Corona Virus (COVID - 19) Info-From the Desk of the Senior Pastor
Dear NCH Family,
At NCH, we value community and believe it is our core responsibility to meet the spiritual needs of the community; and not only the spiritual needs but also the practical needs which includes caring for the health and physical well-being of the community.
We are fully aware of concerns over the COVID-19 virus and are keeping a close eye on the situation as it affects our worship services and group meetings. At this time, health officials are not recommending the cancellation of public events or Sunday church gatherings.
Therefore, New Covenant House will remain open and we will continue to have services on Sunday mornings, as well as bible study, prayer meetings, life groups: Synergy, Spaces, The Forge, Ladies Alive; Fusion meetings, and our Rock Institute Growth Track. However, if local and or state health officials recommend closure or we determine it is in the best interest to not meet together in person, we will inform everyone through our website, emails, text messages and social media.
For this weekend and at least through March, we are taking the following actions:
• Our facilities staff has updated procedures and is performing frequent deep-cleaning of all facilities, and taking proper precautions for disinfecting between cleanings.
• You will notice additional hand sanitizing stations located around the church for your convenience.
• Our staff, ushers, and guest services teams will continue to create a warm and personable welcome for everyone entering our doors, however, they will not be offering a handshake to go along with their smile.
• We ask you to also refrain from shaking, hugging or holding hands during the welcome and benediction time in our worship services. I will be
• Join us as we pray for protection, healing for those infected, wise decisions for the church, and timely vaccines for the virus to be developed.
We ask that you help us in this effort by:
• Staying home if you are sick and join us for worship using our Website, APP, Facebook, or YouTube streaming functions.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds using soap and water, especially after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or using the bathroom.
The uncertainty surrounding this outbreak is clearly creating a lot of anxiety in the country, and in our day-to-day activities. But we remain certain of God’s love. The bible says in Psalm 46, God is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, be not afraid.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Safety Information
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person and can spread before people show symptoms.
Between people within about 6 feet of each other.
Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Possibly by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Patients have reported mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms like:
Shortness of breath
How can I prevent COVID-19?
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure to this virus by taking the precautions you take to avoid the flu. Everyday recommendations include:
•Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
•Stay home when you are sick.
•Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
•Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
•Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
•Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. ◦If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
What do I do if I think I may have COVID-19?
If you are experiencing fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and you have traveled to infected countries, been exposed to a sick traveler, or been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you should contact your healthcare provider. Be sure to call ahead before going to your doctor’s office or emergency department to prevent any potential spread.
Helpful Websites with Additional Information:
· A DSHS COVID-19 Call Center was established and an email box created to receive incoming questions from the general public.
a. Email: coronavirus@
b. DSHS COVID-19 Call Center: 1-877-570-9779
c. Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday