The Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists: https://www.oregonadventist.org/news/updated-guidelines-for-oregon-conference-entities-regarding-covid-19
From the Oregon Health Authority (OHA)
OHA is expanding coverage of telehealth and telephone services in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Access the Oregon Health Plan coverage of telephone/telemedicine/telehealth services updated March 20, 2020 here: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HSD/OHP/Announcements/Oregon%20Health%20Plan%20coverage%20of%20telemedicine%20services.pdf
The Oregon Health Authority: https://www.oregon.gov/OHA/HSD/OHP/Pages/COVID-19.aspx
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov
CDC Helpful facts to guide conversations with children about COVID-19 for parents, school staff and other people working with children: https://bit.ly/39oYPln
The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. As the local impact and response continues to change rapidly, it’s critical that we take prompt and decisive action to safeguard our church community. Slowing the spread of the virus is what we as a state have been asked to do. In order for us to be in compliance we will implement social distancing as requested by Governor Kate Brown.
What this means for our church
All church meetings will be cancelled through March 26th at which time we will reassess the needs of the community to determine reopening. Monday bible study, Wednesday prayer meeting and community services will not take place during the closure. Board and other meetings will take place via conference call if needed.
Sabbath Mornings at 11:15am
Sabbath Mornings at noon
Prayer Line: 1-888-791-7913 - Open Monday mornings at 6am, daily devotions 9-9:30am, Wednesday evenings 7-8pm and Sabbath's at noon.
Since the church will be closed for a few weeks we would like to encourage everyone to continue giving financially. There are a couple of ways this can happen, via the Sharon church web page at: sharonsda.net or by clicking this secure link: https://adventistgiving.org/#/org/ANIFOL/envelope/start or merely mailing your contribution to the church office, please designate how your monies should be distributed - 5209 NE 22nd Ave. Portland, Or 97211.
Prepare don’t Panic.
Preventing the spread of Germs:
Keeping our hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. It's best to wash your hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds.
If soap and clean water are not available, use an alcohol-based product to clean your hands. Alcohol-based hand rubs are fast acting and significantly reduce the number of germs on skin.
With soap and water:
- Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
- Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
- Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing “Happy Birthday” twice.
- Rinse hands well under running water.
- Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer.
- Use your paper towel to turn off the faucet.
With alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
- Apply product to the palm of one hand.
- Rub hands together.
- Rub the product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry.
You should wash your hands:
- Before preparing or eating food.
- After going to the bathroom.
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has gone to the bathroom.
- Before and after tending to someone who is sick.
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- After handling an animal or animal waste.
- After handling garbage.
- Before and after treating a cut or wound.
Cover your cough
Many respiratory illnesses—including serious ones such as influenza and pertussis (whooping cough)—are spread by coughing or sneezing. Some respiratory illnesses can also spread by direct contact—for example, after someone’s hands become contaminated by droplets from coughing or sneezing.
These illnesses spread most easily in crowded places or households where people are in close contact. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not into your hands.
What to do if you get sick
Help yourself get better and avoid spreading your illness to others by:
- Getting ample amounts of rest.
- Staying home from work or school and church.
- Drinking extra liquids – at least one glass of water or juice every waking hour.
Get the latest
- Oregon response(link is external): The Oregon Health Authority leads the state response.
- United States response(link is external): The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.
- Global response(link is external): The World Health Organization guides the global response.