BCC's Response to COVID-19

March 7, 2020

 

Hello BCC Family,

 

While we have already sent some communication out regarding the current situation and the outbreak of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we want to communicate with you again before we gather together tomorrow. We are praying for the many people, communities, and nations that have already been deeply affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and for those who are working to stop it from spreading. We are specifically praying that Jehovah Rapha, the God Who heals, will put His healing hand on all who have come in contact with this virus and anyone feeling anxious during this time.

We are implementing a few new practices in order to maintain the health and safety of our congregation, volunteers and staff. Much of this we already practice diligently on a regular basis, and we have added some new precautions at this time. As you attend services this weekend, please notice the following measures we will put into place:

  • All of our volunteers will be waving at our entrance doors rather than shaking hands or hugging.
  • On a similar note, we will not be shaking hands or hugging during the welcome portion of our services.
  • We will conduct extra cleanings and our staff will be using sanitizer to wipe down shared surfaces before and after each service.
  • We are implementing these additional sanitization measures in kids' classrooms as well.  We will serve individually wrapped snack and water bottles to help in preventing the potential spread of germs.
  • We will continue to have our coffee time, but will serve prepackaged snacks and bottled beverages. If your Sunday isn’t complete without coffee, we welcome you to bring it with you.  





You can implement the following basic tips in order to help keep you and your family healthy:

  • Please stay home if you are not feeling well. If your child has a fever or other flu/cold symptoms, please keep them home as well. If you cannot be with us, please let us know so that we can be praying for you.
  • Avoid close contact with people who you suspect might be sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Maintain proper hygiene by thoroughly washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your home using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s guidelines for using a facemask. The CDC does not recommend that healthy people wear masks to prevent contracting Coronavirus, but instead that masks be worn by those showing symptoms in order to prevent the spread of germs. A shortage of facemasks could be critical for public health professionals, so it is advised to avoid purchasing facemasks unless meet the CDC’s criteria for needing one.
  • If you know you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is under investigation (waiting for test results) please do not attend services even if you are asymptomatic. 
  • If you have traveled to any of the countries where there are outbreaks of the virus, please obtain and follow immediate guidance from the CDC.

We are aware that the Governor of NY has declared a state of emergency. The state of emergency was put in place for the following reasons, according the NYSDOH website and the executive order.  You may find it helpful to understand the rationale and stated goals for this.

 

This state of emergency declaration allows, among other things:

  • Expedited procurement of cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and other essential resources
  • Qualified professionals other than doctors and nurses to conduct testing
  • Expedited procurement of testing supplies and equipment
  • Expedited personnel onboarding
  • Expedited leasing of lab space
  • EMS personnel to transport patients to quarantine locations other than just hospitals
  • Providing a clear basis for price gouging and enforcement investigation”


We will continue to monitor what additional steps may need to be implemented. We continue to follow the guidance from local and national authorities, including the Westchester Department of Health and the NYS Department of Health, on appropriate next steps and necessary precautions our church should take. We need and appreciate your help to assure the health and safety of our church family, and we will communicate any new information to you promptly.  Below, I have again provided links to webpages for the CDC, WDOH, and NYSDOH so that we can all have the most accurate information.
 
We are taking these steps not out of a spirit of fear, but out of an abundance of care and caution. We love you and are praying for you!

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Sarah Samson

Executive Pastor

 

Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

WDOH: https://health.westchestergov.com/2019-novel-coronavirus

NYSDOH: https://health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

 

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160 Bedford Center Road

Bedford Hills, NY 10507

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