Be the light: Working together through the coronavirus outbreak

March 2020 · Coronavirus, Ministry News

Amid ongoing concerns about the coronavirus COVID-19, Saint Francis Ministries’ top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our employees and the children and families we serve.

“In times like these, I always think of the Desmond Tutu quote that talks about how ‘my humanity is bound up with yours,’” said The Very Rev. Robert N. Smith, dean, president and CEO. “As each one of us deals with the stress of this current crisis, it is important to Saint Francis that we stand together to support each other in any way possible. We are all in this together. As we work with families throughout the year, it’s clear how much of a difference it makes to know there are others willing to show up and offer their care and hope for healing. We will always do what we can to be that light.”

As this global health emergency evolves, know that we are working with state and federal agencies to ensure we are taking all necessary steps to protect those in our care. That includes encouraging remote meetings, practicing social distancing whenever possible, and following health recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and local health authorities.

Look to Saint Francis to provide up-to-date information as it becomes available to help you and those in your care keep safe. In the meantime, please follow good health etiquette:

  • stay home when you have a fever and until fever free for 24 hours,
  • wash hands with soapy water for 20 seconds (check out this hand-washing video from CDC),
  • sneeze into your arm or tissue (not your hands),
  • avoid close contact with others who are sick if possible,
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Keep up with what’s happening:

Centers for Disease Control

World Health Organization

Real-time map of COVID cases

and state and local health departments.

In the days ahead, let’s remember to look out for each other. In a crisis like this, we all belong to each other.