Covid-19 Information

We will post information on this page relevant to the Covid-19 pandemic

Following is an excellent series on the virus and its implications presented by Arnold Sandridge, an elder in the Chicago Church of God and employed by a major pharmaceutical company with a background in infectious diseases (four parts with slides, see the Church of God of Chicago Facebook page):
https://www.facebook.com/119838991406559/videos/904908533263960/

Websites with data pertaining to the virus, including confirmed cases, deaths, trends, from a worldwide view down to zip codes in Sacramento County:
https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html (world, country, US, State and County numbers)
https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx (Sacramento County detailed information including down to Zip Codes)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx (California Department of Public Health)
https://covid19.ca.gov/ (Governor Newsom’s page including latest press releases and statewide orders and numbers)

Information regarding individual Economic Impact Payments (“Stimulus Payment”) of $1,200 per person (see who is eligible):
https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments

Information on obtaining a loan (perhaps forgivable) under the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) for small businesses (note: we are finding that generally the eligible business must have had a prior business banking relationship with an SBA lender prior to a certain date.  The first package was prior to 2/15/20.  Otherwise these loans have been very difficult to get):
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program

This is sometimes a helpful app to inquire about availability of household items (groceries, cleaners, paper products, etc) in your neighborhood.  You need at least a smartphone with access to a WIFI, hotspot or a data plan:
https://nextdoor.com/

You can now get tested for COVID-19 at a drive through location by completing an online application and creating an account.  The County is partnering with Verily, an Alphabet (Google) company.  They in turn are partnering with a variety of other professional and governmental entities.  Your test, if you are approved for screening, will have results usually in less than a week.  They will look at factors such as age, prior health conditions, exposure to others with Covid-19, or symptoms to determine if you are eligible.  There is no cost to you and you never leave your car.  Evidently it tests for the virus and not for antibodies (recovery from a prior infection).  There is at least one test site at Cal Expo (may be others).
https://www.projectbaseline.com/study/covid-19/

May 1 order pertaining to Covid-19 by Sacramento County, effective 11:59 pm May 1, extending the prior order (with modifications) to May 22, 2020:
https://www.saccounty.net/news/latest-news/Pages/SacCounty-Health-Officer-Extends-COVID-19-Order.aspx

May 22 order pertaining to Covid-19 by Sacramento County, effective 11:59 pm May 22, extending the prior order until rescinded. With regard to churches:
https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Documents/2020-05-22%20Health%20Order%20Stay%20at%20Home%20May%2022%202020%20Orig.pdf

Religious/Cultural: –Drive-through religious services*
Faith-based counseling can reopen within the following parameters:

  1. Counseling services are permissible in-person where the service cannot reasonably be practiced remotely;
  2. Counseling services should adopt state guidance on Limited Services, where applicable;
  3. This designation does not permit gatherings beyond counseling to members of a single household.

There is no change yet regarding indoor worship, which for all intents and purposes is not permitted under the current County ordinance.  That we expect will change in Phase 3 (we are now in Phase 2B, or the latter half of phase 2).