Attention NCC Church Members
The Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventist is committed to sharing current information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease and how this impacts our churches and schools. We value the health and safety of our employees, church members, and students.
Our current public health situation is fluid, and things keep changing rapidly. We follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the California Department of Public Health, and our county health departments. We continue to monitor public health mandates and recommendations, and we will notify you if our policies and practices change.
Care should always be taken to follow the simple health care guidelines provided by the CDC and medical experts. These include:
- Wash your hands carefully with soap and water; use sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol when washing hands is not possible.
- Cover your mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing. If you don’t have tissue available, then utilize your arm or sleeve to cover your mouth and nose.
- Maintain a safe distance from others—no less than six feet; avoid shaking hands, giving hugs, etc.
- Sanitize your living and work areas daily.
- Stay at home if you are sick.
- Seek medical treatment if you have any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19.
- Sign up to receive alert notifications from your county’s public health department.
In a recent statement, the North American Division leadership encouraged church members to stay connected: "Even in these uncertain times, we urge all our members to stay connected with family, friends, and church members through phone calls, texts, emails, social media, etc. We can encourage and support one another through these avenues of communication—and through prayer. We urge each member to continue to support the mission of the Church."
Along with the NAD, we take guidance from Ellen White: “God will not work a miracle to keep those from sickness who have no care for themselves, but are continually violating the laws of health and make no efforts to prevent disease. When we do all we can on our part to have health, then may we expect that the blessed results will follow, and we can ask God in faith to bless our efforts for the preservation of health” (Counsels on Health, p. 59).