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Let’s Stay Safe and Keep Our
Faith in the Valley Strong

COVID-19 will not divide us as a community. Our faith in the Central Valley is strong and our faith in God is stronger. Together, we can make it through this coronavirus crisis and make sure everyone is receiving the necessary care and attention they need—no matter their race, faith or gender.

At Faith in the Valley, we believe in a society free of economic oppression, racism and discrimination in which everyone lives in a safe and healthy environment, everyone is respected and everyone is included and has agency over the decisions that shape their lives. That’s why it’s important that, during this COVID-19 pandemic, we make sure the people closest to the pain have a voice and get the help they need to weather this health crisis.

We also understand that as a faith community, we are what we need. Our collaboration, cooperation and co-creation during this moment will be the quickest way to prevent this virus from spreading in the Central Valley.

If you’re looking for help, use this website as your COVID-19 information and resource center for the Central Valley. If you’re looking to get involved in our coalition, we invite you to join us as we work to keep everyone safe and our faith in the Valley strong.

About the Disease

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world. Symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness.

While there is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19, there are some ways to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus. The best way to protect yourself is to stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with others.

Wear a cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth in public settings. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Also, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

What you need to know:

How COVID-19 is spread

You can become infected by coming into close contact (about 6 feet or two arm lengths) with a person who has COVID-19. COVID-19 is primarily spread from person to person.

Practice social distancing

If you must go in person to buy groceries and medicine, go to the doctor or complete banking activities, stay at least 6 feet away from others and disinfect items you must touch.

Prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick

Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.

Know your risk for severe illness

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more severe illness.

Frequently asked questions

How California Is Responding to COVID-19

On March 19, the State of California issued a stay-at-home order, requiring all residents to remain in their homes except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. The order is in place until further notice. Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about the stay-at-home order and how it affects you.

What's open?

Essential services will remain open, such as:

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
  • Banks
  • Laundromats/laundry services
  • Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services

What's closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Public events and gatherings
  • Convention Centers
  • Hair and nail salons

What businesses and organizations are exempt?

Businesses and organizations that provide critical infrastructure for the state are exempted, including health care and public health, public safety, food and agriculture and media. See the full list of exempt sectors (PDF).

What if I need to visit the doctor?

If you are feeling sick with flu-like symptoms, please first call your doctor, a nurse hotline, or an urgent care center.

If you need to go to the hospital, call ahead so they can prepare for your arrival. If you need to call 911, tell the 911 operator the exact symptoms you are experiencing so the ambulance provider can prepare to treat you safely.

When will coronavirus testing be available?

Gov. Newsom announced the COVID-19 Testing Task Force, a public-private collaboration that aims to quickly and significantly boost California’s testing capacity. The Task Force will work to scale up testing as demand increases.

For now, testing is available for people who

  • have coronavirus symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, and/or fever) AND
  • have a risk factor, such as
    • Contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19
    • Have a compromised immune system, or have serious chronic medical conditions.

Testing is also available for certain workers in essential industries. Learn more about testing and treatment at California Department of Public Health Coronavirus Updates.

Can I still exercise, go outside to get fresh air or walk my dog?

It’s okay to go outside to go for a walk or to exercise, as long as you maintain a safe social distance of six feet from people not in your household. Parks may be closed to help slow the spread of the virus. Check with local officials about park closures in your area.

You can walk your dog. You can also go to the vet or pet hospital if your pet is sick. Remember to distance yourself at least six feet from other pets and owners.

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