Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

The news about coronavirus (more specifically known as COVID-19) continues to grow, with the number of infections and deaths increasing in the US. Many are rightly asking “what can we do to respond?” The very first step is prayer. We begin in prayer that the Lord of all will bring healing to those who are sick, comfort to those who mourn, and an end to the spread of this virus.

This page has been created as a repository for the latest information and updates that are applicable to PSD churches and schools.

The situation around COVID-19 is very fluid - the content and resources in these pages can change rapidly based on new developments. PLEASE MONITOR OFFICIAL INFORMATION  AND NEWS REGULARLY FOR CURRENT UPDATES.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

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Latest Information

The Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 website publishes the latest updates.

CDC's current risk assessment (CDC last updated 04/19/2020):

Risk of Exposure:

  • Cases of COVID-19 and instances of community spread are being reported in all states.

  • People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure, with the level of risk dependent on the location.

  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.

  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.

  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure, with level of risk dependent on where they traveled.


Risk of Severe Illness:

Based on what we know now, persons at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:


CDC Recommends (CDC last updated 04/19/2020)
Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:

  • CDC is recommending the use of a cloth face covering to keep people who are infected but do not have symptoms from spreading COVID-19 to others.

  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.

  • The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Medical face masks are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders, as recommended by CDC.

  • The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

  • CDC continues to recommend that people try keep about 6 feet between themselves and others.

On April 16, the White House released Guidelines for Opening Up America Againexternal icon, a phased approach to help state and local officials reopen their economies, get people back to work, and continue to protect American lives.

Rolling updates are available from the World Health Organization.

Links to the latest updates:


State Health Departments

Recent additions to this site

Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 Situation Summary

World Health Organization COVID-19 Information

Congregational Planning for Pandemics document provided by the LCMS


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