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  • How does a face covering protect us?

    We know from studies that there is a significant portion of individuals who are infected with coronavirus but lack symptoms (asymptomatic). Furthermore, those who eventually develop symptoms (presymptomatic) can transmit virus to others prior to showing symptoms. What this means is that the virus can spread between people who are interacting in close proximity – speaking, coughing, sneezing – even if these people are not exhibiting symptoms. Facial coverings, in addition to all of the other non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), such as physical distancing, hand washing and not gathering, are important to reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Facial coverings can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and should be used in addition to physical distancing when we are outside.

  • Are face coverings required to be worn during a service? Is singing allowed? Can I have small group gathering with 6 feet social distance?

    Per the Public Health Order: Gatherings are still prohibited. 

    INDOORS: Discontinue singing (in rehearsals, services, etc.), chanting, and other practices and performances where there is increased likelihood for transmission from contaminated exhaled droplets. Consider practicing these activities through alternative methods (such as internet streaming) that ensure individual congregation members perform these activities separately in their own homes.

    OUTDOORS: Singing outdoors is permitted, but facial coverings should be worn, and individuals/households need to maintain 6 feet physical distancing.

    People in California must now wear face coverings when they are in the high-risk situations listed below, per to California Department of Public Health Guidance:

    • Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space;
    • Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank
    • Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle;
    • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:
    • Interacting in-person with any member of the public;
    • Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time;
    • Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others;
    • Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities;
    • In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.
    • Driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present. When no passengers are present, face coverings are strongly recommended.
    • While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.

    Certain exemptions to the face covering requirement are allowed, to see those, please see the requirements. (Updated 8/6/20) 

  • Does anyone have guidance about how to use our HVAC systems? Is it better to keep the fan on the whole time, so air is moving? Or does that just make it less likely the virus will get down to the floor?

    If possible, cooling centers should be equipped with air exchange systems, and be located in buildings with tall ceilings. Utilize the highest efficiency filters that are compatible with the cooling center’s existing HVAC system, and adopt “clean-to-dirty” directional airflows. If resources allow, ceiling fans with upward airflow rotation combined with upper-air ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) disinfection systems can be utilized. When conditions allow (low humidity), shaded outdoor spaces with cross-draft airflow augmented by evaporative coolers may provide a safer alternative. For additional information, please refer to the CDC’s Guidance on COVID-19 and Cooling Centers. (Posted 5/13/2020)

 

For additional questions and resources, please email Covid-CBO-Faith@sdcounty.ca.gov