Resources for Community- and Faith-Based Leaders

Plan, prepare, and respond to coronavirus disease 2019

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Guidance Highlights for Community- and Faith-Based Organizations

Get Prepared:

  • Coordinate with local public health officials.
  • Require staff, volunteers, and members to stay home if sick.
  • Teach and reinforce everyday preventive actions.
  • Clean and disinfect
  • Communicate with staff, volunteers, and members regularly.
  • Plan and monitor staff absenteeism.

If there is minimal or moderate spreadpdf icon in the local community:

If there is substantial spreadpdf icon in the local community:

  • Continue steps above and follow the directions of state and local authorities.
  • Cancel all in-person group activities.
  • Limit access of non-essential visitors to the facility.

If there is COVID-19 within your organization or facility:

  • Activate your emergency plan and notify public health officials.
  • Give any person who is sick a facemask and separate them from others until they can go home.
  • Clean and disinfect the facility.
  • Communicate with staff and members about possible exposure.

At all times…

  1. Encourage your staff or community members to protect their personal health.

  2. Post the signs and symptoms of COVID-19:
    fever, cough, shortness of breath.

  3. Encourage people to stay home when sick.

  4. Clean surfaces that are frequently touched – things such as shared desks, countertops, kitchen areas, electronics, and doorknobs.

  5. Limit events and meetings that require close contact.

  6. Stay up to date on developments in your community.

  7. Create an emergency plan for possible outbreak.

  8. Assess if community members are at higher risk and plan accordingly.

During an outbreak in your area

  1. Send home or separate anyone who becomes sick.
  2. If you identify a case, inform people who might have been exposed.
  3. Continue to safely clean and disinfect the person's area.
  4. Connect with your local health departmentexternal icon.

  5. Cancel large meetings or events.
  6. Put your infectious disease outbreak plan into action.