COVID-19 Information for UNITE Region

Message
to UNITE
Constituents

UNITE hopes you and your family are staying healthy and safe during these unprecedented times. Our region is no different than other regions of the state. We are dealing with the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – precautionary restrictions to travel, closures of schools and businesses, and changes to our normal routines. These are uncharted and uncertain times.

Operation UNITE staff, while adhering to social distancing and travel recommendations issued by Governor Andy Beshear under guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), remains available to help and support our UNITE Community Coalitions and partners.

  • Individuals can still receive assistance in obtaining vouchers for treatment (1-866-908-6483) or seek guidance from our dedicated Treatment team members.
  • Our toll-free Drug Tip Line (1-866-424-4382) continues to be monitored.
  • Anyone across the Commonwealth who needs information or resources regarding a substance use disorder for themselves or family members may contact UNITE staff at the KY HELP Statewide Call Center (1-8338-KY-HELP | 1-833-859-4357).

Most UNITE Coalition meetings and activities have been canceled for the next 4-6 weeks. It is unclear whether schools will resume in-person instruction. To help you through these difficult times, we are providing links to several great resources. Our staff is available by phone, email, text or fax should you have any questions.

Nancy Hale, President & CEO

Official
KY Website

Make sure you receive the facts and latest information about COVID-19 as it impacts the Commonwealth of Kentucky by visiting the official Team Kentucky website – kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

Share
Good News

We know many of you are finding unique and creative ways to get through these difficult days. There are many acts of kindness and good deeds taking place throughout southern and eastern Kentucky.

UNITE encourages you to share your “neighbor-helping-neighbor” stories on social media. Let the state know by posting using the following hashtags: #TeamKentucky, #HealthyAtHome, #UNITEStrong, #StrongerTogether, #TogetherKY, and #Patriot.

Track COVID-19
in Appalachia

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) released two new tools documenting the spread of COVID-19 at the regional and county levels.

The first tool, the COVID-19 Cases in Appalachia map, displays the current number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Appalachia, and throughout the United States. The second tool, Explore County-level Coronavirus Impact Planning searchable database, presents a demographic data snapshot of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths in relation to hospital bed counts, population and businesses, and categories of people at risk for COVID-19 in infographic form for each one of the nation’s counties.

Free
Webinar

Operation Parent is offering a free webinar, “Helping Teens Cope with Anxiety during Covid-19” on Thursday, April 2, from 2 pm to 3 pm.

Feeling stressed and anxious during this unusual time of school closing, social distancing and canceled school events? Not sure what to say or how to help your teen cope? You are not alone. Join us as Dr. Tanya Stockhammer, Clinical Psychologist, will explain the positives and unhelpful components of anxiety, what happens to our teens during high anxiety, tips to help with discussions about the crisis and how to help them deal with their emotions.

Dr. Stockhammer is a clinical psychologist specializing in child, adolescent and pediatric psychology and is co-owner of StrongMinds. Her clinical specialty areas include anxiety disorders (including OCD) in youth of all ages, teenage adjustment issues, and parenting challenges (including parenting children with complex behavioral or health issues).

SOAR
Resources

Be Aware, Not Afraid

SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) has launched a website providing a one-stop shop for information related to the COVID-19 virus. This site is pulling real-time information from SOAR Co-Principal Officers Governor Andy Beshear and Fifth District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Additionally, SOAR has provided important resources for the following:

  • SMALL BUSINESSES | Access to SBA Disaster Loan information, services from the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, the Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation, and Mountain Association for Community Economic Development.
  • EMPLOYEES | Access to information on Unemployment Insurance, as well as workforce training through regional workforce innovation boards, community action agencies, Kentucky SkillsU (GED Testing), and information on the Kentucky Community and Technical College System colleges in Appalachia Kentucky.
  • E-LEARNING | Access to information on virtual learning tools applicable to schools, parents, and guardians working to do coursework provided by schools when they are not in session.
  • FAMILIES | Access to everything from virtual field trips, zoo visits, and even dance lessons to keep children and families active and engaged during this time.
  • MENTAL HEALTH | In this time of disruption, it is important to provide access to help for those struggling with the stress and uncertainty of this moment.

