Covid-19 Updates

First and foremost…. We hope that you are safe, healthy, and following directives provided by your local officials and government.

UPDATED (050921)

This page will strictly be available for you to find the right resources, the right information, and who to contact if and when you have questions in regards to the ever evolving COVID-19 virus.

WHAT IS IT?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus. The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.

How it spreads – Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.

GUIDELINES FOR REOPENING YOUR CONGREGATION

Guidelines are as follows:
A. Congregations must comply with local government guidelines that stipulate how and when religious organizations can meet in-person. The decision for a congregation to begin in-person gatherings must include consultation with the mission center president and field apostle to ensure the well-being of all congregants and the community. Note: This includes monitoring data that suggest when a congregation must be closed again for a changing risk to the members and community. 
B. A sustainable decline in COVID-19 cases has occurred for three (3) weeks or as recommended by the local government, and the new infection rate in the county or counties served by the congregation must be below 10 per 100,000 population on a seven-day moving average at https://globalepidemics.org/key-metrics-for-covid-suppression/ (see counties). 
C. Testing for COVID-19 is available locally. 
D. Local hospitals are not overloaded with COVID-19 patients and can provide treatment for all patients and health conditions needing hospital care. 
E. Masks (over the age of 2) are required in order to participate in gatherings. Additional personal protective equipment (gloves, sanitizer) should be made available for use as needed during group gatherings.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS CAN BE FOUND BY CONTACTING YOUR PASTOR OR MISSION CENTER PRESIDENCY
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RESOURCES

CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS & DIRECTIVES – https://www.cofchrist.org/covid-19

ONLINE WORSHIP EXPERIENCES –https://www.cofchrist.org/online-ministries

STATS ON VIRUS IN YOUR AREA – https://globalepidemics.org/key-metrics-for-covid-suppression/

CDC information and resources – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

WHO guidance and public advice – https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

NEW YORK HEALTH INFORMATION – https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

PENNSYLVANIA HEALTH INFORMATION – https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

OHIO HEALTH INFORMATION – https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID – Feeling Stressed or Nervous with COVID-19… you are not alone. Uncertainty and the sense of not being safe — not to mention physical distancing, round-the-clock news and empty grocery shelves — are stressful. What you’re feeling is common around the world. We know you’re looking for ways to take care of yourself and #BeTheDifference. We’ve compiled these tips from the Mental Health First Aid curriculum to help you care for your own and your loved ones’ mental health.
If you or someone you care about feels overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or like you want to harm yourself or others call 911.
You can also contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255or text MHFA to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor.