Caring During COVID
July 9, 2020
Caring for People during Coronavirus
There has been a dramatic spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in Jacksonville, our state, and many spots around the country. This is something we as a church staff, along with church leaders and the Medical Advisory Team, are watching very closely. It is critical for us to make prayerful, wise decisions about gatherings on Deermeadows’ campus during the pandemic, especially Sunday worship.
- We will have on-campus worship this Sunday, July 19 at 11 am. Preregistration through the church website is important due to limited capacity. (CLICK HERE to Pre-Register now.)
- Livestreaming of worship continues and is an equally valuable way to worship!
PLEASE WORSHIP FROM HOME IF YOU OR SOMEONE LIVING IN YOUR HOME HAS:
- Been exposed to someone who is COVID-positive or believes they may be COVID positive.
- Any illness or any COVID symptoms.
- A temperature 100 degrees or above. Please check before leaving your home.
IF CHOOSING ON CAMPUS WORSHIP, PLEASE FOLLOW ALL OF THE HEALTH SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:
- Wearing of cloth face masks or coverings at all times.
NEW STARTING 7/12: Please maintain SAFE distancing and keep your mask on until you are in your car. If visiting in the parking lot, please follow this guideline.
- Guided seating by our logistics volunteers – we ask your cooperation knowing this may not be how or where you want to be seated.
- Safe distancing (6-10 feet) at all times including entry and exit, bathroom use, and while seated.
- Remaining seated throughout worship.
HOW DO I DECIDE BETWEEN ON CAMPUS OR ONLINE?
As you decide whether to worship on campus or online, please carefully consider CDC guidelines regarding who is at higher risk of severe illness due to age and underlying health conditions in themselves or someone in their home.
Regarding age, the CDC advises:
“As you get older, your risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases. For example, people in their 50s are at higher risk for severe illness than people in their 40s. Similarly, people in their 60s or 70s are, in general, at higher risk for severe illness than people in their 50s. The greatest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 is among those aged 85 or older...In fact, 8 out of 10 COVID-19-related deaths reported in the United States have been among adults aged 65 years and older.”
Regarding certain underlying medical conditions, the CDC cites people of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Weakened immune system from solid organ transplant
- Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher
- Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Please CLICK HERE to read the entire report and see which conditions might be at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
As we cooperate and work together to follow these guidelines, we show our love and care for one another as God has commanded us. God is with us during this pandemic and offers each of us the strength and presence to see us through.
Larry Yarborough, Pastor