Special Announcement COVID - 19

Important Announcement

Amidst all the fear and concerns for the spread of COVID - 19 I want to send out a communication to our church family regarding the recent events surrounding the COVID - 19 virus.

In compliance with the mandate of Governor Sununu and the recommendation of President Trump, we have made the decision to postpone our worship services until further notice.

We look forward to the time when we can all come together again to worship the Lord our God!

In the meantime we invite you to visit our Youtube channel where you can listen to weekly Bible messages by Pastor John Peront.  You can find those messages here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4QCw6wEgejdfdod83JulSQ

You can also check us out on Facebook where you can listen to the weekly messages and Bible studies that will be taught by our pastor, John Peront.

During these days of quarantine due to the pandemic COVID-19 virus we want to encourage you to keep your eyes on the LORD.  God is truly our refuge and our help!  He is our only hope, and we are looking to Him for His grace, protection and healing.

We can all take a few steps to be extra careful!
1. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.  It is the most effective way to prevent the spread of ANY virus and bacteria.
2. Use hand sanitizer when you are out in the public and cannot wash your hands.
3. Do not put your hand in or on your eyes, nose and mouth.  This is how you introduce the virus to your own system if it gets on your hands.
4. If you cough, cough into your elbow or a tissue.  If you cough into a tissue, throw it away.
5. If you have any symptoms of the COVID - 19 virus (see the document below), be sure to call your doctor first.  Don't just go to the emergency room.  If you do not have the COVID - 19, you may expose yourself to it.  Be wise and call your doctor first.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me by email or by phone.  Our eyes are on the Lord!  He only is our help and shield in the face of this or any crisis that we may face.  We want to be a good testimony for our Lord Jesus Christ in the midst of all of these events that are taking place in our community and our nation.

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.  (Psalms 121:1-3)

In His grace,
Pastor Peront

Overview

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause illnesses such as the common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). In 2019, a new coronavirus was identified as the cause of a disease outbreak in China.

The virus is now known as the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease it causes is called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Cases of COVID-19 have been reported in a growing number of countries, including the U.S. Public health groups, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are monitoring the situation and posting updates on their websites. These groups have also issued recommendations for preventing and treating the illness.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 may appear two to 14 days after exposure and can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

The severity of COVID-19 symptoms can range from very mild to severe. People who are older or have existing medical conditions, such as heart disease, may be at higher risk of serious illness. This is similar to what is seen with other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza.

When to see a doctor

Contact your doctor right away if you have COVID-19 symptoms and you've possibly been exposed to the virus. Tell your doctor if you've recently traveled internationally. Call your doctor ahead to tell him or her about your symptoms and recent travels and possible exposure before you go to your appointment.

Causes

It's unclear exactly how contagious the new coronavirus is. It appears to be spreading from person to person among those in close contact. It may be spread by respiratory droplets released when someone with the virus coughs or sneezes.

Risk factors

Risk factors for COVID-19 appear to include:

  • Recent travel from or residence in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19 as determined by CDC or WHO
  • Close contact with someone who has COVID-19 — such as when a family member or health care worker takes care of an infected person

Prevention

Although there is no vaccine available to prevent infection with the new coronavirus, you can take steps to reduce your risk of infection. WHO and CDC recommend following the standard precautions for avoiding respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth if your hands aren't clean.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid sharing dishes, glasses, bedding and other household items if you're sick.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces you often touch.
  • Stay home from work, school and public areas if you're sick.

CDC doesn't recommend that healthy people wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. Only wear a mask if a health care provider tells you to do so.

WHO also recommends that you:

  • Avoid eating raw or undercooked meat or animal organs.
  • Avoid contact with live animals and surfaces they may have touched if you're visiting live markets in areas that have recently had new coronavirus cases.

 

This information was obtained at the Mayo Clinic website:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/symptoms-causes/syc-20479963