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August 29, 2021
The Clergy and staff of First Church have truly enjoyed being back with you in-person over the past months. Covid-19 is still very prevalent in our area and continues to overwhelm our local hospitals. In light of that, we are still making every effort to provide the safest environment possible for our congregation and staff to worship and gather with one another. With protective caution and following the recommendations of the CDC, on July 28, 2021, First Church recommended that all who attend Sunday Services and/or any church activity at FUMC resume wearing masks–regardless of their vaccination status. We will continue wearing masks until we receive further direction from the CDC or the numbers in our area start to see a significant track downward.
In order to keep safely meeting in-person we ask that you remember the following guidelines provided by the CDC:
For Anyone Who Has Been Around a Person with COVID-19
Anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after their last exposure to that person.
However, anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and who meets the following criteria does NOT need to stay home.
- Someone who has been fully vaccinated and shows no symptoms of COVID-19. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms. They should wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.
- Someone who has COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months and
- Has recovered and
- Remains without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath)
I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms
You can be around others after:
- 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
- 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
- Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*
*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation
Note that these recommendations do not apply to people with severe COVID-19 or with weakened immune systems (immunocompromised).
Click HERE for more information about quarantine and isolation precautions.
July 28, 2021
Covid positivity rates in Escambia County, as of today, are 23.4%.
With protective caution and following the recommendations of the CDC, we recommend that all who attend Sunday Services and/or any church activity at FUMC resume wearing masks–regardless of their vaccination status.
We recommend that those who are unvaccinated wear masks, sanitize their hands, and practice safe distancing. And we strongly encourage all persons who have not been vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Let us all do our part to bring this pandemic to an end.
As always, if you feel any symptoms of Covid-19, we encourage you to get tested and take necessary measures.
We will keep our members and friends in our thoughts and prayers daily. We ask that you keep us aware of your needs. Please know that we are praying for you every day. May the peace of Christ be with you.
Dr. Wesley H. Wachob