As the news outlets continue to provide updates about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Metro D.C. Synod staff have assembled some helpful resources from the ELCA, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization for congregations and its members.
In addition to the coronavirus, we are also still in the midst of the flu season, so please review the resources below to take proper precautions while continuing to be in community together and caring for one another.
From the Bishop’s Desk on March 12, 2020
Bishop Ortiz addresses all Rostered Ministers of the Metro D.C. Synod with a letter on March 12, 2020 about COVID-19 and how we should respond in times like these.
Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton has issued a statement in response to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Martin Luther, said the bishop, “emphasized the duty to care for the neighbor, the responsibility of government to protect and provide services to its citizens, a caution about recklessness, and the importance of science, medicine and common sense.” Read the full statement.
Live Stream Resources
CDC Guide for Community Planning
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has assembled a helpful guide for community- and faith-based organizations (CFBOs) plan for and prevent an outbreak within their communities. The CDC will update this page as needed and as additional information becomes available.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQS
The World Health Organization has assembled a thorough FAQ page for your review to help answer questions such as “What are the symptoms?” and “Do I need to wear a face mask?”
Help Prevent the Spread of Illness
- Staying home when you are sick, except to get medical care
- Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throwing the tissue away
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, coughing or sneezing
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects multiple times a week (don’t forget your cell phones, laptops and car steering wheels)
The Metro DC synod is continuing to monitor, review and assemble information as it becomes available in collaboration with the ELCA and government advice.
Please check back to this page regularly for updates and additional resources.