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 


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.


From the PA Council of Churches

We have been maintaining a page with a variety of COVID-19 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


From Heather E. Kimmel, General Counsel, UCC


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



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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