This page summarizes UUCM’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The horizontal tabs supply different aspects of this response. Please click on each tab to read its contents.
Please Note: All physical worship, programming, meetings, events, and rentals at UUCM have been canceled through April 30th. Starting on March 22, 2020, we will be starting online services on Sunday mornings. For more information about how to join our online services, click here.
For specific information and details on Zoom, click here.
For more information about the impact of COVID-19 on UUCM, click on the middle tab in the following tab group, where you will find the latest details.
COVID-19 Virus – Keeping You and Our Communities Safe
“In the end, it will be impossible to know if we overreacted or did too much. But, it will be QUITE apparent if we under reacted or did too little.”
Why has UUCM canceled all physical church events – at least through April 30th?
The CDC says it is critical to “flatten the curve” of when people get sick. What does that mean?
The flatter the bell curve is, the better, because the more people who are critically ill at the same time, the less likely all can be treated by available medical personnel, and unfortunate decisions will have to be made about who gets treated and who does not, potentially leading to more deaths.
But if I don’t feel sick, why shouldn’t I go to church? Or anywhere else?
You could be carrying the virus even if you are not yet displaying symptoms. And you could pass it on to more vulnerable people. As several articles suggest, “This is not about YOU. It is about who you might infect, potentially lethally.”
So how can we all be responsible citizens to protect ourselves and others?
- Stay home.
- Limit contact with other people and public places.
- Keep a distance of 6-10 feet from others you meet.
- No handshaking, hugging, kissing.
- Wash your hands with soap after any public exposure, including other people, railings, door knobs, grocery carts, etc.
- Don’t eat or touch your face before thoroughly washing your hands, as follows:
- Wash for as long as it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice.
- When washing, scrub your fingertips and thumb into the palm of your opposite hand. (You are more likely to touch your face with fingertips than with your palm.)
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Do NOT wear a face mask unless you are sick and around other people. Masks are in short supply worldwide and medical staff need them to stay safe and be able to treat sick people.
- Learn more at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html
Should I be tested for COVID-19?
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as a cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Do not just show up at a medical facility. (NOTE: A runny nose is not a symptom of COVID-19.)
For more information, consult https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
Other Informative Links
Here are some valuable and informative links relating to COVID-19 precautions:
- Social Distancing : This is Not a Snow Day — This article, by a Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health doctor, lays things our in no uncertain terms.
- Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve” — Some excellent simulations to help emphasize how important it is to social distance.
Due to growing concerns about the rapid spread of COVID-19 and having so many congregants 60 years and over, the Board and Rev. Carol have decided to cancel worship and all programs physically located at the church – at least until the end of March, when we will reassess.
The Board met on March 15 to discuss further action and an update was emailed on March 16.
Click on the following links to read communications from the Board and Rev. Carol and stay tuned for updates:
March 14 – Letter from the Board & Rev. Carol canceling church services.
March 16 – Update from Rev. Carol on new policies and cancellations and ways we can stay connected
March 18 – Update from Rev. Carol on virtual worship services that you can attend online or by phone.
Please Note: All physical worship, programming, meetings, events, and rentals at UUCM have been canceled through April 30th, at which time we will reassess.
Online Worship Services: Starting on March 22, we will begin having online services on Sunday mornings. For more information on how to join these services by phone or by using an app, click here.