The Slovenian Catholic Center’s Ongoing Response to COVID-19
In an effort to keep our community safe from transmission of COVID19, the Slovenian Catholic Center will be following direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Based on the information released on March 15th, the Slovenian Catholic Center will remain closed until May 15, 2020. This means that, as of today, the Palm Sunday Brunch, the Appreciation Dinner and Annual Meeting, as well as Mother’s Day festivities, are being canceled or postponed. Please check for our communications and regular updates on when we will re-open.
From the CDC:
This interim guidance is intended for organizers and staff responsible for planning mass gatherings or large community events in the United States. A mass gathering is a planned or spontaneous event with a large number of people in attendance that could strain the planning and response resources of the community hosting the event, such as a concert, festival, conference, or sporting event.
-Larger gatherings (for example, more than 250 people) offer more opportunities for person-to-person contact and therefore pose a greater risk of COVID-19 transmission.
-Older adults and persons with severe pre-existing health conditions are thought to be at increased risk.
-Based on what is currently known about the virus, spread from person-to-person happens most frequently among close contacts (within 6 feet).
-Cancel gatherings of more than 10 people for organizations that serve higher-risk populations.
Everyone can do their part to help plan, prepare, and respond to this emerging public health threat.
What is coronavirus disease 2019?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
Can I get COVID-19?
Yes. COVID-19 is spreading from person to person in parts of the world. Risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19, for example, healthcare workers, or household members. Other people at higher risk for infection are those who live in or have recently been in an area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19.
Learn more about places with an ongoing spread at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html#geographic.
The current list of global locations with cases of COVID-19is available on CDC’s web page at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/locations-confirmed-cases.html.
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
-shortness of breath
People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
-If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should
-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.
Is there a vaccine?
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often.
Is there a treatment?
There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19.People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.