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Bears players sharing COVID-19 messages, reminders

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With the coronavirus continuing to spread throughout the world, Bears players have been posting messages to their fans on Twitter and other social media platforms urging them to be safe and responsible during this time.

Safety Eddie Jackson took to Twitter to urge fans to wash their hands and practice social distancing while also thanking those whose efforts are helping to slow the spread of the disease.

Inside linebacker Roquan Smith is thanking healthcare workers for risking their lives.

Running back Tarik Cohen is thanking grocers and urging fans not to hoard toilet paper and other items.

Offensive lineman Cody Whitehair is encouraging fans to wash their hands thoroughly.

Running back David Montgomery is urging fans to follow social-distancing guidelines.

Punter Pat O'Donnell is encouraging fans to cover their noses and mouths if they have to cough or sneeze on his Instagram account.

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(PSA) Stay Safe Everyone #flattenthecurve

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In addition to the messages from players, the Bears are making a $250,000 donation to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund. The Fund is in collaboration with the City of Chicago, the Chicago Community Trust and United Way of Metro Chicago.

Donations aim to provide increased access to emergency food and basic supplies, rent and mortgage assistance, utility assistance, direct financial assistance for household supplies, and nonprofit safety and operations assistance. All grants from the fund will go to local nonprofit organizations, who will distribute services and supplies.

Fans can make a donation by visiting www.chicagocovid19responsefund.org.

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