The number of new COVID 19 cases in the Northeast Florida area has continued to decrease and in-person services are planned when the number of new cases has been less than 10/100,000 per day and the percent of positive tests less than 5% for a period of two weeks. On 10/22/21 the number of new cases the Jacksonville metropolitan area was 11.3 per 100,000 (down from 115 per 100,000 on 8/1/21), and the precent positive tests was 3.9%.
We are excited about the prospect of getting together in person very soon. There are some things that will be different, and the New Normal Team has made the following recommendations:
- All members should be vaccinated.
- Vaccinated individuals can safely attend small groups.
- All persons attending UUCJ activities must wear masks and practice social distancing.
- When talking with other members, please follow The UUA covenantal consent approach outlined at https://www.uua.org/leadership/library/covenantal-consent
- Because of the higher risk of infection, unvaccinated members should attend meetings, services, and other activities virtually until the incidence of COVID 19 infections are minimal (less than 1/100,000 new cases per day) in our area. (This low level may not be achieved any time soon).
- Persons who are sick should not come to UUCJ activities, should get tested for COVID-19 and if infected should isolate for at least 10 days. And if you have recently attended any UUCJ functions, alert your group leader.
- A contact tracing system should be set up. Leaders of small groups would be responsible for recording attendees and contacting them promptly if they have been exposed to COVID-19. Attendees at large services or other events should sign in, and the leader of that event would be responsible for contacting all attendees exposed to COVID-19.