In view of concern for pandemic coronavirus St Paul & St. John Lutheran Churches have developed the following emergency response plan. To ensure successful preparedness for, response to, and recovery from a coronavirus outbreak, the principles of coordination, communication and cooperation are used throughout the execution of this plan.
This document is provided as a guideline to establish the decision-making and coordinating structures for response to pandemic coronavirus in the event needed in our community.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals. In humans the coronavirus causes mild to severe respiratory symptoms. SARS, MERS, and COVID-19 can be fatal.
SARS-CoV-2COVID-19 is a betacoronavirus that has its origin in bats. Many patients infected with the virus were linked to large seafood and live animal markets, which suggests animal to person spread. However there has been additional infected patients reported that did not come in contact with animals that suggest person to person spread. Signs and Symptoms of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 infection include:
- a) Fever
- b) Tiredness
- c) Dry Cough
- d) Shortness of Breath
- e) Body Aches
- f) Body Pains
- g) Nasal Congestion
- h) Runny Nose
- i) Sore Throat
- j) Diarrhea
Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days and last up to 14 days after exposure.
SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 is spread person to person. Persons are at risk if they are within 6-feet of another person with the infection and respiratory droplets produced when the infected person coughs or sneezes are ingested. SAR-CoV-2/COVID-19 can also by spread by touching surfaces or objects that are contaminated with the virus and then touch their own eyes, nose, or mouth. If a person has these symptoms, they should seek medical intervention immediately.
SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Pandemic Prevention and Response Plan