ASBC Coronavirus Updates

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Dear Alfred Street Family and Friends:

There are several questions and concerns circulating regarding the appropriate precautionary measures around the coronavirus and the influenza flu as news of these health threats continue to develop. Below are some of the best practices and basic precautions based on the latest guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because this is a fluid situation, it’s best for you to continue to check the latest guidance and information from the CDC.

Some of these everyday precautions, are focused on good hygiene measures- however, they are helpful to keep in mind anytime and especially during cold and flu season. It’s also important to note that this information, while gathered from a number of sources, is far from complete. Continue to check the reliable sources noted above – to keep abreast of situation in the U.S. If transmission of the coronavirus changes significantly, changes in hygiene protocols may be suggested to optimize protection.

Below are a number of precautionary measures we as a staff and a congregation would like to share with you as a courtesy and can be easily implemented into your daily routine:

  • Stay home if you are feeling sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently. *Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Disinfect surfaces used regularly.
  • Use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid close contact with someone who is sick.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

– ASBC Staff

Choosing Safer Activities

If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. Outdoor visits and activities are safer than indoor activities, and fully vaccinated people can participate in some indoor events with little risk. Fully vaccinated people can attend a small, outdoor gathering with fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people, as well as eat at outdoor restaurants with friends from multiple households.

People with Certain Medical Conditions

Adults of any age with certain conditions can be more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. Older adults are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19 as well. More than 80% of COVID-19 deaths occur in people over age 65, and more than 95% of COVID-19 deaths occur in people older than 45. Preventive measures for COVID-19 (including vaccination, wearing a mask and social distancing) are important especially if you are older or have multiple or severe health conditions. If you have a medical condition, speak with your healthcare provider about steps you can take to manage your health and risks.

Domestic Travel During COVID-19

Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization can travel safely within the United States. Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it. Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine, but should still follow CDC’s recommendations for travel, including:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
  • Stay 6 feet from others and avoid crowds
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer

If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated people.

Essential Workers COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit

Essential workers like police officers, firefighters, and people working in education, child care centers, and grocery stores maintain the services and functions that U.S. residents depend on daily. CDC designed a toolkit to help employers educate essential workers about COVID-19 vaccines, raise awareness about the benefits of vaccination, and address common questions and concerns. 

Leading Virologist On What Americans Should Know