We believe that “God works all things according to the counsel of his will” (Eph. 2:11). When many are tempted to fear and panic, we know our hope is in Jesus Christ. Though we are never promised physical security, we find eternal safety through faith in Christ. As Paul said, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things” (Rom. 8:32).
We want to keep you up to date with the latest announcements as our lives are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Please check this page regularly for information about special announcements and resources. If you have any questions, email us at [email protected].
WHAT IS A NOVEL CORONAVIRUS?
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
HOW DOES THE VIRUS SPREAD?
The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in many affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.
HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF?
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE HAD CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS COVID-19?
SHOULD I WEAR A FASK MASK OR COVERING?
IS IT SAFE TO GET CARE FOR MY OTHER MEDICAL CONDITIONS DURING THIS TIME?
- It is important to continue taking care of your health and wellness. If you have a chronic health problem, you may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Below are some things you can to do to take care of your health during this time.
- Continue your medications, and do not change your treatment plan without talking to your healthcare provider.
- Continue to manage your disease the way your healthcare provider has told you.
- Have at least a 2-week supply of all prescription and non-prescription medications. Talk to your healthcare provider, insurer, and pharmacist about getting an extra supply of prescription medications, if possible, to reduce trips to the pharmacy.
- Talk to your healthcare provider about whether your vaccinations are up-to-date.People aged 65 years or older, and those with some underlying medical conditions, are recommended to receive vaccinations against influenza and pneumococcal disease as soon as your provider tells you that can.
- Call your healthcare provider
- if you have any concerns about your medical conditions, or if you get sick.
- to find out about different ways you can connect with your healthcare provider for chronic disease management or other conditions. Ask about phone calls, video appointments, use of the patient portal, emails and mailings. Learn more about telehealth hereexternal icon.
- Do not delay getting emergency care for your health problems or any health condition that requires immediate attention.
- If you need emergency help, call 911.
- Emergency departments have infection prevention plans to protect you from getting COVID-19 if you need care for your medical condition.
- Continue to practice everyday prevention: wash your hands often, keep space between yourself and others, cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around other people, cover coughs and sneezes, and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces often.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTONS OF COVID-19?
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
Read more about COVID-19 Symptoms.
HOW CAN I GET TESTED?
Two kinds of tests are available for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests. A viral test checks for a current infection. An antibody test checks for a previous infection.
If you think you need a viral test, call your healthcare provider or state or localexternal icon health department and tell them about your symptoms and how you think you may have been exposed to the virus. Your healthcare provider can let you know if they offer viral tests at their office. Your state or local health department can provide local information on where testing is available. See Testing for Current Infection for more information.
If you want an antibody test, call your healthcare provider to see if they offer antibody tests and whether you should get one. You can also visit your state or local health department’s website for local information on antibody testing.
WHO IS AT HIGHER RISK FOR SERIOUS ILLNESS FROM COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Based on what we know now, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:
- People aged 65 years and older
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People who are immunocompromised
- Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
- People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] ≥40)
- People with diabetes
- People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
- People with liver disease
6.26.20 | WELCOME HOME POSTPONED
6.13.20 | WE'RE COMING BACK HOME
The rapid spread of Covid-19 brought dramatic changes to the way people work, communicate, learn, and gather. We the Elders of NDCBF know that there are those who are very concerned about returning to worship and we understand; we are there with you. We also know that there are those who desire to return as soon as possible; our hearts are with you as well. With this in mind, our first priority is the safety of all as we fulfill the will of God in this season of ministry. Please continue to pray for us as your elders, as we pray for you all, and we ask that all members of NDCBF seek the wisdom of God. This wisdom has led us to the plan we now place before you. Please know that we have labored and toiled over this plan and believe, based on all data that we have received from other churches, state and local government offices, CDC, and medical professionals that this plan is the right one for us at this time. With the guidance of the Spirit of God, our plans are as follows.
4.27.20 | A MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR
3.22.20 | CHURCH OFFICE CHANGES
3.21.20 | UPDATES FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
3.13.20 | SERVICES WILL BE ONLINE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
- All rehearsals and classes are canceled for Saturday, March 14.
- No in-person worship or classes on Sunday, March 15.
- The building will be closed to all evening activities next week.
- Our offices will be open Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm and our staff will be on-hand for assistance.