COVID-19 Impact: How We’re Responding

“Mercury One will be here to help where we are needed most. We will keep you and your families in our prayers. Mercury One will remain steadfast to our mission – to restore the human spirit. We deeply care about you and your families and we will walk this journey along side you. We are stronger together.” – Suzanne Grishman, Mercury One Executive Director

Recent responses: How Mercury One is making an impact locally and helping our neighbor states

Mercury One continues to work with partners on the ground to restore the human spirit throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Here are a few ways your support is helping us make a difference. Stay tuned for more updates!

Helping victims of domestic violence

It is heartbreaking to hear that rates of domestic violence and suicide are increasing during shelter-in-place orders.

We’ve jumped into action to provide food and supply boxes in partnership with the Irving, TX police department to be delivered to families in need after a parent is removed from the home.

Providing supplies to hospitals and organizations

We’ve also:

  • Delivered more than 10,000 PPE level one gowns to New Orleans, LA hospitals
  • Supplied hand sanitizer to to Irving, TX police departments, fire departments, and hospitals
  • Continued The Nazarene Fund’s rescue operations in the Middle East by making adjustments to work safely in the COVID-19 situation

Supporting our partners’ front-line responses

We have provided more than $80,000 to support our partners in a wide range of COVID-19 relief efforts.

Team Rubicon:

  • Opened a field medical hospital in St Clara, CA with more than 250 beds for those who are healthy enough to leave the hospital but still need to be quarantined
  • Helping the homeless in LA county, Portland, and Florida

Operation Blessing:

  • Collected medical supplies in Dallas, TX
  • Provided medical supplies to first responders
  • Provided water and protective face masks to hospitals

Operation BBQ Relief:

  • Projecting to serve more than 700,000 meals a week by the middle of May!
  • Served over 220,000 meals the week of 4/20
  • Providing food to veterans and the homeless
  • Adjusting their model to continue making a difference while accommodating CDC guidelines and working with government officials
  • Partnering with local restaurants, caterers, and food trucks to help them stay in business while providing nutrition to people in need

As of 4/20:

Freedom Shield:

  • Provided food for families in need through Gateway Church

To help us continue to make an impact on the COVID-19 crisis in our nation, consider donating to our disaster relief efforts.

Information on COVID-19

What is the Coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that was first detected in the Wuhan Province of China. Since January 2020, it has spread to dozens of countries throughout the world.

As of this past weekend, many federal and local governments have declared states of emergency to channel resources into fighting the disease.

What are the symptoms of the Coronavirus?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the symptoms of Coronavirus are similar to the flu. They usually begin 2-14 days after exposure and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Many patients will be able to recover from Coronavirus on their own, but some populations are at an increased risk of complications that might require hospitalization. These include:

  • People with pre-existing lung conditions
  • People with compromised immune systems (such as those with autoimmune disorders or undergoing cancer treatment)
  • The elderly

How is the Coronavirus spread?

Since Coronavirus is a new disease, we are still learning about how it is spread. The CDC believes it is primarily spread through person-to-person contact:

  • When people are within six feet of each other
  • Through respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing

It can also be spread through contact with surfaces. For example: If an infected person coughs onto a door handle, and someone else touches that door handle, there is a chance they can contract the virus as well.

What can you do to slow the spread of the Coronavirus?

The best thing we can all do to slow the spread of the Coronavirus is follow the guidelines given by the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and our governments.

The most recent recommendations include:

  • Practicing “social distancing” and avoiding coming in close contact with other people
  • Avoiding gatherings larger than 10-50 attendees
  • Frequently washing your hands
  • Sanitizing public surfaces before touching them
  • Calling your healthcare provider immediately if you start to feel sick, and isolating yourself from the community in the meantime

More information is constantly being released as research continues into the spread of COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website to learn more about new developments and information regarding COVID-19.

What can you do to help your neighbors in need?

This is a trying time for many families. As we follow the most recent developments of Coronavirus throughout our nation and world, there are a few things you can do to help those in need:

  • Consider sharing stored food and other resources with your neighbors
  • Reach out to friends and family members who are practicing social isolation — a phone call or video chat can help ease feelings of loneliness
  • Pray for the individuals, families, and communities affected
  • Donate to organizations providing aid throughout this pandemic

How is Mercury One responding?

Although we are facing a worldwide pandemic, Mercury One is still committed to our mission of restoring the human spirit around the world. We want you to know that we have partners on the ground in communities across the country working closely with government and medical professionals to do everything we can to bring aid to those who need it.

Our Mercury One team will continue to inform you in the coming days and weeks on how our partners are helping. In addition to working with our partners to take action, we are also coming together in prayer.

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