The Governor, Public health officials, and Bishop Rickel have begun recommending community actions to reduce people’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease and they are changing day-to-day.
Below, you will find helpful information as we all navigate this situation.
What Activities/Events Have Been Postponed Or Canceled?
- On-site worship services are postponed until further notice but we will be live-streaming a Morning Prayer service from our sanctuary. You can access this on our Facebook page or on our website. Our primary priority is to keep everyone safe. As we adapt to the changing landscape, we realized that holding services on site might be exacerbating the spread of the virus. We are particularly attentive to the needs of the more vulnerable in our population.
- In compliance with guidance received this afternoon from the office of Bishop Rickel, St. Mary’s business office and the building will be closed until further notice. The closure also impacts other groups that use or rent space from St. Mary’s. All staff will be telecommuting-working from home during this time.
- Alzheimer’s Support Group. If you need immediate assistance, please call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.
- Body and Soul
- Classics Potluck Luncheon
- Contemplative Prayer
- Food Bank Feeding Group (March 20)
- Sunday Morning Adult Education Program
Have Supplies On-Hand
Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in during an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community. You may need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.
- If you cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order for medications.
- Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
- Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.
- Have enough pet supplies and medications on hand so that you are prepared to care for your pet(s) for a period.
- Order pet supplies online from a reputable source such as Chewey.com.
There are things you can do right now to be ready for any emergency, and many of these same tips will help you prepare as the coronavirus situation continues to evolve.
- Have a supply of food staples and household supplies like cleaning, laundry detergent, and bathroom items, and diapers if you have small children.
- Check to make sure you have at least a 30-day supply of your prescription medications, and have other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
- Know how your local public health agency will share information.
- Learn how your children’s school or daycare, and your workplace will handle a possible outbreak. Create a plan in the event of any closings, event cancellations or postponements.
- If you care for older adults or children, plan and prepare for caring for them, should they or you become sick.
- Help family members and neighbors get prepared and share the safety messaging with those who may not have access to it.
Safety and Security Awareness
As we move forward each day brings new information and changes to how we are dealing with COVID19. Below are some quick tips to help you and your loved ones remain safe and secure.
- Maintain a minimum of half a tank of gas in all vehicles.
- Have $50-100 in cash on hand for emergencies.
- Have access to reliable news sources both TV and radio-limit news consumption.
- Verify any requests for donations at Guide Star or Charity Navigator.
- Do not give personal information (social security number, home address, birthdate) to solicitors over the phone, do not promise money or wire money.
- Scam calls are on the increase-don’t answer a call from an unknown number. Don’t allow a caller to make you fearful, hang up.
- April 1, 2020, is Census Day. Census imposters will ask for information such as social security number, bank account, and credit cards. They might direct you to a phony website to complete the Census. These people are “Phishing” for ways to steal your identity, money or possessions.
- Order supplies online from sources that you are familiar with or reputable local resources like Safeway, Albertsons, Walmart, and Fred Meyer.
- Put online purchases on a credit card rather than using your personal debit card. If there’s a problem with the order, you re personal funds are not tied while resolving the issue.
Steps to Help Cope
People may experience a variety of feelings and thoughts during the current situation with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in this country. The American Red Cross has information people can use to cope with this evolving situation.
This is a particularly stressful time. Something like this is upsetting for everyone involved. People in impacted areas of the country are affected, as well as people all over the country who are watching the media coverage of this situation.
Children are especially at risk as they may become frightened that they or their loved ones will get sick. It is important to reassure children and talk to them in a calm manner. Their view of the world as a safe and predictable place is temporarily lost. How a parent or other adult reacts around the child in a situation like this can determine how quickly and completely the child recovers.
People may be experiencing many different emotions like fear, anger, confusion, and disbelief. These are all normal feelings in this type of situation. Their reactions appear in different ways, not only in the way someone feels but in the way they think and what they think about; their sleeping habits, how they go about daily living; and the way they interact and get along with others. Here are a few steps to help people cope:
- Stay informed through trusted resources like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), but limit exposure to media coverage, especially for children.
- Spend more time talking with family and friends and offer your support.
- Take care of yourself. Eat healthily, drink plenty of water and get enough rest.
- Be patient with yourself and others. It’s common to have any number of temporary stress reactions such as fear, anger, frustration, and anxiety.
- Encourage children to express their feelings and thoughts. Reassure them about their safety.
- Relax your body often by doing things that work for you—take deep breaths, stretch, meditate or pray, or engage in activities you enjoy.
- Pace yourself between stressful activities and do something fun after a hard task.
Many people have experience coping with stressful life events and typically feel better after a few days. Others find that their stress does not go away as quickly as they would like, and it influences their relationships with their family, friends, and others. Children, senior citizens, people with disabilities and people for whom English is not their first language are especially at risk and are likely to need extra care and help.
If you find yourself or a loved one experiencing some of the feelings and reactions listed below for two weeks or longer, this may be a sign that you need to reach out for additional assistance.
- Crying spells or bursts of anger
- Difficulty eating
- Difficulty sleeping
- Losing interest in things
- Increased physical symptoms such as headaches or stomachaches
- Feeling guilty, helpless or hopeless
- Avoiding family and friends
If you are feeling overwhelmed with emotions such as sadness, depression, anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or someone else, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
Identifying The Symptoms
As concerns grow over the spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus), there has also been an uptick in illicit cyber activity. Cybercriminals are actively exploiting this national emergency by creating fake coronavirus-related websites and targeted email scams to take advantage of the vulnerable and trick people into sharing sensitive information. In addition, while public health institutions are encouraging employees to work from home and practice social distancing, this necessary step may open the door to a rise in online activity, and unfortunately, more cyberattacks.
Beware of Fake emails:
- Cybercriminals are actively exploiting the COVID-19 national emergency by creating fake coronavirus-related websites and targeted email scams.
- Online scammers are creating fake coronavirus-related websites that claim to offer cures for COVID-19 to lure people into providing sensitive personal information. There are also seemingly benign informational websites that secretly download malicious software onto your computer to gain unauthorized access and control. More than 4,000 coronavirus-related domains were registered globally in January and February of this year. Anyone trying to search for coronavirus information could stumble onto one of many malicious websites.
- The best way to protect yourself is to be watchful for lookalike websites and web addresses.
- Attackers entice us to click on links or download files by catching our attention by creating a sense of urgency.
- To avoid being caught by this type of cybersecurity breach, verify the sender’s email address and website addresses before clicking on web links or providing information.
- Be very suspicious of any emails, phone calls or text messages urging you to take immediate action; or provide personal information; disclose usernames and passwords; or act outside of normal business processes.