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Articles/Videos on Social Distancing & Preventing Spread

Article: Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day by Dr. Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH
Article: A Psychologist’s Science-Based Tips for Emotional Resilience During the Coronavirus Crisis by Jelena Kecmonovic, The Washington Post 
Video: Alton Brown Explains the Science of Why Handwashing Helps Fight Coronavirus
Story: My Social Distancing Story by Tobii Dyvanox - a story for children
(NEW March 26) Video: How to See Germs Spread by Mark Rober
(NEW March 26) Article: Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times (Toolkit from University of North Carolina)
(NEW April 2) Article: How Do We Keep Kids Mentally Healthy? by Rachel Buchholz, Kids and Family Editor in Chief, National Geographic
(NEW April 2) Article:Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus by Malaka Gharib, NPR
(NEW April 10) Teaching Resource: Coronavirus Explained by Brainpop
(NEW May 15) A Conversation: What Do Science and Data Say About the Near Term Future of Singing (panel webinar sponsored by the The National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Chorus America, Barbershop Harmony Society, and Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA)).  Summary article available from The Middleclass Artist.
(NEW May 15) The Risks - Know Them - Avoid Them by Dr. Erin Bromage
(NEW May 15) 'I would do anything for a do-over': Calgary Church Hopes Others Learn From Their Tragic COVID-19 Experience by Chris Epp, CTV Calgary, Alberta, Canada
(NEW May 19) A Physicist View of the Airborne Infection by Anchordoqui & Chudnovskyk
(NEW May 19) What Fluid Dynamics Can Explain About COVID-19 Spread - And How to Protect Yourself by Catherine Graham, Johns Hopkins University
(NEW May 23) From Camping to Dining Out: Here’s How Experts Rate the Risks of 14 Summer Activities (NPR)
(NEW June 8) When 511 Epidemiologists Expect to Fly, Hug and Do 18 Other Everyday Activities Again by Sanger-Katz/Miller/Bui, New York Times
(NEW June 26) FDA Warns Nine Hand Sanitizer Brands Containing Toxic Methanol Can Be Fatal


Activities for Social Distancing (Kids & Adults)

Storytime & Reading

People Get Ready Bookstore also holds storytime videos, but without a set schedule at this time.
Storyline Online, a platform that shares famous actors reading their favorite children's books. has hundreds of audio book titles available that are free.  Great for non-screen time!
(NEW April 16) Jason Reynolds, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and author of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, is offering a storytelling video series for kids.  The series, Write. Right. Rite. is meant to be all about the ritual of authentic expression.


GoNoodle! is a website and app with tons of videos focused on movement and mindfulness, used in schools across the nation.  Free accounts have access to lots of material, or you can check out GoNoodle! on YouTube.
(NEW April 2) Cosmic Kids Yoga has videos of yoga instruction geared towards kids
(NEW April 2) Tinkergarten at Home Live! every Tuesday at 11:30 am on Facebook.  Outdoor classes where kids learn through play and creativity.


Scholastic "Learn at Home" Project: this new project from Scholastic has compiled 20 days worth of learning materials for various age levels.  You can also create a free Bookflix account here!
This article also lists a ton of free online learning sites.  Check it out!
(NEW March 25) List of Sites for Families to Use While School is Closed
(NEW April 16) Photomath App - scan a math problem with your mobile device, get the answer and step-by-step breakdown!


Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: Join the illustrator of Elephant & Piggie and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, daily from his personal studio at the Kennedy Center.  Episodes are also available on YouTube.
Art For Kids Hub is a website with all kinds of art lessons for kids, including drawing, painting, origami, and more!

Museums, Parks & Zoos

This article features 12 of the world's most famous museums offering virtual tours.
The Kansas City Zoo offers 24-hour streaming of their penguin plaza.  Many zoos and aquariums in major cities are providing streaming services (like the Monterey Bay Aquarium).  Pick a city and Google the zoo!
Tour some National Parks, right from home!  (Google Arts & Culture is also a great site to explore.)
(NEW March 25) Virtual tour of the Catacombs of Paris
(NEW March 25) Paris Museums has 300,000+ works online.
(NEW April 10) Cincinnati Zoo (2:00 pm livestreams)
(NEW April 16) Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings are swapping virtual tours
(NEW June 26) Visit Virtually: Virtual Museum Tours from Travel Iowa

Games & Entertainment

Netflix Party: a Google Chrome extension that lets you have movie nights while social distancing!
Tabletopia: play board games online with your friends!
(NEW March 25) Amazon has made many kid's shows free to stream (usually one episode if you don't have a Prime account, or reduced to free for the series if you do have Prime).

