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#MythbustingMondays: Monday, June 29

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Explore how to avoid misinformation and how to determine the veracity of information found on the web.
  • UNESCO: Stop COVID-19 Disinformation at the Root with Media and Information Literacy: https://en.unesco.org/news/stop-covid-19-disinformation-root-media-and-information-literacy
  • Expert: Six Essential Media Literacy Skills for COVID-19 and Other Crises: http://www.buffalo.edu/news/tipsheets/2020/004.html
  • How to Spot Fake News: COVID-19 Edition: https://www.ifla.org/node/93015
  • Facebook Gave Tips to Spot Fake News. A Study Says They Work Surprisingly Well: https://www.consumerreports.org/social-media/facebook-gave-tips-to-spot-fake-news-a-study-says-they-work
  • Battling the Pandemic of Misinformation: https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2020/05/social-media-used-to-spread-create-covid-19-falsehoods
June 29th, 2020|

#WeCountWednesdays: Wednesday, June 24

Keep Calm and Census - 2020 Census
COVID-19 has caused confusion in counting college students in the correct location. Many parents are counting their children as living at home because semesters were cut short and students moved home prior to April 1 (Census Day). Here are two facts that will help you determine where to count your college student.
  • Students who live in off-campus housing during the school year should be counted as living in that residence, even if they moved home during the quarantine.
  • Students who live on-campus during the school year are included in the group quarters reports the Census Bureau receives from colleges and universities and do not need to be counted at the family residence.
Concerned that your college student may have been counted twice? Not to worry, the Census Bureau can work that out and no further action is required on your part. If you have any questions, email census@sclibnj.org to connect with a Civic Services staff member. To complete the 2020 Census online visit my2020census.gov. To complete the census by phone, call 844-330-2020 for assistance in English or 844-468-2020 for assistance in Spanish.
June 24th, 2020|

#MythbustingMondays: Monday, June 22

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There are more than 100 vaccines under development, with nine of them already in human clinical trials.

Mondays at SCLSNJ will now be known as #MythbustingMondays. Our Monday share will focus on COVID-19 and relate to significant false or misleading information trends that are relevant at the moment. This information is contributed by Adult Service Department supervisors Jennifer Konopacki, Mun Hwa Liu, and Elizabete Pata. Let’s #SpreadTruthNotGerms, #BeSafeAtHome, and always stay well informed.
June 22nd, 2020|

#MythbustingMondays: Monday, June 15

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100 days have passed. Doctors and scientists are still learning about COVID-19. There are facts we know; such as COVID-19 is a virus and not a bacterial infection and that thermal scanners can not detect the virus. Knowledge is power.
June 15th, 2020|

#WeCountWednesdays: Wednesday, June 10

Neighborhood - 2020 Census

Did you know it is necessary to complete a Census survey for all properties in New Jersey, including seasonal homes? NJ Census 2020 needs your help to spread the word and get NJ’s count numbers up, especially in shore and vacation home communities.

For any property you own but only use part of the time, follow these instructions: https://nj.gov/state/census-seasonal-homes.shtml

1. Visit my2020census.gov
2. Enter the Census ID or address for this secondary property
3. Enter “0” for the number of people living at this property
4. Hit Next, and when a “soft error” occurs, click Next again
5. Select “No” when asked to confirm no person lives at this property
6. Select primary reason – Seasonal (most likely)
7. Complete

June 10th, 2020|

#MythbustingMondays: Monday, June 8

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In response to COVID-19, every state implemented restrictions on businesses and public gatherings. These restrictions vary from state to state and, sometimes, between cities and counties. In New Jersey, businesses are slowly starting to re-open with various rules and restrictions.

  • Pandemic Update for NJ Businesses​: https://njchamber.com/covid19
  • State of NJ Executive Directive No. 20-14​: https://nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/docs/ExecutiveDirective20-014OutdoorDining.pdf
  • NJ/s Outdoor Dining, Retail Reopening Rules: https://njbiz.com/heres-rules-june-15s-retail-outdoor-dining-reopenings
  • State Government Reopenings After Coronavirus (Covid-19) Lockdowns, 2020​: https://ballotpedia.org/State_government_reopenings_after_coronavirus_(COVID-19)_lockdowns,_2020
  • Reopening Standards and Toolkits​: https://globalwellnessinstitute.org/positivelywell/reopening-standards-toolkits

Mondays at SCLSNJ will now be known as #MythbustingMondays. Our Monday share will focus on COVID-19 and relate to significant false or misleading information trends that are relevant at the moment. This information is contributed by adult services department supervisors Jennifer Konopacki, Mun Hwa Liu, and Elizabete Pata. Let’s #SpreadTruthNotGerms, #BeSafeAtHome, and always stay well informed.

June 8th, 2020|

#WeCountWednesdays: Wednesday, June 3

2020 Census Social Services

NJ Census 2020 reminds us that for every 100 people not counted, a community loses an estimated $1.2 million annually in federal funds for programs such as Medicaid, social services block grants, and vocational education. These social services are going to be more important than ever for our residents as our state recovers from COVID-19. Complete the Census over the phone at 844-330-2020 (English), 844-468-2020 (Spanish), or many other languages listed at my2020census.gov.

June 3rd, 2020|

#MythbustingMondays: Monday, June 1

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Temperatures are rising as we approach the start of summer. Is the virus as insidious in the heat of the summer as it was at the start of spring? Read these articles to get a better understanding of what to expect as we enter June, and to find out what role temperature may play in this pandemic.


Mondays at SCLSNJ will now be known as #MythbustingMondays. Our Monday share will focus on COVID-19 and relate to significant false or misleading information trends that are relevant at the moment. This information is contributed by adult services department supervisors Jennifer Konopacki, Mun Hwa Liu, and Elizabete Pata. Let’s #SpreadTruthNotGerms, #BeSafeAtHome, and always stay well informed.
June 1st, 2020|

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