COVID-19 Prevention and Planning


CDC Resources for Prevention and Planning

To help keep your employees, volunteers, students, and ministry attendees healthy, learn more about the preventive steps your organization can take to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus by visiting these U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites: 

Stay in Touch with Experts

Look for reports from the CDC and information from your state and local health and emergency preparedness officials. The CDC issues updates about U.S. cases of coronavirus at noon, Monday through Friday, at CDC Updated Report.

Everyday Precautions Help Prevention

The CDC recommends the following everyday preventive measures for everyone – including employees, volunteers, ministry attendees, and students:

Voluntary Home Isolation: Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. 

Respiratory Etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.

Hand Hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60-95% alcohol.

Environmental Health Action: Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops) with the cleaners typically used. Use all cleaning products according to the directions on the label.

Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (e.g., keyboards, desks, remote controls) can be wiped down before each use.



Personal Protective Measures

During an outbreak in your community, CDC recommends the everyday preventive measures listed above—especially staying home when sick—and taking these additional measures:

  • Keeping away from others who are sick.
  • Limiting face-to-face contact with others as much as possible
  • Consulting with your healthcare provider if you or your household members are at high risk for COVID-19 complications
  • Wearing a facemask if advised to do so by your healthcare provider or by a public health official
  • Staying home when a household member is sick with respiratory disease symptoms, if instructed to do so by public health officials or a health care provider (Voluntary Home Quarantine)

Coronavirus in Your Community = Community Measures 

If COVID-19 disease is occurring in your community, state and local public health authorities may decide to implement temporary closures or dismissals of childcare facilities and schools. They may also implement other social distancing measures that increase the physical space between people, including:

  • Workplace social distancing measures, such as replacing in-person meetings with teleworking
  • Modifying, postponing, or cancelling mass gatherings.

NOTE: Decisions about the implementation of community measures will be made by local and state officials, in consultation with federal officials as appropriate, and based on the scope of the outbreak and the severity of illness. Implementation will require extensive community engagement and ongoing and transparent public health communications.

Global efforts at this time are focused concurrently on lessening the spread and impact of this virus. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this public health threat.

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Posted March 2, 2020 - Last update March 23, 2020


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The information provided in this article is intended to be helpful, but it does not constitute legal advice and is not a substitute for the advice from a licensed attorney in your area. We strongly encourage you to regularly consult with a local attorney as part of your risk management program.

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