Checklists and Guides

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There are some Federal Guides that may be of use to you:

  • Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities: Interim Recommendations for U.S. Community Facilities with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools and Homes – This jointly developed guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is intended for all Americans, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home. This plan is part of the larger United States Government plan and focuses on cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and can also be applied to your home.
    • If your workplace, school, or business has been unoccupied for 7 days or more, it will only need your normal routine cleaning to reopen the area. This is because the virus that causes COVID-19 has not been shown to survive on surfaces longer than this time.
  • List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) – All products on this list meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Beyond the guidance above if you are looking for what material staff members should become familiar with to limit the spread, the CDC has a Community and Faith-Based Organizations portal.

There are a number of other COVID-19 resources across the Federal Government. If you are interested in what programs other agencies are doing, whether it be for feeding or for schools, you can find an index at https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus.

Situational Awareness

Based on your comments, it is clear there is still a lot of confusion surrounding COVID-19. Multiple entities are sharing information and it is not always easy to see how it fits together. The following links may be of help to your faith and community leaders:

  • The Voluntary Organization Information System for Engagement (VOISE) continues to post briefings, advisories and resources which can help make sense of what is going on and next steps.
  • Remember, you can always check FEMA’s COVID-19 Coronavirus Rumor Control page as well.
  • Should you encounter suspected fraud the Department of Justice, Health and Human Services and the Federal Trade Commission are partnering to stop it and more detail on their efforts and how to report it can be found here.

Temperature Screening

There are a number of ways to protect congregants. Based on the responses we received we see Houses of Worship doing everything from virtual services (live and recorded) to drive-ins outside their buildings and rearranging their facilities for social distancing and providing masks inside their buildings. However, based on the comments some are considering going a step farther and asked about taking temperatures. The CDC has a FAQ called   “Should we be screening employees for COVID-19 symptoms (such as temperature checks)? What is the best way to do that?” What makes sense for you will be based on the risk locally, the feelings of your membership and local regulations concerning COVID-19.


Public Assistance

All 50 states, the District of Columbia, five territories, and numerous tribes are working directly with FEMA under the nationwide emergency declaration for COVID-19. Under this emergency declaration certain private non-profit (PNP) organizations are eligible to apply for reimbursements through FEMA’s Public Assistance program for eligible emergency work necessary to save lives or protect public health and safety. The most common example of eligible work we have seen under this program regards disinfecting, sanitizing facilities and supplies or contracting to do the work. The work should be consistent with current public health guidance as it relates to disinfection recommendations. Work with your State, Territorial or Tribal Emergency Management to create an account for the Grants Portal system.

Feeding

Several of you are providing food to those in need. There may be some other options for partnerships:

The USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program announced they would be extending operations to August 30: https://www.ams.usda.gov/selling-food-to-usda/farmers-to-families-food-box. You can find the USDA Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives as part of their Office of Partnerships and Public Engagements at https://www.usda.gov/partnerships. For general enquires you can reach the at collaborate@usda.gov and they should be able to find more specific information about participation and other USDA feeding programs.

It is also worth reaching out to your local boards as part of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) for future rounds of grant funding. Since 1983, in its 38-year history, the EFSP will have distributed $5.03 billion to over 14,000 human service agencies in more than 2,500 communities across the country through this collaborative effort between the private and public sectors. In in accordance with the legislation, the National Board encourages Local Boards, the decision-making local bodies, to place special emphasis on identification of and assistance to the elderly, families with children, Native Americans and Veterans. Information about CARES Act allocations can be found here: https://www.efsp.unitedway.org/efsp/website/websiteContents/index.cfm?template=fy2020info.cfm