Over the past few weeks, our nation, our local government, and our FJC community have grown more attentive to the growing concerns over COVID19 – the Coronavirus. The US Centers for Disease Control urges everyone to take standard precautions against infection by washing hands, covering coughs, and staying home when sick.
Here is a link to the Center for Disease Control’s FAQ about the Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#protect
We hope we will not need to close our programs, Beit Sefer classes or limit our celebrations, worship and study sessions. We will be following the guidelines of our local and state officials
As a close community that invites connections, we reach out now to engage all our members in these simple, commonsense, steps to ensure a lower risk environment:
We ask that you be prudent in keeping yourself and others healthy.
- If you are feeling unwell, even with just a cold, please stay home from services, classes and other events at FJC. COVID 19 can appear very mild in some people, but the same mild virus in one person can result in a serious life-threatening problem for someone else. This is especially true for our seniors and health-compromised members. Please make thoughtful choices, keeping in mind the entire FJC community, when deciding if you or your children are healthy enough to attend an event. Stay home and keep others safe if you are unsure. For those participating in classes, there might be a way to phone in (i.e. via Skype or Facetime). Check with your instructor.
- Notify FJC is you know someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
- When at FJC, wash your hands and use the Purell dispensers located in our hallways. You may wish to minimize physical contact.
- For the time being, we’ll be using “elbow bumps” or non-contact, verbal greetings (Shalom! Namaste!) rather than handshakes or hugs when greeting each other!
- When preparing any food at FJC for communal consumption, use the gloves on the counter in the kitchen
- Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches, elevator buttons, etc..
- Open doors with your closed fist or hip – do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post-office/commercial doors. When entering FJC, use the handicap-“button” for automatic entry and exit.
- Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been.
- If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!
- Our staff is paying increased attention to regularly disinfecting surfaces in our facilities.
Please let us know if you have need of support from our FJC family!