Update: Community UMC’s COVID-19 Response
Update from Pastor Stan (3/24/20):
You can also read Pastor Stan’s blog updates here: https://golastdotorg.wordpress.com/2020/03/19/covid-19-community-update-03-19-20/
Church Update (as of 3/14/20):
Please note: there has again been a closure date update!! The Conference is now publishing March 13-27, 2020 as the closure dates (for now). Please continue to check our website for the latest updates as we receive them. Thanks!
All churches in the Baltimore-Washington Conference (including Community UMC) will be closed for worship, meetings, and community events for the next two weeks, from March 13-27, 2020. There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 in our community, but we are closing under guidance of the BWCUMC and the State of Maryland. We are currently exploring options for online worship and engagement. Check back often! Wash your hands!
Pastor Stan has written a pastoral letter and informational document regarding COVID-19 and our response as sisters and brothers in Christ. Check back for more information and changes moving forward. Wash your hands!
Child Development Center Update (as of 3/14/20):
At this time, the CUMC Child Development Center will be closed for the upcoming week, Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, 2020. This includes all preschool and Before & After Care Programs. During this time, CDC staff will be at the school will be conducting a deep-cleaning of the entire Center using rigorous cleaning procedures consistent with guidance from the Department of Health.
Update from Pastor Stan (3/19/20):
General Information about COVID-19
General information can be found on the Maryland Department of Health website: https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Novel-coronavirus.aspx
How does COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 is transmitted by inhaling droplets from infected persons. It is more like the flu, not like measles, meaning it does not sit in the air, it settles in droplets. Though droplets can be airborne at outset, transmission occurs when those droplets you touch are inhaled or ingested. Droplets can rest with active viruses on durable surfaces for hours or days, depending on the surface and environment.
In short, the concerns are:
- Immediate vicinity of COVID-19 infected persons where droplets from coughs or sneezes or breath can be inhaled by other people.
- Droplets from sneezes or coughs from infected persons on surfaces.
Symptoms incubation period is 2-14 days, so if you think you might be affected, stay home for 14 days along with any immediate members of your family.
Who is vulnerable to COVID-19?
Mild symptoms present for 80% of the population that has been exposed. At this time (March 4, 2020), the best research and case history shows that people over 60 years of age and those with underlying medical issues are the most vulnerable. These are significant demographics in many of our faith communities!