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COVID-19 resources for the Church and individuals

Coronavirus: Faith, not fear

In response to increased anxieties and concerns around the global outbreak of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, Stuttgart New Beginnings Worship Center (SNBWC) compiled a series of resources for the congregational leaders and members.

Leaders from SNBWC continue to stress that while it’s important to remain vigilant and alert to potential dangers from this virus, we must continue to trust in God through all developments, “remaining calm in a time of distress, extending compassion to those who are suffering, and praying for the healing of the world.”

Church: No sanctuary services until further notice.

  • We will stream online services to meet your spiritual needs via this platform and Facebook. 

  • We encourage members to stay home if they are sick.

  • In addition we highly encourage members to wash their hands. We will post alcohol-based hand sanitizers (containing at least 60% alcohol) in easily accessible areas, like outside of bathrooms or at entrances.

  • In the sanctuary or other publicly used spaces, increase diligence around cleaning and sanitizing.

  • Possible modifications to church services, which are up to the discretion of the pastor and other church leaders:

    • Fist-bumping, waving or nodding during communal practices.

  • We would like to reinforce the worship team that whether they participate in any part of the service, it is up to them and that other worshipers should honor those decisions and avoid making judgments.

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Worshipers:

  • Participate in worship and other church activities to your own level of comfort.

  • Stay home if you are sick.

  • Wash your hands regularly and supplement with alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

  • Avoid touching your face.

Stay informed

As the status of COVID-19 changes, it is essential to stay up to date on the latest information from the following organizations:

Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

How to Clean and Disinfect

Surfaces

  • If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

  • For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.

    • Diluted household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:

    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or

    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

    • Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

    • For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning:

    • If the items can be laundered, launder items in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and then dry items completely.

    • Otherwise, use products with the EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims that are suitable for porous surfaces 

 

Linens, Clothing, and Other Items That Go in the Laundry

  • Do not shake dirty laundry; this minimize the possibility of dispersing virus through the air.

  • Wash items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry that has been in contact with an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.

  • Clean and disinfect hampers or other carts for transporting laundry according to guidance above for hard or soft surfaces.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Hand Hygiene:

  • Cleaning staff should wear disposable gloves and gowns for all tasks in the cleaning process, including handling trash.

    • Gloves and gowns (when feasible) should be compatible with the disinfectant products being used.

    • Additional PPE might be required based on the cleaning/disinfectant products being used and whether there is a risk of splash.

    • Gloves and gowns should be removed carefully to avoid contamination of the wearer and the surrounding area. Be sure to clean hands after removing gloves.

  • Gloves should be removed after cleaning a room or area occupied by ill persons. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.

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  • Cleaning staff and others should clean hands often, including immediately after removing gloves and after contact with an ill person, by washing hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%-95% alcohol may be used. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and warm water.

  • Follow normal preventive actions while at work and home, including cleaning hands and avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Additional key times to clean hands include:

    • After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing

    • After using the restroom

    • Before eating or preparing food

    • After contact with animals or pets

    • Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance (e.g., a child)