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EXTENDED STAY AT HOME REGULATION
On Thursday April 16, 2020 the Stay-At-Home regulation was extended to Sunday, May 3, 2020, for the state of Kansas and Friday, May 15, 2020 for the State of Missouri. Please continue to practice safe distancing. Though we cannot be sure how long this will last, we have an obligation not to put anyone in jeopardy. Remember, God is everywhere and He is reaching us even in a new norm.
PLEASE BE ADVISED
The General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church has been postponed until a later date is established. As a result, the Fifth District will NOT disperse General Conference Delegate/Alternate sustentation stipends until the new date is confirmed, and until the number of days that the General Conference will be in session has been established. Until then, the Fifth District General Conference Sustentation funds will remain on deposit. Housing payments are on deposit with the Finance Department of the AME Church. Those who have sent checks to reserve a room from the District block should be assured your payment is being held in escrow. If you decide NOT to attend, a full refund will be made.
Unfortunately, we live in a time where there is always an opportunist in times of tragedy that seek ways to scam people. Below are tips to help keep you aware of some of the scams that have surfaced. In addition to those listed there are individuals going to homes dressed as nurses saying they are administering the coronavirus test. Once they enter the home, they rob the homeowners. Here are some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay:
Law Enforcement and the Red Cross have advised
that there people going door to door indicating that they are authorized to do home testing for Coronavirus.
DO NOT LET THEM IN. CALL THE POLICE!
PLEASE PASS THIS ON AND ALERT FAMILIES!
*Hang up on robocalls. Don't press any numbers. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from scam Coronavirus treatments to work-at-home schemes. The recording might say that pressing a number will let you speak to a live operator or remove you from their call list, but it might lead to more robocalls, instead.
*Fact-check information before you pass on any messages, contact trusted sources. Visit What the U.S. Government is Doing for links to federal, state and local government agencies.
*Know who you are buying from. Online sellers may claim to have in-demand products, like cleaning, household, and health and medical supplies when, in fact, they don't.
*Don't respond to texts and emails about checks from the Government. The details are still being worked out. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.
*Don't click on links from sources you don't know. They could download viruses onto you computer or devices.
*Watch for emails claiming to be from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
*Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges, or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on line or in stores.
*Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don't let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don't do it.