Coronavirus Preparation, Precaution, and Prevention

At The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York, we want to care for our congregation in all respects, including the physical well being of our community. To that end, we are asking you, our congregants, to take precautions to keep yourself and others safe, especially in light of recent developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please be mindful of the guidance from the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention:

1. Take Steps to Protect Yourself

a. Clean your hands often. Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you’ve been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

b. If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

c. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

d. Cover coughs, and sneezes with a tissue, or use the inside of your elbow.

i. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!

e. Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces.

f.  Stay home when sick.


2. Avoid close contact with people who are sick

a. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.

b. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick

i. Older adults

ii. People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:

1. Heart disease

2. Diabetes

3. Lung disease

3. Take Steps to Protect Others. Stay home if you’re sick

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

i. Avoid public areas

ii. Avoid public transportation

iii. Stay away from others

iv. Limit contact with pets and animals

b. Cover coughs and sneezes

c. Wear a facemask if you’re sick

d. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily

4. Take precautions to minimize the chance of becoming ill. Get in the habit of:

a. Avoid handshakes. Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.

b. Use only your knuckle to touch light switches, elevator buttons, etc.. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.

c. Open doors with your closed fist or hip. Do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.

d. Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.

e. Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home's entrances, and in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can't immediately wash your hands.

f. If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow, only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!

g. Get in the habit of NOT touching your face so often.

If you, or a family member are sick and/or tests positive for COVID-19, please let us know so our discipleship and outreach teams can find a way to help, pray for everyone involved and take any necessary precautions here at The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York.


May God protect us all.

Psalm 91

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling,

10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”