COVID-19 Updates

Updates and Resources Regarding COVID-19 — Please check each section as new posts are added as they become available. Thank you.

(7.10.2020)  Disaster Resource: Medication Management + Building a First Aid Kit from Single Care  – Here is the new guide, Medication Disaster Plan,

(6.25.2020)  COVID-19 Relief Funds for Churches — The United Church of Christ National Setting is offering financial assistance to local churches whose ministries have been challenged by the novel coronavirus pandemic.  The national officers have collectively identified $2.6 million in COVID-19 relief, $1.5 million in loans that will be administered through the Cornerstone Fund and another $1.1 million in micro grantsClick here for full information and to apply.

(6.23.2020) In Depth COVID Considerations on regathering: CLICK HERE

(6.9.2020) –  The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act was signed into law on Friday. Attached please find a brief summary of the key changes, some of which may affect a church’s decision to apply for a PPP or how it uses the funds.

COVID-19 Resource Guide from UCC Insurance Board  posted 6.2.2020

COVID-19 Liability FAQ Insurance Board    posted 6.2.2020

“Keeping You Posted” – COVID19 economic relief package of the national setting  posted 5.26.2020

‘Things Will Never Be the Same’ – How the Pandemic Changed Worship

Here is a link to the guidance the CDC tried to provide us.  There are specific guidelines for faith communities in this.   Click Here

Click Here for Individual & Community Preparedness Newsletter (FEMA) – In This Issue:Ready Tips, CERT & Communities, Children & Disasters, Important Dates

BREAKING NEWS: Key Takeaways for Churches from the Governor’s Press Conference 5.4.2020 

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From the National UCC

   Click here for the COVID-19 Daily Briefing Archive 

You should be able to go there Monday through Friday to get updates.

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From the PA Council of Churches

We have been maintaining a page with a variety of COVID-19 resources (https://www.pachurches.org/covid-19-coronavirus-resources/), updated nearly daily. Here are the most recent additions: (5.12.2020)

 

Here are the latest postings we have concerning COVID-19 information:  (posted 5/1/2020)

Governor Wolf Signs Bills Aimed at Fighting COVID-19 in Pennsylvania; Other COVID-19 Actions in PA

Emergency Housing for Isolated & Quarantined Persons in Pennsylvania 

New PA Department of Agriculture COVID-19 Resources

New PA Department of Health COVID-19 Resources

New Federal COVID-19 Resources

Food Connect Food Donation Quick Start Guide

United Way of PA Publishes COVID-19 Resources for the Public

PA Budget and Policy Center and Keystone Research Center Work on the COVID-19 Crisis

How Will The Coronavirus Stimulus Bill’s Individual Payments Work?

Blessings and peace,  Sandy

Rev. Sandra L. Strauss, Director of Advocacy & Ecumenical Outreach, PA Council of Churches

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From Heather E. Kimmel, General Counsel, UCC

5.13.2020_Paycheck-Protection-Program-Frequently-Asked-Questions

UPDATED 5.4.2020 CARES Act For Churches

Liquidity, Necessity, and FAQ 31  uploaded on 5/1/2020

SBA’s recently released FAQ for religious organizations applying for loans under the CARES Act.  Click Here to read

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Sources:

Increasing Connections and Overcoming Isolation (UCC Mental Health Justice Network

Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak (W.H.O.)

The National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) Updated Guide

Coronavirus Update: Mental Health Guidance, Public Health News and Resources

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration provides a 24-hour-a-day “Disaster Distress Hotline,” crisis counseling to support people experiencing distress during or following a disaster, including those impacted by the novel coronavirus spread. The hotline offers immediate, cost-free and confidential counseling at 800-985-5990. Those who need help can also text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 to connect with a trained counselor. 

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