COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) Information for Faith Communities
With the increasing reach of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), faith community nurses, health ministers, and faith community leaders alike have an important role in reducing the spread of this disease.
Below you will find information and recommendations from the Whatcom County Health Department shared following an information briefing held Friday, March 6, information provided during our March meeting by board chair, Joni Hensley, who is working first-hand with the state's response to this pandemic, as well as a press release from the FDA warning consumers about the threat of Unauthorized Fraudulent COVID-19 Test Kits.
Information from the Whatcom County Health Department for community organizations provided during their Friday, March 6 meeting. For the most up to date information go to their website.
Overview Slideshow: "2019 Novel Coronavirus: Community Organizations"
Contains basic information about the disease and community response.
Chemical Reccommendations: "EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the Cause of COVID-19"
Contacts for COVID-19 questions:
Whatcom County Health Department
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Washington State Department of Health
The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #
Resources from HMN Board Chair, Joni Hensley
Links to information requested during our March meeting from board chair, Joni Hensley, who is working first-hand with the state's response to this pandemic.
HealthCare Authority: public relations
The Insurance Commission FAQ regarding medication refills during the coronavirus outbreak. There is also a complaint and appeals tab in the ribbon on this link.
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Now is the time for which our faith has prepared us. Now is the moment when all that we believe can be put to work. Now we can turn to the inner resources we have been developing over these many years to face the challenge of a world in desperate need. We are not afraid of this crisis for we have been made ready for it. We have devoted our lives to the belief that something greater than fear or disease guides human history. We have studied, prayed and grown in the Spirit. Now we come to the call to use what we believe in. Our people need hope, confidence, courage and compassion: the very things for which we have been trained We are the calm in the midst of a storm. Stand your ground and let you light so shine that others may see it and find their faith as well.
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