Classes The YMCA has launched 60 free online classes you can stream from your home!
(NEW March 25) Free Online Classes with the American Quilter's Society
(NEW March 25) ISU Recreation Services is hosting free home workouts via Instragram.
(NEW March 25) Free guided meditations for adults and kids at Health Journeys
(NEW March 25) The Greater Good Magazine (UC Berkeley) has lots of helpful articles for mindfulness, meditation, and navigating the challenges of quarantine.
(NEW April 3) Virtual Pasta-Making with Nonna Nerina, 84-year old Italian grandmother
(NEW April 3) PBS is offering streaming of every episode of The French Chef with Julia Child (through your PBS Passport membership or Amazon Prime)
(NEW May 15) The Museum of Modern Art is offering free online art classes


(NEW May 5): Do you know a teen who misses socializing with other teens?  Ames Public Library's Teen Space Discord server is the perfect virtual hang out!  Sign up for an invite at


Medical & Mental Health Services:

McFarland Clinic has a page on their website dedicated to information on testing, hotlines to call, and quality information on COVID-19.
Mary Greeley Medical Center updates on policy changes can be found on their website.
Primary Health Care also has new procedures/policies in place, as does the Story County Medical Center.
Ames & Des Moines Therapy & Consulting offices are offering telehealth visits.
National Council for Behavioral Health
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Article: A Psychologist’s Science-Based Tips for Emotional Resilience During the Coronavirus Crisis by Jelena Kecmonovic, The Washington Post 
Article: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty by Dr. Doreen Marshall
Article: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health
Online AA (Alcoholic's Anonymous) Meetings (nationwide) can be found on this document
Online AA meetings for Ames
Online AA meetings for Des Moines
(NEW April 3) Mental Health Resources for Youth, Families & Schools 


Resources from Ames-Area Schools:

(NEW July 15)  Ames Community School District's Return to Learn resource page outlines the district's plans and contingency plans.
(STILL AVAILABLE July 15) ACSD has also created a list of Story County Community Resources, which covers transportation, mental health, child care, housing, un/employment, food, and other resources.
(STILL AVAILABLE July 15) ACSD Supplemental Digital Learning Resources can be found here.
(Confimed July 15) Nevada Community School District information is found here
(Confirmed July 15) Gilbert Community School District information is found here.  They have also compiled many online educational resources.


Ames-Specific Resources for Getting Supplies:

Please note: some of these services, particularly delivery services, can sometimes have delays (days or even a week).  Check availability early and often, and be sure to plan ahead!

United Way of Story County has a resource page.
(Updated June 12)  Walgreens - FREE delivery of all prescriptions during this crisis. Call 515-232-8284.  Seniors-only hour 8:00-9:00 am Tuesdays.
(Confirmed June 12)  Ames Clinic Pharmacy (Hy-Vee Pharmacy in downtown McFarland Clinic) - FREE delivery of prescriptions in Ames for those who can't get out due health concerns. Call 515-233-7315.
(Updated June 12)  CVS (Welch Ave) - FREE 1 to 4-day delivery on $35+ orders.  Vulnerable shopper hour on Wednesdays 9:00-10:00 am.
(Updated June 12)  Target - Store hours 8:00 am to 9:00 pm, vulnerable guest shopping 8:00-9:00 am.  Online shopping with option for FREE drive-up/curbside delivery to your car. Some of their cold/frozen grocery items are limited.  Call 515-663-9500 upon arrival at store.  Home delivery also available.
(Updated June 12)  Hy-Vee - Online shopping with 2 options - home delivery for $9.95 (on orders over $30) OR free pick up at store (orders over $30). Store hours have been modified to better allow restocking.  Dedicated shopping hour for vulnerable populations has been eliminated.  Store hours 6:00 am to 12:00 am.
(Confirmed June 12)  Fareway - No delivery service, but 8:00-9:00 am on Monday-Saturday is dedicated to those 65+ or with chronic conditions succeptible to COVID-19.  Store hours 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.
(Confirmed June 12)  Wheatsfield Cooperative - 8:00-9:00 am dedicated to those 60+ or with chronic conditions succeptible to COVID-19.  Store hours 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. Curbside pickup available.
(Confirmed June 12)  Aldi - 8:30-9:30 am on Tuesday/Thursday dedicated to vulnerable populations.
(Updated June 12)  Ames Public Library - Curbside holds pickup now available (  Books and movies can still be downloaded or streamed (
(Confirmed June 12)  Treats on a Leash - FREE local delivery on orders of pet supplies of $10+.  Call 515-233-4592.
(NEW May 15): Ames Main Street Farmers' Market has gone virtual.  Orders can be placed Tuesday morning through Thursday 9:00 pm.  Pickup Saturday 10:00 am-12:30 pm at 304 Main Street.


Other Community Resource Pages

(NEW April 3) COVID-19 Legal Information Hotline with Iowa Legal Aid - 1-800-332-0419
(NEW April 10) Iowa State University Student Wellness Resource Page (quite varied, and many, many excellent resources!)
(NEW April 16) Ames United Church of Christ has built a good page for Story County-specifc resources.


Information on COVID-19:

CDC: COVID-19 in the United States
CDC Information for At-Risk Persons
Iowa Department of Public Health
COVID-19 in Iowa
(NEW April 3) Google Analytics on Community Mobility to Combat COVID-19
(NEW June 12) The COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic
(NEW June 26) Coronavirus Tracking viaThe Des Moines Register
(NEW July 8) COVID ActNow - COVID data tracking & risk levels for your community.  All 50 states, 2100+ counties.
(NEW July 15) COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool - Assess the risk level of attending an event, given the event size and location.

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