Dear Brothers & Sisters of the Diocese of San Joaquin,
I write to you because the news coverage on the Corona Virus (COVID 19) outbreak has raised questions & concerns for our congregations. In addition, the most recent case in the bay area brings this close to home.
First, pray for those afflicted around the world, for God to guide government and medical leaders in for caring the sick, and for the development of new vaccines.
Second, be aware that the impact in the United States is still quite limited (14 confirmed cases in the US as of 2/26) and our country is well positioned to deal with any outbreaks.
Third, be informed. I recommend periodically checking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at this www.cdc.gov .
Fourth, be prepared. Please remember that people who fear infection need the comfort of visual confirmation that we are being intentional in caring for them. I recommend the following actions:
We will monitor developments and pass onto you any helpful resources and information as they are needed and become available.
I pray for God’s guidance for you and His continued blessing upon our congregations.
Bp. Eric Menees