The Archdiocese of Chicago is closely monitoring the news regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 and actively planning for any potential circumstances. We are adhering to all guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC has labeled the current Coronavirus outbreak as a serious public health threat.
Below are guidelines from the CDC, which we will update as the guidance changes, as well as specific actions we are taking throughout the Archdiocese.
Individual Preventive Actions
Stay home when you are sick and if you have a fever, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
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.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash immediately and not on any hard surface. If tissues are not available, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Eliminate open sources of shared snacks and food in the workplace.
Stop shaking hands.
The health and well-being of all within our archdiocesan community is of utmost priority. We will stay connected to the CDC’s evolving guidance and share new information as soon as possible.
Finally, please pray that all those involved in identifying a vaccine are given wisdom, those caring for the sick are provided strength, and those suffering from this illness are granted relief.