Faith Leaders

10 Actions for Faith Leaders to Respond to COVID-19

NCDHHS recognizes the powerful role faith leaders play in our communities and congregations. We need your help, as Dr. Mandy Cohen, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, outlines in this letter.

Below is a list of actions to consider to help protect our communities and slow the spread of COVID-19.

1. Follow NCDHHS guidance for places of worship to protect your community.

  • Review the most up-to-date Guidance for Places of Worship in English and Spanish.

2. Keep your congregation and faith community informed about prevention, testing, contact tracing, and community supports.

3. Urge community members to “Get Behind the Mask.”

4. Encourage your congregation to download and use the mobile app SlowCOVIDNC.

  • Use the SlowCOVIDNC toolkit to promote the app. SlowCOVIDNC is an anonymous exposure notification application for your smart phones that can alert you if you have recently come into contact with another SlowCOVIDNC user who has tested positive.
  • Watch the SlowCOVIDNC Demonstration Video to learn more about how the application works.

5. Urge your congregation to get tested for COVID-19 if they have symptoms or think they’ve been exposed.

  • Use our sample email to encourage members of your congregation to get tested.
  • Help people find a nearby testing site using Find My Testing Place. If someone is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or thinks they have been exposed to COVID-19, then they should get tested.
  • Let people know that if they are uncertain about needing a test, they can use Check My Symptoms.
  • Share widely that resources and support are available for anyone who needs to quarantine or isolate because of a positive COVID-19 test result or if they were exposed to the virus.

6. Host a testing event in your community.

7. Help connect people to resources and supports.

  • NCDHHS developed the COVID-19 Support Services Program to support individuals in North Carolina who need access to medical care, resources, and services to successfully quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19.
  • NCCARE360 is our statewide coordinated care network that connects people with  community resources and support.

8. Distribute masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE).

9. Encourage people to participate in contact tracing.

10. Amplify messages on social media.