Dear Friends of the Jefferson,
Today, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Dr.
Anthony Fauci said, “If you just leave the virus [COVID-19] to its own devices, it will
go way up like we’ve seen in Italy,” adding that, “If it looks like you’re over-reacting,
you’re probably doing the right thing” to prevent this virus from doing irreparable
At 2 p.m. today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered all “nonessential
businesses” close across the state at a news conference Monday afternoon.
It is in the best interest of everyone that this virus is defeated as soon as possible. I
know, when it matters the most, this nation comes together to face all challenges
unlike any other nations on Earth. “This shall too pass” and it’s because we’ve come
together as a nation to defeat it.
We, at the Jefferson, must do our part, and we will. Our team is small enough and
technologically advanced enough that we’ll be able to continue our work remotely.
In fact, between the two programs we have live-streamed to date, more than 5,000
people have viewed Dr. Judy Lynch’s lecture on “Erie County’s History of the
Responsibility of the Poor” and our event in partnership with LECOM and the Erie
County Health Department on COVID-19 combine. This signals the importance of
the Jefferson continuing our civic education mission, especially in times like these
when more and more people are being asked to practice social distancing and
Here’s the plan for the days ahead, as we evolve our civic engagement during these
- Our Facebook live of our programming will continue when possible.
- We will let you know the dates and times as they are solidified.
- Our team is looking into other social media activities.
- We will continue sending information regarding Jefferson publications.
- We will release a new JES report shortly.
- Interested in further reading? Our team will send you reading recommendations.
No doubt, we find ourselves in unusual times. However, as we continue to move
forward, the Jefferson team is working hard to ensure that we can remain an
engaged resource to the community in whatever means we safely and responsibly
can. At the moment, we believe that to be through our digital footprint, though that
may change as circumstances evolve. In that event, we will alert you as soon as
For updates as they become available, please check the News & Updates section of
our website at https://www.jeserie.org/news, and follow us on Facebook at
Yours in friendship,
Ferki Ferati, Ed.D.