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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 September 2023

The Covid virus and its many variants have become a constant in our lives and communities.  Currently there is an increase of cases around the country, including in our region. However, most recent cases have been mild and do not require hospitalization.

Bnai Israel will continue to hold in-person services and other events. Masks are not required.

Shabbat services are available on Zoom and High Holiday services will be live-streamed, should you prefer to avoid crowds.

What can you do to protect yourself?

Consider getting the Covid vaccine and booster shots if you have not already done so.  An updated booster shot will be available in late September.

 

Know your own personal risk for severe disease. Older adults, immunocompromised individuals and those with chronic illness are at higher risk for severe symptoms with Covid infection. Wear an N-95 mask if you are at high risk for severe symptoms, if you have been exposed to Covid, or if you feel more comfortable doing so when outside your home.

If unsure of your risk level, discuss this with your healthcare provider.

Stay home if you have cold or flu symptoms.

If exposed to Covid: Follow CDC guidelines:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/if-you-were-exposed.html

If diagnosed with Covid: Follow the CDC guidelines and the recommendations of your healthcare provider.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/isolation.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/index.html

If diagnosed with Covid and have been at Bnai Israel within the last 10 days:  Please call the office so that we can notify others who may have been exposed. 

Sign in for services and events at Bnai Israel.  This allows us to contact all attendees should an exposure take place at the synagogue.

L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu!

 

COVID-19 Precautions Update as of September 2022:

Covid-19 and its variants continue to be a part of our everyday lives. Fortunately, the availability of vaccines, high quality masks, home tests and antivirals have allowed us to return to a semblance of normalcy. 
 
Last year, the ventilation system at BIC was modified to add fresh air to the circulating air. An electronic filter to trap and destroy a majority of viral particles was installed prior to the 2021 High Holidays.
 
The Reopening Committee continually monitors the level of Covid infections in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties. As of September 4th, 2022, the level of Covid-19 in these counties was Low. Should there be a significant and sustained increase in cases, we will reassess our precautions.
 
At BIC, in-person services, onegs, kiddish lunches and events continue. You also have the option of participating in services (and some events) via Zoom.
 
What can you do to protect yourself and others in the BIC family?
        (Based on August 2022 CDC recommendations)
 

-Be fully vaccinated and get booster shots if you are eligible.
-If you are not fully vaccinated, we recommend that you wear a high quality, well fitting mask covering the nose and mouth while in the synagogue, except when eating.
- Do not attend services in person if you are ill, especially if you have symptoms of Covid-19 infection.
-If you have underlying medical conditions, discuss with your healthcare provider how best to limit your risk of contracting Covid-19.
-Social distancing is no longer routinely recommended, however, know your risk for severe illness and interact with others accordingly.


Be sure to sign in when you attend services or other events at the synagogue. This allows us to contact you in case of a possible Covid exposure.
 

Masks and hand sanitizer are available in the foyer.
 
If you develop Covid after attending services or other event at Bnai Israel, please notify the office so that we can advise others who may have been exposed.
 
What changes will be made for the High Holidays this year?
 

-Masks will not be required for all attendees.
-However, if you are not fully vaccinated, we ask that you wear a high quality, well fitting mask.
-Social distancing will not be included when making seat assignments.
-Guests will be allowed at High Holiday services, if arrangements are made in advance with the office.
-All High Holiday services will be streamed, to allow everyone to attend either in person or virtually.
 
L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu!
 
The Reopening Committee
 
Michelle Bannon, Chair                  
Scott Johnston      
Margery Jordan     Alane Savod      Steve Stein

Mon, May 20 2024 12 Iyyar 5784