Chaplaincy, Community Engagement
Epidemic Preparedness and Guidance for Churches
March 10, 2020
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Congregations are called to calm fear, disseminate accurate information, protect the most vulnerable and support each other in times of crisis. Rev. Kristen Peachey, Director of Faith and Health Partnerships, shares wonderful resources which help modify religious practices to help keep people safe while providing spiritual care and honoring important community traditions.
Dear Partners in Faith,
I want to share the latest information and resources about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to keep you and your faith community as up to date as possible.
The situation with COVID-19 continues to rapidly evolve with more cases being identified in the U.S. and evidence of person-to-person spread. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains this virus is NOT currently spreading widely in the United States, they also caution the potential health threat posed by COVID-19 is very high here in our country and globally.
The CDC has shared an updated risk assessment as follows:
There are steps individuals and communities can take to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread:
For the latest information, visit the CDC website, which provides regularly updated information and the latest guidelines. The CDC has also compiled answers to frequently asked questions, and the Chicago Department of Public Health has created a tip sheet for individuals and households to help people protect themselves.
Our colleagues in the Wisconsin Council of Churches (WCC) have created an excellent resource for Christian congregations that emphasizes the call of our faith leaders to calm fear, disseminate accurate information, protect the most vulnerable and support each other in times of crisis. They also share suggestions to modify religious practices to help keep people safe while providing spiritual care and honoring important community traditions. See the resource here.
The WCC also will offer a webinar on Epidemic Preparedness for Faith-Based Organizations at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, with Cheryl Skjolaas, University of Wisconsin Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, and National Chair of the Extension Disaster Education Network. Register here.
If you have questions, please reach out to me at [email protected].
Rev. Kirsten Peachey
Director, Faith and Health Partnerships
Advocate Aurora Health
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