COVID-19 Resource Center

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How can we process traumatic events like the COVID-19 pandemic?

Faith calls us to protect our loved ones, to protect our neighbors, and to protect and strengthen our communities. We will make it through this COVID-19 pandemic. We have to rely on faith – but wisdom, as well. Sacred text tells us that “faith without works is dead,” therefore we must all do our part and work together, alongside the medical experts and professionals who are working around the clock to help us protect our loved ones from this pandemic.

The PGC COVID-19 Resource Center will help us to do our part to help eliminate COVID -19 in our communities.

Risk Factors
Mask
Vaccine
3 Ws
Return to Church Guidelines
Million Dollar Winner
COVID-19 Variants
Outdoor or Indoor Activities

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Risk Factors

COVID-19 can affect anyone, and the disease can cause symptoms ranging from mild to very severe. For some other illnesses caused by respiratory viruses (such as influenza), some people may be more likely to have severe illness than others because they have characteristics or medical conditions that increase their risk. These are commonly called “risk factors.” Examples include older age or having certain underlying medical conditions.

  • COVID-19 most commonly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet or two arm lengths).
  • People with an “asymptomatic infection” (not feeling sick or showing symptoms) can spread the virus to others.
  • COVID-19 vaccines may keep you from getting seriously ill, or dying, should you become infected with the virus.
  • Older adults are at a greater risk of hospitalization or death if diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Long-standing, systemic health and social inequities have put many people from disproportionately affected racial and ethnic groups at increased risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19.

How to Select A Mask

When selecting a mask, there are many choices. Here are some do’s and don’ts. Do choose masks that

  • Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
  • Completely cover your nose and mouth
  • Fit snugly against the sides of your face and don’t have gaps
  • Have a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask
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Special Considerations
for Gaiters

Wear a gaiter with two layers, or fold it to make two layers

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Special Considerations
for Children

Find a mask that is made for children to help ensure proper fit. Check to be sure the mask fits snugly over the nose and mouth and under the chin and that there are no gaps around the sides. Do NOT put on children younger than 2 years old

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How to Clean Your Mask

Reusable masks should be washed regularly. Always remove masks correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used mask.

  • Include your mask with your regular laundry
  • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the mask
  • Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry
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You Have A Spot

What you should know:

  • The vaccine is free everywhere in North Carolina.
  • No photo ID or insurance is needed.
  • Depending on where you get your vaccine, you may need to make an appointment.
  • U.S. citizenship is not required or checked.
  • People can visit myspot.nc.gov to find a nearby vaccine location. Please note that only the two-shot Pfizer vaccine is authorized for 16 and 17 year olds. The website provides information on the brand available.
  • Are children able to get vaccinated? What about pregnant women? Find out the answers in our frequently asked questions about who can get a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • There are three (3) vaccines available. All of them will keep people from being hospitalized and dying. The faster we can get vaccinated, the quicker we can gain control over this pandemic and get back to the people and places we love.
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In mid-April, Ride United NC will begin connecting eligible individuals who already have a COVID-19 vaccine appointment to roundtrip transportation with the help of United Way of the Greater Triangle and @lyft, in partnership with @ncdotcom and others.

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You Have A Spot. Take Your Shot.

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Teens. Keep them safe, in school and with friends.

The tested, safe and effective Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available for teens ages 12 and up. Young people are vulnerable to the virus, just like everyone else. Getting your teen vaccinated is the best way to protect them, prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect family members and others.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will help keep teens safe during in-person classes and get them back to safely being with their family and friends.

Hanging out with friends, sports, choirs, camps, drama clubs and vacations — vaccinations for teens will bring back those special summer experiences that they’ve missed out on.

  • Go to MySpot.nc.gov to find a convenient place to get your teenager vaccinated or call 1-888-675-4567.
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Wear, Wait, and Wash

The NC Department of Health and Human Services is asking people to remember these three things as we stay strong and continue to slow the spread of COVID-19.

If you leave home, practice your Ws: Wear, Wait, Wash

  • Wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth.
  • Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.

These actions can protect our families and neighbors as the state works to ease restrictions while the virus is still circulating. All North Carolinians are encouraged to share this message in their businesses and through their organizations.

