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Michigan Presenters Conference Call - COVID-19 Preparedness
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ROUNDTABLE (did not have time for all groups to share - please add your organization to this spreadsheet with notes if not included)
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Questions and notes from epidemiologist Ryan Malosh are below the roundtable notes
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ORGACTIONWEBSITE
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Ramsdellpostponing current events; MET Opera has cancelled, so cannot offer the broadcast at the venue; referring to recommendations from Gov. officehttps://ramsdelltheatre.org/
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Midland Center for the ArtsSchool/family performer postponed performance for March 13; Josh Turner promoter is going on due to wish of artist and promoter; Buddy Holly musical has been postponed midlancenter.org
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River RaisinVenues cancelling around them; concerns about the dance academy that funds the center, looking at cancelling the ballet they have coming up, looking at livestreaming optionhttps://riverraisincentre.org/
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Dearforn/Ford Centermet with legal counsel; as all major Detroit area activities have been shut down, agreed it would be negligent to continue for this week and weekend; meeting today to determine where to go from here; likely that the center will be shut down with school shut down b/c of classes they offer; Beatles show did go on last night; looking to reschedule other https://www.dearbornfordcenter.com/
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Mendel CenterPart of Lake Michigan College; suspended in person classes and events, reopening April 13; handful of ticketed and community events are cancelled and will work to reschedule; offered livestream options for college events both events did not choose to move forward for safety and logisticshttps://www.themendelcenter.com/
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Sturgis Young Center for the ArtsMtg with city leaders yesterday; recording a community concert with students and families and will share with families; cleared its slate of inhouse events, going back and forth on a Sunday brunch; trying to maintain sense of calm; looking at potentially completely closing the facility, as it is a municipal facilityhttps://www.sturgesyoung.com/
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Music Hall DetroitMainstage cancelled for 3 weeks, sold out show coming up is being postponed; cafe is open in the evenings, but will be discussing closurehttps://musichall.org/
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Wharton CenterMSU has gone to all online classes, events in the next few weeks have been postponed or cancelled, hoping to reschedule school shows, no performances through March 26; past that are still planned, including Wicked on April 1https://www.whartoncenter.com/
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Kalamazoo State TheaterArtists are cancelling/postponing; not doing shows through March 21, late March dates are in https://www.kazoostate.com/
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Dennos MuseumPart of Northwestern Michigan College, still planning on April and May residency and shows; they have a lot of rentals - working with communtiy groups to reschedule. Only have 2 shows they are presenting, a residency in April with the Tibetan Monks, and a concert in May. Lots of things up in the air, NMC has canceled classes. Campus is open.
So the primary thing is in the next 3-4 weeks, rental programs. Next will be the Monks who are sand painting for a week and presenting for students and the public on April 17.
http://www.dennosmuseum.org/
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Potter CenterJackson College; on spring break, wiating for college leadership, but looks like everything will be cancelled for 30 days, next big show is April 18
https://www.jccmi.edu/entertainment-events/potter-center/
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Wayne County Community CollegeCollege has suspended face to face classes, but campuses are open and providing services; rental was cancelled for this weeked by presenter; community event on April 2 has not been cancelled; has offered refunds for an April 18 event that has not yet been postponedhttp://www.wcccd.edu/EPAC/site/index.html
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Saugatuck CenterToddler program going on for today March 13; film school programming hopefully will be reschedules, public programming being moved to May; no news yet on an April 18 eventhttps://www.sc4a.org/
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Great Lakes Center for the Performing Arts
Canadian Brass rebooked into fall season, 2/3 has rescheduled their tickets to the fall; school string program for next week in process of potentially being rescheduled; rentals in April - one has cancelled already, in conversation with others abouthttps://www.greatlakescfa.org/
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Questions
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When do we think we can resume performances?
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Day by day, week by week evaluation across the board; some of us are able to postpone, some of us don't have that choice. Pressure to cancel events b/c of decisions of others - who else is feeling that pressure?
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Saugatuck - Communicating with our patrons - clear language on website, Saugutuck offering refunds, but also offering the option to donate the tickets, looking at force majeur clauses, postponing for a few weeks and then will evaluate
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The gathering recommendation is a recommendation, not a mandate, so it creates a bit of a gray area.
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Ryan Malosh - epidimiologist from U of M joined the call
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The only effective way to control the spread of the virus is social distancing and testing. Forecasting is hard, we don't know how many cases we might see; dynamics of an epidemic are different everywhere the disease goes; testing is limited, as it increases we'll see a lot more cases and it will seem pretty bad - transmission is happening right now- we'll see big jumps in numbers, but will be a consistent pattern from where we've seen elsewhere. We'll see a peak and then # of cases will trail of. Hard to just know about how this will spread.
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Too hard to guess when things will go back to normal, so from a marketing perspective this will be difficult to naviage
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Psychological effects - not a lot of research - depends on how the spread is controlled during a pandemic. Generally an early peak, it goes away, and then it comes back, and has more widespread transmission the 2nd time around. A consistent pattern during flu pandemics. People will be relieved once social distancing measures are lifted, when it comes back around, people will be more scared
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Be as clear and honest as you can, be transparent, and thinking about the best things to do for our communities. that will help keep people calm.
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Local public health information updates, a great resource locally, nationally CDC is a great resource, use state situation updates, Ryan can share a resource list to be shared around.
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Exposure and reporting exposure - if you think you've been exposed, what do you do? If you are exposed to someone who is symptomatic and they are a suspected case, report to a physician and local health department. They are the ones who can guide you and tell you what to do. Self-isolate until you can get better information from health care professionals.
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Ryan's recommendation: gathering of over 100 should be cancelled in the best interest of public health.
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Small gatherings/classes: a harder question, children don't seem to be as severely affected, but contribute to transmission. Gut feeling is that they should be cancelled as well, but more of a gray area. (River Raisin getting pushback from parents on cancelleing dance classes). It's hard b/c of child care, activities, etc. Ryan's own children will not be going to classes.
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Grocery store safety: Need more than just a passing exposure; walking past someone in an aisle will not do it, longer exposure is what does it (30 minutes or more), jjst like other respiratory virus. Common sense measures - don't stand next to someone coughing, wash your hands, wipe down your cart handle, etc, when you're out in public.
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One other thing to keep in mind, as epidemiologists we are really good at tracing back to the source of a community outbreak, no one wants to be identified as the venue at the epicenter.
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Riverfolk - Community music school has moved to online music classes - encouraging teachers to be educators on the topic as well. opportunity to come up with creative ways to teach online and other ways
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Lof Historic American Theaters sent an email on disaster preparedness today.
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Marketing - when to resume pushing future events in May/June
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