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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship's Response to COVID-19

Dear UUFG Members and Friends,

As infections from the COVID-19 coronavirus spread, it is important that we also spread information on how to prepare for and prevent this disease in our community and congregation.

There is information about COVID-19 everywhere; two excellent resources are a recent New York Times podcast, and this article. At this point in time, with active a couple of cases in Florida, it seems clear that coronavirus will affect our community directly.

This virus is most dangerous for elders and people with compromised lungs and immune systems.

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As we go forward, here are a few things all UUFGers can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our
communities and congregation:

  1. “Don’t work sick, don’t school sick, don’t church sick.” If you are sick, or a family member is sick, please stay home. We know this virus is most dangerous to our elders and those with compromised lungs or immune systems, so please think of them--even if you feel “good enough” to go out. Needing to stay home if sick also applies to staff. If there is a quarantine of some sort put in place, staff may need to work from home for an extended period of time.
  2. Please reach out to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or others to let us know if you or someone you know is sick! We don’t want to share germs, but we also don’t want folks to feel lonely. There are a lot of ways we can stay in touch.
  3. Wash your hands, clean often-used surfaces like doorknobs and phones, avoid shaking hands, cough into your elbow...all the things we can do to wash away germs and not share them with others. More basic tips are in The Scientific American.
  4. If you have traveled recently to a country or state that has a high level of outbreak, even if you do not have symptoms, please consider self-quarantining until the danger of infection has passed. We know that people without symptoms can pass the virus to others.
  5. Let me know if you have trouble stocking up on food and medical supplies or paying for medical care, or if staying home from work becomes a financial emergency.
  6. Read the tip sheet that the end of the gazette online or handed out on Sunday morning.
  7. The Fellowship is striving to be streaming services very soon. If watching from home is something you might need help with let us know now so we can help get you set up now before it is needed.

If you are feeling anxious about all of this – and everything else that is going on in the world – you are not alone.

Please reach out to me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or any other UUFG friend.

Connect and stay in touch. We are not alone, and we can support each other through this time.

With love and in faith,
Rev. Christe

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