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.
CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS & DIRECTIVES – https://www.cofchrist.org/covid-19
ONLINE WORSHIP EXPERIENCES – https://www.cofchrist.org/online-ministries?fbclid=IwAR2FBAoSxI8D4_bQcH5LH8FT8gGqd0SxTKiYJXO2tAOZivl4YLakNWnCmhI
VIRUS UPDATES AROUND THE GLOBE – https://www.google.com/covid19/
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.
First Presidency Statement
Update: Our Continued Response to COVID-19 Virus Pandemic
17 April 2020
The First Presidency has continued to monitor recommendations from professional health organizations about preventing the spread of COVID-19. Many nations continue to recommend the suspension of group gatherings. Based on our review, the First Presidency is advising congregations and mission centers to continue suspending church gatherings—worship services, meals, conferences, funerals, and other group activities—through at least 31 May 2020
As new information is available it will be released and posted at http://www.CofChrist.org/covid‐19.**