OWENSBORO, Ky (WEHT) The Diocese of Owensboro has released a statement on how the church is preparing for a potential coronavirus outbreak.
The diocese says it is closely monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) regarding the spread of this respiratory disease. The diocese has a flu pandemic policy that would be adapted and go into effect if the coronavirus becomes pandemic. This includes adjustments made in terms of liturgy, parishes, schools, and diocesan events.
In terms of Mass, Bishop William F. Medley believes it may be “prudent to not offer the chalice containing the Precious Blood to the congregation throughout the season of Lent.” This will be reevaluated after Lent and further recommendations made. As always during flu season, it is permissible to offer the Sign of Peace without the handshake.
This is a good time to remind individuals, families and schools of everyday preventative good practices to keep from spreading any type of virus:
- 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 close contact with those who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick (you should be fever-free for 24 hours before any public contact).
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw away the tissue and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean frequently touched areas/surfaces.
(This story was originally published on March 5, 2020)