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Cases are slowly coming down
In this week’s "situation report," CHM Medical Director Dr. Jacobson discusses the U.S. trend line for coronavirus cases. Several states have been opening up for several weeks now, but we have still not seen significant jumps in cases. Instead, Dr. Jacobson notes, the U.S. is on a slow but steady downward trend in cases. Dr. Jacobson also highlights several resources for knowing when you can be around people after having COVID-19 and tips for safely completing essential errands.
Be safe as you go back to work
In this week’s “situation report,” CHM Medical Director Dr. Jacobson discusses testing, infection via surfaces and work in the COVID-era. As the world surpasses five million cases of coronavirus and people are slowly coming back to work, Dr. Jacobson discusses ways you can stay healthy. He also explains the CDC’s findings of COVID’s infection via surfaces. If you were wondering about the different types of tests, Dr. Jacobson highlights a website with helpful descriptions of the tests and their pros/cons.
It’s not back to normal yet
In this week’s “situation report," CHM Medical Director Dr. Jacobson acknowledges that it has been a long journey, but that we still have a long road ahead of us. Though restaurants and other locations are opening up, Dr. Jacobson reminds us that we are not back to normal yet and asks that people continue to use social distancing, masks and creative ways of “seeing each other” while maintaining COVID guidelines. Dr. Jacobson also highlights several research results from the WHO and a campaign the United Kingdom and the WHO are working together on.
Be positive but be careful
In this week’s “situation report” CHM Medical Director, Dr. Jacobson discusses the slowly lifting restrictions, and the plateaued infection and death rate. He shares words of caution as he examines the spikes in infections over the past several days. Dr. Jacobson also talks about ways to share your faith through the pandemic through organizations like Alpha, or your creative methods of reaching out and connecting with people.
Increased freedom brings increased responsibility
In this week’s "situation report" CHM Medical Director, Dr. Jacobson shares news surrounding the COVID-19 daily new case rate is flattening off—and trending downwards—albeit slowly. Dr. Jacobson shares that with coronavirus cases decreasing and states lifting stay-at-home orders, the increased freedom requires increased responsibility. He also discusses encouraging news: New tests that may determine immunity and a potential vaccine currently undergoing testing.
Weekly COVID-19 update shows potential curve flattening
This "situation report" with CHM Medical Director, Dr. Jacobson, provides an update on the status of the coronavirus cases and data and additional credible resources that can be used to stay informed. Dr. Jacobson shares that it appears the United States’ curve is flattening, though daily new cases (and deaths) are still very high. He also discusses how to have a balanced, biblical perspective on constitutionalism, the effects of COVID-19 on the rest of 2020 and what to do about misinformation.
CHM’s “new normal” and continued service to members and prospective members With the expectation that things might not get entirely back to normal for some time, CHM has instituted policies and procedures to maximize our service to members and prospective members while minimizing health and safety risks for our employees. Some employees are working from home processing medical bills and answering emails. Many are working in-office hours following strict health protocols so they can take phone calls and provide a faster, more efficient response.
Meanwhile, medical bill sharing time is comparable to what it was before COVID-19 started affecting our nation, state, and community. CHM has continued to share eligible medical bills throughout this time.
More COVID-19 news from Dr. Jacobson
In this "situation report" with CHM Medical Director, Dr. Jacobson, he shares that positive results are starting to be seen from country and state efforts to combat the coronavirus, including what appears to be an overall reduction of daily new deaths in the United States and a belief that New York may have overcome the worst of the COVID-19 impact. He talks about how medical authorities continue to explore testing and vaccine options, such as an upcoming clinical trial on an oral poliovirus treatment.
The church is empty this Easter Sunday, but so is the grave
This year, all across the United States, church buildings will be empty on Easter Sunday. But, the tomb where they buried Jesus’ body is also empty. CHM employee and former youth pastor, Jonathan Lambert, reminds us of this victory in a teaching about the power of the empty grave and the privilege Christians have of enduring in our faith, even as it relates to the coronavirus. Feed your soul with this encouraging message.
