Dear New Hope Family,
Last Thursday evening I began experiencing Covid like symptoms that were strong enough that I needed to go to the hospital. I was released later that evening, but I was informed that I had tested positive for the virus. The next day I was told that a few other members of our tech and worship team had also tested positive.
In an effort to stop any additional spreading of the virus the elders of New Hope made the decision to move our worship services to Livestream Only. I want to send a special word of thanks to Pastor Paul and Pastor Mark, as well as the healthy tech crew members who helped make last Sunday possible.
We would advise you to follow guidance from the CDC and local health departments for potential exposure to Covid-19. To assist you, I have included the current CDC guidance below.
If you were in contact with me or others who have tested positive for Covid or are not feeling well, we ask that you either be tested, or self-quarantine for the length of time recommended by health officials or your health care provider. Based on available information at this time, it appears those in attendance at the church on Wednesday, December 2 would be most at risk for exposure. If you do test positive, please reach out to those you have been in contact with so they can take the necessary safety precautions.
This coming Sunday (December 13) our Worship Service will be Livestream Only. The Children’s Christmas Program that was scheduled to be performed will be postponed to a later date. We are also scheduled to have a Town Hall Meeting this Sunday. The elders will send out a communication later this week with details on how this meeting will take place.
Please lift up the individuals in our church who are in need of God’s healing touch. I am improving a little each day, but I am still in the thick of this difficult disease. I am currently not able to take phone calls or respond to messages.
Current CDC Guidance:
Updated Dec. 8, 2020
Local public health authorities determine and establish the quarantine options for their jurisdictions. Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.
Quarantine or isolation: What’s the difference?
Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.
Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home.
Who needs to quarantine?
People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months.
People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.
What counts as close contact?
· You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
· You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
· You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
· You shared eating or drinking utensils
· They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
Steps to take
Stay home and monitor your health
· Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
· Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
· If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19
Blessings to all of you,