-mails:
• Many times they’re asking you to fill out or open an attachment.  DO NOT OPEN THESE ATTACHMENTS.  Many times, the attachment is not even a PDF – sometimes they are coming as a jpeg file or something like that.
• Another indication is the e-mail address that the e-mail came from.  If you look at the e-mail address after the @ sign, a lot of times, they are immediately recognizable as a fraudulent type of e-mail.
 
In the case of texts:
• There are many texts that are coming out that tell you to respond with “STOP” to stop receiving the texts.  This is a trap.  If you don’t recognize the text sender – just delete the text – do not reply “STOP”.  This is how they hack into your phone.
 
As always, but especially now, be very careful opening e-mails and text messages. 
 

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Official state resources

Each state below offers various data and resources including state-wide guidance from Departments of Health, resources for residents and businesses, updated statistics and unemployment information.

Pennsylvania  Ohio  New York  West Virginia  Indiana 

Vehicle manufacturer resources

Zoresco has a large on-ground inventory of chassis available for upfit, in addition to what is already on order.

Ford Status - Production began the week of May 18.

Ford Credit assistance - Delay first payment for 90 days.  In addition all 2021 MY E-Series and Medium Duty vehicles have been added to the Built to Lend A Hand Payment Deferral Program.

GM Status - Production in North America began to restart May 18 (medium-duty May 11).  Production will be extended to build all 2020 MY Fleet Orders.  

GM Financing assistance - Interest-free financing for 84 months and ability to defer payments for 120 days.

RAM Status - Drive Forward program provides online vehicle shopping and delivery of vehicles to test drive.

RAM Financing - 0% financing for 84 months and no payments for 90 days.


Vehicle maintenance resources

Vehicle cleaning and disinfecting - Zoresco Specialist Report on cleaning and disinfecting vehicles, along with an easily printable checklist for you to use.

Disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2 - Constantly updated and searchable list from the EPA about which disinfectants kill the pathogen that causes COVID-19.

Vehicle maintenance concerns - Most basic concerns such as tires, breaks and fluids can be mitigated by a short, 20-minute drive every other week.


Major suppliers resources

Zoresco has always had an extensive on-ground inventory of truck bodies and equipment.  Currently, our major suppliers continue to operate and we are receiving bodies and equipment for production.

Knapheide - Knapheide continues to manufacture and operate under the definition of being an essential business to support vital infrastructure needs and requirements across the country. 

Rugby/TBEI - Rugby continues to operate and produce truck bodies.


Working from home resources

Working from home is a big change for many people.  Here's how to get the most out of it and be more productive.

Wired's guide to working from home - Set a routine, get dressed and have a dedicated space to work in.  A quick primer on transitioning to working from home.

Setting Yourself Up for Success - LinkedIn offers this free, 16-part course on working from home.

Sitting too much can be unhealthy - Make sure you're moving, as this report from NPR explains.

Boost your home WiFi - From checking your bandwith to physically moving your router, ways to increase your home office speed.

Looking your best for video calls - Lighting, sound, seating and other quick tips to put your best face forward.

Zoom background images - Unsplash has a huge collection of free background images you can use for your Zoom calls if you need to hide your messy work from home setup.

Upgrade your home office chair - Wire Cutter has their picks for the best home office chairs.

Wireless headphones - CNET rounds up their picks for the best wireless headphones, so you can keep working without being distracted.

Video conferencing etiquette - The podcast Shmanners takes a look at modern-day ettiquette for video calls.


Educational resources

Juggling work and the education of your kids is a monumental task.  Use these resources to enrich their learning.

STEM activities from NASA - STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities for every grade level from NASA.

NaNoWriMo at Home - Creative writing resources for every grade level.

Department of Energy learning - Online learning resources and experimental learning.

Library of Congress - The Library of Congress provides presentations and activities diving into their extensive collections.

Lunch Doodles - The Kennedy Center's artist in residence produced a three week art course you can participate in.

Smithsonian Games - The Smithsonian has games and apps ready for download, all with clear learning objectives.

Hour of Code - Learn computer coding through games and activities, tailored for any age.

MIT OpenCourseWare - Teaching materials for over 2,400 courses are available free online. 

Crash Course - From PBS Media, multi-week video lessons on a variety of topics.

Khan Academy - Daily learning schedules for children ages 2-18.


Activities

We all need a break sometimes.

Ford for Kids - activity pages for kids (of all ages).

Google Arts and Culture - Visit museums, galleries and take virtual road trips through the world.

Zoo and aquarium livestreams - Nerdist has put together a list of some of the best animal livestreams from around the country.

NASA at home - eBooks, virtual tours and activities from NASA.

Live from Orchestra Hall - Free, streaming concerts from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Watch streaming video services with friends - A roundup of a few services to allow you to watch tv and movies with friends while apart.


Health resources

Keeping physically healthy doesn't have to be a challenge.

Fitness Blender - Free workouts, including over 400 you can do with no equipment.

CorePower Yoga - Free weekly yoga courses.

GoNoodle - Free exercise for kids.

The Walk - A story unfolds as your step count increases, created in partnership with the UK's National Institute of Health.

Skin care recommendations from dermatologists - How to restore your skin from all the hand washing we're doing.

Eating and snacking smartly - Use these tips to keep a healthy diet while you're home all day.

Pet health - Many vets are using telemedicine, much like human doctors.  Services such as WhiskerDocs and PetZam can help your pet get the care they need.


Wellness resources

Taking care of your mental health is crucially important right now.

MentalHealth.gov - Immediate help and resources including specialty resources for young people and veterans.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - Help specifically for those dealing with substance abuse.

Meditation and mindfulness from Headspace - Learn wellness skills to use now and in the future with these free resources.

Free, online, confidential, small-group therapy from Hims and Hers to help deal with current challenges.

7cups - Talk with therapists and volunteer listeners for free emotional support, or use their self-guided program.

Small home office upgrades - Four small changes you make to your work from home office to feel better and be more productive.