Corona Virus (COVID-19) Information


On The Coronavirus Resource Page, for the Greater Northwest Area Of The United Methodist Church You Can Find Fact-Based Information And Helpful Guidance For Faith Communities: https://greaternw.org/coronavirus/

GNW Coronavirust Guidance

 

This resource page is designed to support leaders as they make critical decisions in a situation that is quickly changing. We believe it essential that such decisions are made with the latest, fact-based information available to us. Leaders are encouraged to closely follow the guidance of public health agencies in the communities where they live and do ministry.

Key Resources - Good, fact-based information is essential in a moving situation like this.  Find links for local, regional, national, and international resources.

US Centers for Disease Control (CDC)About COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

CDC - COVID-19 (en español) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index-sp.html

World Health Organization (WHO) - Advice for Public https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak  https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019  On this website you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).Please visit this page for daily updates.

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The GNWA UMC Coronavirus website also offers many resources to help faith communities in developing plans and procedures to adapt to this changing situation.  

The following resources are being offered to assist you in Making Decisions As Faith Communities - Please check back as we add to and update the items on this list. If you have a resource to recommend, email them to: communications@greaternw.org

Interim Guidance For Faith-Based Organizations On Preparing For The Coronavirus From The CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-community-faith-organizations.html

Worship In The Midst Of An Outbreak https://greaternw.org/worship-in-the-midst-of-an-outbreak/

Cleaning and Disinfecting for COVID-19: Guidelines for Janitorial Staff https://greaternw.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Janitorial-Staff.pdf

Large Gathering Guidance for Faith Communities https://greaternw.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Guidance-for-Large-Gathering-Including-Faith-Based-Orgs.pdf

Faith-Based and Community Organizations Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Checklist https://greaternw.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/faithbaseedcommunitychecklist.pdf

UMCom - Coronavirus: What to know, how to help https://www.umc.org/en/content/coronavirus-what-to-know-how-to-help

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Adapting Worship to New Situations - In some localities, the recommendations of public health officials have caused a number of local churches to move their worship services online. You can find resources there to support churches as they plan for or adapt to this change.

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PUT YOUR COMPASSION INTO ACTION! How Have You Prepared For A Disaster At Home Or In Your Community?  For more information about local Disaster Planning and Response, Preparation and Checklists, and The Connecting Neighbors Program SEE: https://www.umoi.org/disasterpreparedness

The Connecting Neighbors Program From UMCOR is designed to provide holistic disaster preparation focusing on individuals, churches and the community.

Connecting Neighbors - https://greaternw.org/churches-encouraged-to-use-connecting-neighbors-guidelines-to-check-in-with-vulnerable-members/

A church that is prepared can help mitigate the emotional and spiritual impact of a disaster and may be a place of hospitality and sanctuary in times of critical need." Kathy Bryson (PNW) and Larry Johnson Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinators share a timely resource based on UMCOR's Connecting Neighbors training. https://greaternw.org/staying-church-connected-when-it-matters-most/

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