Caring for People During Coronavirus
July 09, 2020
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.
PLEASE WORSHIP FROM HOME IF YOU OR SOMEONE LIVING IN YOUR HOME HAS:
IF CHOOSING ON CAMPUS WORSHIP, PLEASE FOLLOW ALL OF THE HEALTH SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:
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:
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