 

Message
to UNITE
Constituents

UNITE hopes you and your family are staying healthy and safe during these unprecedented times. Our region is no different than other regions of the state. We are dealing with the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – precautionary restrictions to travel, closures of schools and businesses, and changes to our normal routines. These are uncharted and uncertain times.

Operation UNITE staff, while adhering to social distancing and travel recommendations issued by Governor Andy Beshear under guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), remains available to help and support our UNITE Community Coalitions and partners.

  • Individuals can still receive assistance in obtaining vouchers for treatment (1-866-908-6483) or seek guidance from our dedicated Treatment team members.
  • Our toll-free Drug Tip Line (1-866-424-4382) continues to be monitored.
  • Anyone across the Commonwealth who needs information or resources regarding a substance use disorder for themselves or family members may contact UNITE staff at the KY HELP Statewide Call Center (1-8338-KY-HELP | 1-833-859-4357).

Most UNITE Coalition meetings and activities have been canceled for the next 4-6 weeks. It is unclear whether schools will resume in-person instruction. To help you through these difficult times, we are providing links to several great resources. Our staff is available by phone, email, text or fax should you have any questions.

Nancy Hale, President & CEO

Official
KY Website

Make sure you receive the facts and latest information about COVID-19 as it impacts the Commonwealth of Kentucky by visiting the official Team Kentucky website – kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

Share
Good News

We know many of you are finding unique and creative ways to get through these difficult days. There are many acts of kindness and good deeds taking place throughout southern and eastern Kentucky.

UNITE encourages you to share your “neighbor-helping-neighbor” stories on social media. Let the state know by posting using the following hashtags: #TeamKentucky, #HealthyAtHome, #UNITEStrong, #StrongerTogether, #TogetherKY, and #Patriot.

Track COVID-19
in Appalachia

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) released two new tools documenting the spread of COVID-19 at the regional and county levels.

The first tool, the COVID-19 Cases in Appalachia map, displays the current number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Appalachia, and throughout the United States. The second tool, Explore County-level Coronavirus Impact Planning searchable database, presents a demographic data snapshot of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths in relation to hospital bed counts, population and businesses, and categories of people at risk for COVID-19 in infographic form for each one of the nation’s counties.

Free
Webinar

Operation Parent is offering a free webinar, “Helping Teens Cope with Anxiety during Covid-19” on Thursday, April 2, from 2 pm to 3 pm.

Feeling stressed and anxious during this unusual time of school closing, social distancing and canceled school events? Not sure what to say or how to help your teen cope? You are not alone. Join us as Dr. Tanya Stockhammer, Clinical Psychologist, will explain the positives and unhelpful components of anxiety, what happens to our teens during high anxiety, tips to help with discussions about the crisis and how to help them deal with their emotions.

Dr. Stockhammer is a clinical psychologist specializing in child, adolescent and pediatric psychology and is co-owner of StrongMinds. Her clinical specialty areas include anxiety disorders (including OCD) in youth of all ages, teenage adjustment issues, and parenting challenges (including parenting children with complex behavioral or health issues).

SOAR
Resources

Be Aware, Not Afraid

SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) has launched a website providing a one-stop shop for information related to the COVID-19 virus. This site is pulling real-time information from SOAR Co-Principal Officers Governor Andy Beshear and Fifth District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Additionally, SOAR has provided important resources for the following:

  • SMALL BUSINESSES | Access to SBA Disaster Loan information, services from the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, the Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation, and Mountain Association for Community Economic Development.
  • EMPLOYEES | Access to information on Unemployment Insurance, as well as workforce training through regional workforce innovation boards, community action agencies, Kentucky SkillsU (GED Testing), and information on the Kentucky Community and Technical College System colleges in Appalachia Kentucky.
  • E-LEARNING | Access to information on virtual learning tools applicable to schools, parents, and guardians working to do coursework provided by schools when they are not in session.
  • FAMILIES | Access to everything from virtual field trips, zoo visits, and even dance lessons to keep children and families active and engaged during this time.
  • MENTAL HEALTH | In this time of disruption, it is important to provide access to help for those struggling with the stress and uncertainty of this moment.