We’ve been closely tracking the news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) both locally and globally. While we know this virus is primarily spread through close contact, we want to take precautionary measures to create a safe and healthy environment for us all to gather and worship. As of today, this is the information we have received from the Chautuaqua County Health Department.
There have been 0 cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Chautauqua County, NY.
There is currently 1 person in precautionary quarantine and 0 people in mandatory quarantine in our county.
Someone in precautionary quarantine may have been exposed to the coronavirus, but has no symptoms, and is considered “low risk.” Someone in mandatory quarantine has either tested positive for the virus (with or without symptoms), or has symptoms and has either traveled to a high-risk area or had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. CCDHHS checks in with everyone in either quarantine group on a daily basis to monitor health.
If you have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath or are experiencing other symptoms of respiratory illness, contact your health care provider for guidance.
Prevention is key:
-Wash your hands often
-Avoid touching your face
-Cough into your elbow or a tissue
-Stay home if you’re sick, and stay away from others who are sick
Before we get into the details of our plans to address this virus, I want to speak first to our posture as Christ followers.
For many, the spread of this virus has caused fear and anxiety. Scripture is clear that God has given us a spirit of love, not fear. My prayer is that we would sense peace in the midst of these circumstances. This does not mean we should be careless or reactionary; rather, may we work together to serve our church and community in a way that demonstrates trust in our God who is present and working among us and in us.
Secondly, many Asians and Asian Americans, have experienced an increased level of discrimination since this virus emerged. This is wrong and deeply contrary to the heart of the gospel. We all have a chance to speak against hatred and stereotyping, and I pray that God would use us in that way.
We, as a staff team, are monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and partnering with local officials and medical professionals to formulate a preparedness plan. This plan will change and adjust based on the updates we receive, but as of March 12, 2020, here are the precautions we are taking to increase health measures and mitigate the spread of germs.
We will not pass offering baskets during the service but will have them available on the way out of the sanctuary. You may also give your tithe and offering online.
To minimize your need to touch door handles, our volunteer teams will hold exterior doors open to greet you.
We recommend you greet each other with smiles and waves instead of handshakes.
KIDZONE AND NURSERY
Volunteers are committed to wiping down check-in surfaces between all services with disinfectant wipes. We are also making hand sanitizer more readily available throughout our building.
If you find yourself feeling sick, we encourage you to join us digitally online. We stream live at 10:45 am on Sundays or you can watch the service afterwards on demand.
Our prayer is that this disease will run out of steam soon and become nothing more than a trivia question, like several other diseases in the past. However, in the meantime, we will provide necessary updates to you via email and post them on busticog.org. I ask that you be prayerful for our world and community, specifically for those who are directly impacted by this virus.