OVID-19 cases have increased significantly in Northeast Florida in recent weeks, making current activities at UUCJ more dangerous and jeopardizing plans to resume in-person services in September.
The major reasons for the increase are the large number of unvaccinated people in the community and failure to take precautions such as wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and avoiding crowded indoor activities.
Reported new cases have increased to over 100 per 100,000 per day, up over 20 times in the last several weeks. And the number is likely to be larger since many asymptomatic people may not be tested. A majority of new cases is among unvaccinated people. Over 99% of the people currently hospitalized and dying with COVID-19 are not vaccinated.
Follow CDC recommendations to decrease the risk of infection:
- The best way to decrease risk is to get a COVID-19 vaccine. A fully vaccinated person can resume normal activities with other vaccinated individuals. And although no vaccine is 100% effective against getting sick, a person who becomes ill is likely to have a milder infection.
- If you are not vaccinated, the best advice is to wear a mask when around other people, practice social distancing (stay at least 6 feet away from other people), avoid crowds, and avoid indoor poorly ventilated spaces. Check for detailed information at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/personal-social-activities.html
- If you are sick (fever, cough, shortness of breath, cold symptoms, etc.) don’t come to any UUCJ activities. Get a COVID-19 test (available at many doctor’s offices and pharmacies). And if the test is positive, quarantine at home. You are considered infectious for 10 days from the start of your symptoms or until your test is negative.
So, get that vaccine if you are able. The sooner COVID-19 infections are reduced, the sooner we can safely get back together. At the present time, when you come to UUCJ, please wear a mask both indoors and outdoors, practice social distancing, and avoid crowded indoor events.
If you have questions or concerns, the most reliable information is available on the CDC.gov website. If you have trouble finding a vaccination site or have trouble with transportation, please contact someone on the New Normal Team.