News March 2020

Michael Mooney, Exec. Elder

Many aspects of living have improved over the last 100 years more than all of world history combined.  Especially in areas of health!  Despite such progress, the viewing of a few news reports will leave you thinking the world drowning in chaos while being overtaken by plagues and diseases -leading to a zombie apocalypse (factious tone).

The Coronavirus is the centerpiece of news reports today.  It is a serious problem which requires our attention.  But that is not to say that the news should require our attention.  In my city, Greenville SC I was informed the other day that a fist fight occurred at the Dollar Tree over the purchase of hand sanitizer.  Toilet paper is becoming scarce and limited to 4 per purchase when it is available.

Why?  

0.001%

That is the percentage of US citizens who are confirmed to have the Coronavirus!

Yet to listen to the news, it seems so much worse.

Sensationalism is tactic used by news reporters and media agencies to excite the attention of viewers in order to achieve higher ratings and subscribers.  This form of manipulation is achieved by appealing to emotions with over emphasized, insignificant, biased, and controversial information; portraying it as affecting society at large.  Unfortunately, it is rarely done by attention to positivity or optimism.

Protect Yourself from Poor Thinking!

Negativity bias a term which describes the default tendency for people to focus on negative information.

Availability bias describes the tendency to overestimate the significance of negative information.

Confirmation bias explains the inclination to find “proof” of the negative report.

Action Plan

Keep yourself updated out of necessity while knowing when it is time to turn off news reports.  Don’t let that chaos fill your mind with fear.

Ask the Lord if you may have an addiction to negativity.

Fill your mind with the Good News and be prepared to answer fear with words of hope!

We must stand apart from the world, even more during times like these.  It is important to take precautions to ensure safety.  This is an opportunity for ministers to share the hope and peace which comes only from our Father.  We can not permit ourselves to become fearful and unreasonable like those who do not believe.  We should remember the Word of God which tells us how to respond:

Php 4:6-8

(6)  do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

(7)  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

(8)  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”  (Psa 27:1).

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Latest Updates to Safety Precautions Taken to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus Per US State as of 03-17-2020

ALABAMA : All K-12 schools closed for two weeks; state of emergency issued

ALASKA: Public schools closed for two weeks; State Capitol in Juneau, Alaska closed to the public as well as all government buildings; several public spaces shut down by the Municipality of Anchorage (the Brett Ice Arena, borough libraries, swimming pools, municipal recreation centers, ice rinks, museum); limited visiting allowed for Pioneer Homes, the state-run assisted living facilities

ARIZONA: All K-12 schools, including charter and private schools, are closed until March 27; child care centers are not included

ARKANSAS : All schools will suspend on-site lessons starting Tuesday

CALIFORNIA: All bars, nightclubs, wineries, pubs ordered to close across the state; restaurants can remain open but have to reduce capacity; “shelter in place” order for six Bay Area counties beginning Tuesday – San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda – until at least April 7

COLORADO: All ski resorts ordered to close; state of emergency issued; all dine-in services at bars and restaurants stopped for 30 days, although take-out, drive-through and delivery services are allowed; gyms, theaters and businesses ordered to close

CONNECTICUT: Gatherings of more than 50 people prohibited; visitor restrictions implemented at nursing and rest homes; 180-day requirement for public schools waived, although the state has not implemented a complete shutdown of schools; bars, restaurants, casinos, movie theaters, gyms to close at 8 p.m. Monday and remain closed until further notice; restaurants may stay open for delivery

DELAWARE: All public schools closed until March 27; state of emergency issued

FLORIDA: All public schools closed until March 30; temporary ban on visitations at long-term care facilities for any person who recently traveled internationally, has been on cruise ships or has had contact with someone who has the virus

GEORGIA: Public health emergency declared; court and clerk’s offices suspended all “but essential … functions” for 30 days across the state; no state enforced closures for bars, schools, restaurants

HAWAII: No state enforced closures

IDAHO: No state enforced closures

ILLINOIS: All schools closed until March 30; all restaurants and bars closed for dining in for two weeks; drive-ins, delivery and curbside service allowed to remain open

INDIANA: No state enforced closures; schools that do choose to close can do so for up to 20 days without having to make up missed time

