As our understanding and awareness of the COVID-19 situation grows, so does our conviction that our churches and members are an important part of a healthy community response. As we gather and greet each other, we can demonstrate our awareness and consideration for the health of those around us. Please continue to pray for our health and safety—and for all those who are personally impacted by this virus. Your prayerful support is a critical factor in the overall health of our churches and the communities we serve.
Adventist entities in the Pacific Southwest have been closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. A summary of recent updates and resources is linked below. For ongoing updates, please visit the website of the entities pertinent to you.
North American Division
NAD administration recently shared information regarding COVID-19 and the division’s response. Learn more via the link below.
Conferences in the Pacific Union
In keeping with the request of the governor of the State of California that all public gatherings of 250 or more be canceled or postponed, several conferences in the Pacific Union have suspended in-person worship services and meetings and moved to online worship and meetings. Please check the website of your local conference to stay informed about decisions to cancel worship services.
Pacific Union College
Pacific Union College has been closely monitoring the growing novel coronavirus (nCoV2019) situation. The campus M. D. and Director of Health Services are in regular contact with Napa County Public Health and their Communicable Disease Unit, and the current risk to PUC and surrounding community is low. Click below for updates and resources, made easily accessible as they are able.
La Sierra University
Toward maintaining the health and safety of our campus and regional community, and in keeping with widespread efforts to reduce potential exposure and spread of COVID-19, La Sierra University has made a number of operational decisions in its ongoing response. Read more via the link below.
Adventist Risk Management
With the continued spread for the novel (new) coronavirus COVID-19 causing concern around the world, Adventist Risk Management, Inc. (ARM) is committed to providing relevant information for our clients regarding best-practices for prevention and mitigation of this serious disease. Learn more via the link below.
Adventist Health hospitals and clinics are emphasizing fundamental infection prevention measures such as hand washing for associates and visitors, isolating infectious patients as appropriate, and providing personal protective equipment (such as masks, gloves, gowns, and eye protection) for associates and visitors if needed. They also follow new or additional prevention measures, issued by the CDC. Adventist Health has managed infectious disease on a regular basis and wants to reassure the public that their hospitals and clinics are safe. Read their suggestions for coronavirus preparedness via the link below.
Adventist Colleges Abroad
Adventist Colleges Abroad received news that the governments of Austria, France, and Spain will be closing all their schools for an extended period of time. ACA Program Directors have been requested to inform their students to change their flight itineraries for a departure as soon as possible—and students can remain safely on campus until the time of their imminent departure. ACA notes that the 30-day travel ban only applies to foreign nationals trying to enter the U. S., and not U. S. citizens seeking reentry. Learn more via the link below.