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Kehilla Protocols during Corona

On 3-10-2020, the Alameda County Public Health Department announced new recommendations and guidance intended to slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in our community and protect the most vulnerable among us from severe illness.

We want you and the Kehilla community to be as healthy as possible, and we want to help slow the spread of the virus in the wider community. Based on this new guidance, Kehilla is changing the format for holding services:

o  We will be setting up the sanctuary to give people more physical space and reduce close contact as much as possible.

o   In order to accomplish this social distancing, we need to limit attendance to 50 individuals.

o   We are using online registration to create a registration list of participants and staff; this will assist local public health officials in contact tracing in the event a COVID-19 case is later identified as having attended the event. Links for registration will be posted in the event descriptions on the website.

o   We will be trying to livestream services as often as we can. Please check the Kehilla FaceBook page and/or website for links to streaming.

 o   To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, we are suspending serving food (other than pre-cut challah and pre-poured grape juice) at our events. Please consider bringing a bag meal or snack for yourself, so you’ll have something to eat after the service.

 

Please note these additional recommendations from our local health experts (ACPH), which we urge you to consider and follow:

  • Anyone who is sick should not attend public events or engage in food preparation.
  • Persons at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 should stay home and away from crowded social gatherings as much as possible.
  • Those considered at higher risk include:
  • People over 60 years of age. The risk increases significantly thereafter and escalates with age, with persons over age 80 in the highest risk category.
  • People, regardless of age, with underlying health conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, or chronic lung diseases like COPD, as well as those with severely weakened immune systems
  • Follow increased hygiene practices to reduce virus transmission, such as:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue – if available – or into your elbow
  • Avoid close contact with other people

For additional recommendations and resources, please see: CDC’s website | CDPH’s website

Many thanks for staying calm while we adapt to new information and learn how to protect each other.

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