Posted by Jeremy Kughn on April 5, 2020
Keeping all of us safe
The ministers and elders of the Gateway Church of Christ understand the current concern and are monitoring COVID-19 developments. The leadership is committed to the safety of members of the congregation. We are tracking releases from the Florida Department of Health, the CDC, and other reliable medical sources.
The risk level is growing for COVID-19 infection in our area. We will be alert to any changes and will comply with the regulatory and health department directives.
As of Friday, April 3, 2020, Gov. Desantis implemented a Safer At Home Order (FL EO 30-91), which orders Florida citizens to remain at home if they are not involved in essential activities. The order designates religious activities as essential, but Booker T. Washington High School remains unavailable for our use. CDC guidelines stress social distancing and limit gatherings to 10 or less. President Trump has extended these stay-at-home guidelines until the end of April. After prayer and discussion, the Elders have determined that the church office at 610 Burgess will remain open with modified staffing during its regular business hours from Monday to Thursday each week.
You can help protect yourself by following recommendations for preventing the spread of a viral illness, like Coronavirus. Follow good personal hygiene practices.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick. However, if you are beginning to have difficulty breathing or becoming short of breath, you should go to the emergency room of your hospital of choice.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Fist bumps are better than handshakes, elbow bumps are even better, and a simple wave of acknowledgment is best.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Face Covers (non-surgical face masks) are now recommended for individuals to wear in public settings.
Based on observations in China, a significant number of individuals infected with this novel Coronavirus lack symptoms and can transmit the disease, and even those that eventually develop symptoms can transmit the virus for several days before becoming symptomatic. The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are challenging to maintain. Masks may also help train you not to touch your face. Please do not use surgical masks or N-95 respirators as these are in short supply, and we need to reserve these supplies for our front-line health care workers treating patients with COVID-19.
If you are concerned that you have COVID-19, you should isolate yourself in your own home and take measures to protect family members. Please do not go to the emergency department unless you are having difficulty breathing or are becoming short of breath. You will not receive COVID-19 testing unless you meet screening criteria, and presentation to the ER with an illness that does not meet screening criteria may expose you in the waiting room to patients that have COVID-19.
Remember to meet together in worship on Facebook live, Sunday mornings at 10 am for worship.
A reliable resource of information is the CDC with the following links:
State and Local Information
Keep calm and pray on.