GP - Coronavirus & Our Gathering
Hello GP Family – March 14, 2020
As you have no doubt heard, our national and local government leaders have made declarations and decisions this week that have put the country, our state and our city on high alert regarding the Coronavirus As a church family, we are concerned about the well-being of our community and while we do not want to facilitate any unnecessary fear, we do want to take some basic precautions and feel it’s best to follow common sense as well as the official health directives outlined below.
- Of course, if you are sick, we are asking that you stay home and contact your physician.
- Washing hands and using hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) is the best way to control communicable diseases that are spread from person-to-person and avoid touching your face, nose or eyes when in public. Disinfect surfaces in your home and public areas that are touched frequently, such as door knobs, light switches, faucets, cabinet handles, railings, etc.
- Limit direct social contact – such as handshakes, hugs, close face-to-face contacts - when out in public and use proper etiquette by sneezing in your sleeve/elbow, and using tissues.
As of now, we will continue to hold our normal Sunday gathering at 10amand we have a team who is doing a deeper clean and sanitation of the building in prep for Sunday. We will make other arrangements if anything should change from week to week and we’ll notify you as soon as possible.
We love you guys and we’ll see you Sunday!
Genesis Project Leadership Team
FAQ Coronavirus / COVID-19:
What is the Coronavirus, specifically COVID-19? COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
What are the symptoms? Symptoms include a temperature over 100.4, coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, or general feeling of being unwell. Older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, kidney disease, diabetes or other immune-type illnesses seem to be at higher risk.
How does the virus spread? Person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious, while others are less so. It’s not yet clear how easily the coronavirus spreads from person-to-person.
Is there a vaccine or treatment? Currently there’s no vaccine nor specific antiviral treatment. If you suspect you have been exposed to the virus, see your physician to help relieve the symptoms. The CDC will provide updated info as it becomes available, as will we.
How can I protect myself? As we stated above, avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when possible.