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CDC releases new guidelines for reopening churches & more
The CDC has released a new set of checklists for churches, camps, and other organizations to follow in order to safely reopen and to prevent more outbreaks.
We might have experienced the virus sooner, but didn't know about it.
Overloaded with Coronavirus news and links?
Here's a list of some links that really pertain to our ABCRM family:
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
As the coronavirus spreads, the CDC has a self-checking tool and a list of resources of how to find help if you're feeling sick. Please call ahead before going to see your doctor or medical professional.
For more information, click here to view the latest advice and self-checker.
How do I find local information?
On both the state and the local county level, a number of hotlines and/or Web site information is being provided to the public.
CO-Help also has a toll free hotline at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911.
A hotline also is available at 1-855-600-3453.
A hotline is available at 1-800-456-7707.
Inquiries can be made at 1-888-996-9104.
What are some resources for pastors and churches?
* Encourage at risk members to limit their public exposure
* Provide other forms of worship remotely
* Offer to open the church for limited periods for less than 10 people
* Cleanliness is next to godliness ... proper church maintenance
* Social distance is the new "normal" -- maintain a space of 6-feet
The CDC has issued an updated Web site with guidelines for the faith community and helpful advice.
To help prepare yourself, your house, and your church, these are some actions you can take now.
Other faith communities in Europe have some useful tips for communal precautions.
Why visits to nursing homes and hospitals might not be possible as a precaution.
The Gospel Coalition speaks with an infectious disease expert--and a pastor--about the virus.
As pastors and ministerial caregivers, the concerns about the Coronavirus pandemic might mean some changes in how we physically show our Christian love (i.e., handshakes), but theologically, the Bible speaks about our sense of fearlessness in troublesome times.
Here are some resources to speak compassionately and theologically about such a pandemic--and the legitimate feeling of "worry" of "fear."
What Christians in Asia and Europe have to share about the Coronavirus and their churches.
The Surgeon General has some advice for churches and some comforting words.
Christianity Today has compiled a list of useful theological responses to the virus.
Greg Laurie shares how to let faith triumph over fear as the virus cases continue to grow.
The Washington Post shares how pastors are rethinking communion to keep people safe.
Don't be afraid to ask for help ... and other guidelines to thinking pastorally about coronavirus.