IOWA: No state enforced closures

KANSAS: State of emergency declared; no state enforced closures

KENTUCKY: Public schools closed for at least two weeks; all bars and restaurants ordered to close in-house dining; carry-out and delivery may continue

LOUISIANA: All K-12 public schools closed until April 13; emergency order issued that prohibits gatherings larger than 250 people

MAINE: Gatherings of more than 250 people recommended to be postponed for at least 30 days

MARYLAND: Public schools closed until March 27; all bars, restaurants, movies theaters and gyms to shut down beginning 5 p.m. Monday

MASSACHUSETTS: All schools ordered to close; dining in for all restaurants closed, although they may offer take-out; gatherings larger than 25 people prohibited beginning Tuesday

MICHIGAN: All public and private schools closed until April 5; all bars, restaurants and other establishments ordered to temporarily shut down beginning 3 p.m. Monday; delivery and take-out may remain

MINNESOTA: All K-12 schools to close beginning Wednesday until March 27; state of emergency issued

MISSISSIPPI: State of emergency issued; schools districts asked to extend spring break for one week; state allows the Mississippi State Board of Education to waive 180-day school requirement

MISSOURI: State of emergency issued; no state enforced closures

MONTANA: State of emergency; schools closed until at least March 27; visitation to nursing homes suspended; visitation at state prison system suspended; ski hills closed

NEBRASKA: State of emergency; Omaha and Lincoln public schools closed

NEVADA: State of emergency; many Las Vegas hotels, casinos, nightclubs, day clubs, spas, salons, and gyms closing; all K-12 schools to close through early April

NEW HAMPSHIRE: State of emergency; all public schools to close through April 4 and transition to remote learning

NEW JERSEY: State of emergency; all casinos, gyms, and movie theaters to close at 8 p.m. Monday; restaurants and bars to close and only offer delivery and takeout beginning 8 p.m. March 16; Hoboken enacts curfew from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. beginning March 16; statewide curfew between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

NEW MEXICO: State of emergency; public schools closed for three weeks effective March 16

NEW YORK: State of emergency; Executive Order limiting restaurants, bars and cafes to food take-out and delivery; Executive Order closing all nightclubs, movie theaters, small theater houses, and concert venues effective March 17; Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic temporarily shut down; Casinos, gyms, movie theaters, bars, restaurants in will close at 8 p.m. March 16; Gov.Cuomo asks President Donald Trump for aid from Army Corps of Engineers to combat coronavirus spread and expand hospital capacity

NORTH CAROLINA: State of emergency; public schools closed for at least two weeks; Gov. Roy Cooper issued executive order banning mass gatherings exceeding 100 people with exceptions for malls, grocery stores, restaurants, bars

NORTH DAKOTA: State of emergency; ND Department of Health advises nursing homes and long-term care facilities to bar visitors

OHIO: State of emergency; all bars and restaurants closed beginning 9 p.m. March 15, with exception of take-out services; schools closed until possibly the end of the year 

OKLAHOMA: State of emergency; Oklahoma City Public Schools to close until March 23

OREGON: State of emergency; all schools closed starting March 16 until end of March; Portland declares state of emergency; Many Portland restaurants voluntarily close

PENNSYLVANIA: Emergency disaster declaration; all schools closed for two weeks beginning March 16; Pittsburgh lowers occupancy limit from 250 to 50 people following CDC guidelines; All Pittsburgh non-essential businesses requested to close beginning Monday; eating and drinking in restaurants and bars in Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties is prohibited beginning March 16; Philadelphia orders closures of bars and restaurants with exception for drive-through and delivery services beginning 5 p.m. March 16

RHODE ISLAND: State of emergency; public schools closed beginning March 16; Providence declares state of emergency and bans entertainment licenses for two weeks

SOUTH CAROLINA: State of emergency; all public schools closed through March; visitation in state Department of Corrections facilities is suspended

SOUTH DAKOTA:: State of emergency; public schools closed through March 20, Gov. Kristi Noem advises private schools to also close

TENNESSEE: State of emergency; East Tennessee schools to close beginning March 16 until the end of the week; state employees trained and certified to work from home will begin remote work through March 31; state employees instructed to cease non-essential business travel; state capitol closed to visitors

TEXAS: State of emergency; Texas National Guard activated March 17; some schools throughout the state, including Houston-area schools, close

