Extension office is closed but still working

DOUBLE SPRINGS - The following press release was given to the Northwest Alabamian today concerning the closing of the Extension office in Winston County. Winston County Extension may be reached at 205-489-5376.

To: Valued Extension Stakeholders

In light of recent developments surrounding the spread of COVID-19, it has become clear that the world is facing an unprecedented health event. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is working to continue providing the unbiased information you expect during these challenging times.

Balancing your needs for information with our concern for public safety, Alabama Extension Offices will close from March 17 to April 10. This follows CDC protocols and university guidance. However, your Extension professionals will continue to be accessible to you and working for you.

Our staff are working from home, and we have temporarily halted face to face meetings. Advanced planning has allowed Extension Agents to continue offering information by web, social media, e-mail and phone.

• Please go to our website www.aces.edu or www.AlabamaReady.info for the latest information, informative articles and videos. Contact information for individual agents, specialists and Regional Extension Agents is available on the "Director" section of the website.

• Alabama Extension will release additional information daily to media outlets, to the website and over social media (Facebook page "The Alabama Cooperative Extension System" or your local county Extension Facebook page).

• Alabama 4-H will be conducting video activities around popular 4-H projects to keep youth active while schools are closed. The activities are available to all youth, not just 4-H members.

• Extension meetings will only be held by digital delivery methods. All other Extension meetings are cancelled or postponed. Contact your Extension agent if you are requesting a farm or home consultation.

In spite of the current coronavirus challenge, Extension is here to help you. We are working to find ways to serve your needs, and appreciate your patience.

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