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18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
  • When leaving the sanctuary to use the restroom, please exit through the side door only and enter back into the sanctuary through the front door of the sanctuary. This process allows for appropriate social distancing for anyone entering/exiting the sanctuary, and allows us to keep a healthy environment for your safety and those of others.
  • We are loving church, and cannot wait until we’re all able to hug each other again! However, we are not recommending any physical touching, so we ask that you keep social distancing guidelines and refrain from any close proximity and physical touch.
  • The nursery will not be open during service time as of now.
  • If there are any families who plan to attend with small children and would like a designated area for this reason, there will be a separate area set aside where you will still be able to enjoy the Worship Service and hear the sermon. Please just let us know if you would like this preference when signing up to attend our Worship Service.
  • Sign up to attend Worship can be done either by calling the church at 919-363-5198, or by RSVP using the link below by Wednesday at 12:00 noon, starting the week of May 2nd, 2021.

Guidelines

Return To Church

We are delighted to begin welcoming you back to in person worship and can’t wait to begin seeing you all!

We are continuing to follow CDC Guidelines as we return, so we will ask all attendees to sign in upon arrival, and your temperature will also be taken.

For your continued safety and protection, there are important guidelines and expectations that have been established that we would ask everyone to adhere to as we begin the process of coming back to in-person worship on Sunday, May 2nd.

  • Please plan to arrive at the church at around 9:30am, in order to give yourself and your family ample time to find seating. There will not be designation of seating (meaning we cannot designate entire sections or rows to any specific family), so please arrive with enough time to obtain the seating you might desire with your family members.
  • Masks are REQUIRED for all attendees at all times, including children over the age of 2, so please make sure to bring your own masks.
  • Please make sure to sanitize hands before being seated/as you are walking into the sanctuary for the protection of yourself and others.
  • We kindly ask that you leave seat markers as they are on the seats and that they are not removed. Please only sit in seats where there are no markers.

YOU COULD BE A
$1MILLION WINNER!!!!!!
If you’re a North Carolinian adult vaccinated against COVID-19, you could win $1 million.

“Everyone who gets a COVID-19 vaccination is a winner! They protect themselves, their loved ones and others from severe illness, hospitalization and death. Millions of people have already taken the vaccines. These summer cash drawings add another reward to the many that come with getting a COVID-19 vaccination.” —Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of NCDHHS

  • It's easy to enter—get your vaccine!
    Anyone vaccinated starting June 10 will be entered TWICE to win Summer Cash. North Carolinians 18 and over who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine are automatically entered into four drawings for a chance to win a $1 million cash prize. Drawings will be held every other week starting June 23.
  • Already got your dose?
    Great! You’re automatically entered.
  • Summer Cash 4 School!
    Under 18? You’re entered into four drawings to win $125,000 for post-secondary education. The $125,000 can be used at any post-secondary institution and are awarded by funding a savings account in the NC 529 Plan.
  • Been waiting to get the vaccine?
    Get yours now and be entered TWICE! Already got your dose? Great! You’re automatically entered.
  • We’re also helping to pay for the time and transportation to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more about the $25 Summer Card for people who get vaccinated—or drive someone to their appointment!

COVID-19 Variants

Q&A (July 22, 2021 from multiple news outlets)

Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta
How variants of the COVID-19 virus continue to evolve. The delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has been making headlines as it has quickly become the most prevalent strain in America. But other variants of the virus are still out there, and more will form as the virus continues to spread.

For full article: Google the title of this article ©2021 The News & Observer. Visit at newsobserver.com. Distributed at Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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You are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 when you

  • Attend crowded, poorly ventilated indoor events
  • Have close contact with infected people at home

You are less likely to be exposed to COVID-19 when you

  • Attend outdoor activities
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart
  • Limit the amount of time spent with people who don’t live with you

Outdoor or Indoor Activities

If you want to spend time with people who don’t live with you, outdoors is the safer choice! You are less likely to be exposed to COVID-19 during outdoor activities, even without the use of masks.

Why Outside is a Safer Choice

COVID-19 spreads more easily indoors than outdoors. Studies show that people are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 when they are closer than 6 feet apart from others for longer periods of time.

Things You Can Do To Be Safer

  • Wear a mask consistently and correctly over your nose and mouth.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
  • In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings.
  • In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
  • People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask, until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from people who don’t live with you.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Avoid places that are poorly ventilated or crowded.
  • Wash your hands.