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.
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.
Our mission center has been following CDC guidance for reopening congregations and congregational activities. You’ve probably heard that the CDC issued revised guidelines a few days ago. Requirements for individuals and communities now vary according to what the CDC determines is the “Covid-19 Community Level.” The Covid-19 Community Level has 3 categories: Low, Medium, and High. As you can imagine, the requirements increase as the category level goes from Low to Medium to High.
Each category has two prevention strategies: Individual/Household and Community. Until conditions change and/or CDC guidance is modified, our mission center will follow the precautions for Individual/Household prevention behaviors outlined below (also see attached PDF “Community Levels” for more details). You do not need to calculate your Covid-19 Community Level. Your county’s Covid-19 Community Level and preventative steps are found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html.
Congregations are encouraged to review all counties served by their ministry and follow the prevention steps for the highest threat level observed. For example, if a congregation serves 4 counties and 3 are Low and 1 is Medium, prevention steps are determined by the Medium category. No plan for reopening is required.
This is a very helpful CDC webpage for preventative steps: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
As always, recognizing that we still uphold the principle of protecting the vulnerable, you know your situation in your congregations best. If social distancing and mask wearing are appropriate in your situation, then please continue to do so.
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.