Shelter in Place Resources

Channel 998 is currently back online in a reduced capacity, due to instability in the Comcast network.

Activities

SRH Staff is currently working on getting remote activities up and running to stave off the boredom and isolation associated with sheltering in place.
 
In the meantime, here are some ideas that you can do yourself to alleviate the strain. This list will be updated as more items become available, so please send ideas to Resident Services here.
 
The Met Opera is offering free nightly streaming of some of their most iconic performances. Click here for a link to their website.
 
Jason Myers has a fun and engaging new YouTube Series you can access by clicking here. Come get your daily dose of musical fun!
 
Turner Classic Movies is a great way to tune into your classic movies. Tune in to Channel 501. Click here to see today's schedule.
 
Live Stream Cams are a fun and relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Come see what our furry, scaly and feathered friends are doing while we're trapped inside!
 
The Smithsonian Institute is looking for eagle eyed volunteers to help transcribe old texts. Click here to get started reading.
 
Catchafire is a great resource to help nonprofits virtually by donating your skills to their causes. And with the amount of non-profits affected by COVID-19, there's no shortage of folks that need your support! Click here for more info.
 
Viking Cruises is broadcasting their onboard entertainment for everyone. We may be the cruise ship that never leaves dock, but now you can get the real cruise from one of the leading lines!
 
Stanford Business School has a ton of free, short and entertaining lectures on line. Click here for a link to their YouTube channel.
 
PBS News has a host of News programs on YouTube, so if you want news stories without getting overwhelmed by the 24 hour news cycle, click here. 
 
Book Passage in San Rafael is offering live streams with select authors called Extended Sessions. Click here to learn more
 
Have you ever wanted to take a tour of a Frank Lloyd Wright building other than the Civic Center? How about 12? Click here to take a virtual tour all from the comfort of your own home!
 

Dry Cleaning & Laundry

Marin Cleaners is currently closed and will not be able to serve Smith Ranch Homes in any capacity.
 
Smith Ranch Cleaners will now pick-up clothes on Friday and return them the following Wednesday. Please have your bag to the Valet office by Thursday afternoon to qualify.  

Face Coverings

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
 
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
 
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
 
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
 
 
 
 
 

Grocery Shopping

Several major retailers are staying open and even offering adjusted timing specifically for seniors and people with compromised immune systems. Click here to get a full list and video.
 
Scotty's Market is also still delivering goods, as supplies last. Submit your order to the Resident Services Desk in writing or via email by 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday and groceries will be delivered by the Valets when it arrives (typically on Thursday, though this may vary). Scotty's Market will contact you directly to arrange payment.
 
Safeway, Whole Foods via Amazon.com, and Instacart will also deliver groceries directly to your home. Safeway is currently reporting next day delivery of your items.
 
Marinwood Market is now doing curbside pick-up. Call them at (415) 491-1965 for more information.

Isolation Resources

Isolation during the Shelter in Place Order is hard. No use mincing words about it. Here are some resources you can use to help alleviate that feeling of loneliness.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Scams and Criminal Activity

With all eyes focused on how the world gets through the pandemic, coronavirus scams and criminal activity accelerate at a rapid pace. Whether it's the sale of fake test kits, fraudulent remedies, or simple hand-sanitizer and toilet paper theft, every COVID-19 crime preys on two things...our anxiety and our desire to be informed.
 
The Most Lucrative Coronavirus Crime
The most lucrative coronavirus criminal is the cyber scanner. Cyber security experts say hackers are using the public's desire to be informed to infect computer systems with malware specifically designed to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorized access. Per Jonathan Tock, Director of Security Operations at St Louis based SpearTip, "There were over 2000 domains registered (within the last two weeks) with the coronavirus somewhere in the name." Many are produced by hackers who have recognized a big opportunity in our fear and curiosity. 
 
The Fake Coronavirus Tracking Map  
One trap is the fake coronavirus tracking map. People want to know how many people have the virus and where are they located. When you click on the site, hackers attempt a drive-by download, which is a fancy way of saying they move in to download malware onto your computer.
 
This is not intended to strike more fear in an already fearful time, but it is intended for you to remain vigilant and aware of your internet actions at a time where many are exhausted and guards may be down. The best recommendation is to maintain information through reputable sources and check web addresses before clicking. As an example, an trustworthy online Time magazine article would start with www.time.com, but a dubious source could look like a variation, such as www.time.ru.com or www.time.secure.online.
 
Although Smith Ranch Homes staff are available to assist you in determining such queries during this time, please do not forward questionable emails to SRH staff.