UTAH: State of emergency; schools closed for two weeks beginning March 16; Summit County closes restaurants, bars, gyms, churches for 30 days  

VERMONT: State of emergency; schools closed beginning March 18 until at least April 6; number of visitors at psychiatric and elderly care facilities restricted; unemployment insurance for residents who are required to self-isolate or quarantine expanded; non-essential travel for state employees suspended; large “non-essential” mass gatherings exceeding 250 people banned

VIRGINIA: State of emergency; schools closed until March 30; gatherings exceeding 100 people banned; many Richmond restaurants voluntarily close

WASHINGTON: State of emergency; public and private schools closed beginning March 17 until April 24; restaurants and bars in will temporarily suspend dine-in service for foreseeable future

WEST VIRGINIA: All public schools closed beginning March 16

WISCONSIN: State of emergency; schools closed until April 6

WYOMING: State of emergency; some school closures

WASHINGTON, D.C.: State of emergency; all bars and restaurants will become grab-and-go/takeout/delivery-only as of 10 p.m. March 16, no eating inside restaurants or bars will be permitted; nightclubs and multi-purpose facilities must close

PUERTO RICO: State of emergency; curfew beginning at 9 p.m. until 5 a.m.; shopping centers, movie theaters, dance clubs, concert halls, theaters, game/gambling rooms, casinos, amusement parks, gyms, and bars must shut down through March 30;

11 thoughts on “News March 2020”

  1. have  been  praying and  reaching  out  to  my  community   about  the  danger  of Coronavirus.  I  have  been  following  the  guidelines  from  the  Whitehouse  1600  daily.  I  have  been  reaching  out  through  my WordPress  site and  Intercessor  for  America   and  Nation  Capital  Bible  studies.  I  was  ministering  with them but, now I am  just  ministering  with  National  Association of  Christian  Minister.

    God  Cares for  Us.  ''Let  us  therefore  come  boldly  to  the  throne  of  grace  that we may  obtain  mercy  and  find  grace  to  help  in time  of  need.  Hebrews  4: 16

    God  gives  me  freedom  to  Choose:  Commitment;  And  do not  be   conformed  to  this world, by  be transformed  by  the renewing  of  your mind,  that  you may  prove  what is  good  and  acceptable  and  perfect  will of  God.  Romans  12:2

    God  Calls  Us:  Connection and  Community;  ''He  has  shown  you,  O  man,  what  is good:  And  what  does the  Lord  require  of  you  But  Do  justly;  To  love  mercy.  And  to  walk  humbly  with  your God

    Expectation  and  Accepting  help; 'I  will lift  up  my eyes to  the  hill–   From whence comes  my  help?  My  help  comes  from  the  Lord,  who made  heaven and  earth.

    These  are  verses  to  help  us  pray   with  boldness and  confidence  that  everything  will be  alright.  Do not  worry   but   bring   the Good News  of  Joy to  the sick,  shut-in, blind,  disable,    those  in prison,  those  are being abuse, neglected.  torture ,hold  hostage ,  etc. 

    We  are  here  to  support  them  and we can  only  do  this by  the Spirit   of  our  Lord  Jesus  Christ  with  Faith.  Amen

  2. This is a great article!!! I am glad it is shared!!! The statistic of .0001%, really puts things in perspective. I realize it is 4 and 1/2 times more contagious than regular flu. But we are the sons of God, who walk in power. I also agree with Jim Kvale. Many people do not want to get prepared in the spiritual or in the natural and most times we should, unless God directs otherwise. Blessings all!!!!

  3. As Jesus Christ taught us, be prepared, as were the virgins waiting for their bridegroom to return. The wise virgins who planned ahead, just in case the bridegroom arrived late had enough oil for the delay. Too many today are like the virgins who did not have enough oil for their lamps and pleaded for more from the others who were prepared for problems ahead, yet not enough to share in such short notice.
    I will listen to the president and his cabinet and their advice. They are looking out for the welfare of each and everyone of us. As responsible citizens we are to be examples to the general public and obey the president’s request. God has placed President Trump in office with his advisers’ to help our nation come back to God, protect the right to life for the unborn, and keep us safe from those who wish to harm our country.
    The news reporters do overkill their time on the air with exaggerated misinterpretations of the news (what ever agrees with them). I have no respect for them anymore. As you say, they don’t report the true facts!

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