Future projections, new resources and a deeper dive into the six phases that determine pandemic status
In this “situation report,” Dr. Michael Jacobson, CHM’s Medical Director, shares with viewers the latest projections of COVID-19, including each state’s expected new case peak, when Americans should see a decline in numbers and which states could exceed hospital bed and ventilator supply. Dr. Jacobson also encourages medical professionals to read the first peer-reviewed case study performed in Wuhan, China. Other new resources include an informational video that depicts with UV lights the effects of poor and proper hygiene, the World Health Organization’s six-phase procedure for determining a pandemic status, and further information about the spread of COVID-19.
Ohio Department of health issues stay-at-home order
Dr. Jacobson provides a few highlights of the latest coronavirus happenings, including: U.S. takes the lead on new cases diagnosed, Ohio Department of Health Director, Amy Acton, issues a stay-at-home order, and a warning from the World Health Organization (WHO) about people misidentifying as WHO representatives seeking monetary contributions to the organization. Dr. Jacobson also shares an encouraging word by former chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson, Michael S. Hyatt, who encourages Americans to not be too focused on the news. Dr. Jacobson further calls Christians to embrace Michael Hyatt's advice in such as way that believers are not ignorant of the coronavirsus spread but instead focus their attention on Jesus.
Christian Healthcare Ministries operations will be affected for the next two weeks by the state and national response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine has ordered the statewide closure of schools, restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, elections, barber shops – and the list is sure to grow. To this point, coronavirus has been confirmed in 24 counties, and the infection is undoubtedly spreading to others.
CHM has more than 250 employees in its Ohio offices. In this unprecedented time, the board of directors and management team believes it would be irresponsible for employees to come to work as if times were normal.
To do its part to protect the health and safety of each employee, their families and neighbors, and our state and nation, CHM will undergo a two-week period of off-site operations , through April 4, per the social distancing recommendations from elected officials and medical authorities.
To do otherwise risks helping to do the wrong thing, which is to potentially expose more people to coronavirus and create even greater operational disruptions down the road. We need to do what we can – now – to help bring this to an end. The possibility of staggering staff members in and out of the buildings was explored, and it wouldn’t achieve the objective.
Thank you for your patience, your kindness, and for being a CHM member.
Your medical bills (for coronavirus or other eligible medical incidents) can - and should be – sent to CHM. We encourage you to do so using CHM's Member Portal. The CHM staff will continue to share eligible medical bills. We are adjusting the tools and processes we use to share your medical needs so that we can continue to do so even during this event.
As there will be no employees in our buildings, communications will be limited. For information and updates as they occur please refer to this page, our social media channels, and check your emails for future updates from the ministry. You may also contact CHM staff through our contact page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Michael S. Jacobson, CHM’s medical director, has given guidance on coronavirus, which is available on this page. Additional videos with from Dr. Jacobson with national and international updates will be published in coming days.
Please understand that upon deep reflection, CHM decided it would be irresponsible of us to not do what government officials and medical authorities are asking people to do to help stem the spread of coronavirus.
Free testing and a presidential plea to slow the spread
Dr. Michael Jacobson shares an update on the availability of medical testing supplies and encourages the nation to carry out the president's "15 days to slow the spread" plan. He closes the update in prayer and asking God for wisdom for world and local leaders.
Learn how to access the most accurate and up-to-date coronavirus info
Are you wondering how to decipher the latest and most accurate information about the coronavirus? In this video, CHM’s Medical Director Dr. Michael Jacobson, explains where he goes to get up-to-date information and how to navigate the unique tools available through the World Health Organization (WHO; who.int), Centers for Disease Control (CDC; cdc.gov) and other sources. Dr. Jacobson also shares the appropriate response of believers: Trust in God. With biblical wisdom and understanding Christians can respond to the pandemic in truth—not in fear.