Dear CHBC Family,
Given this this week’s report from the NC Governor that there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in Wake County, we want to let you know the preventative measures CHBC is taking to reduce the spread of the virus. We are monitoring the situation, and we are consulting with other churches and organizations to follow best practices in taking precaution. We are currently taking the following steps.
- Our community dinner and coffee teams will be wearing gloves while preparing food and drinks.
- We are increasing disinfecting measures through our custodial team.
- We are putting up hand-washing instructional signs in restrooms.
- Hand sanitizer is available in restrooms, and throughout our building.
If the spread of the virus continues to escalate in North Carolina, CHBC will take additional steps as necessary.
If you contract the coronavirus, will you please contact the CHBC leadership to let us know? We promise to keep your case confidential. We simply want to be able to support you and minister to you in your time of difficulty, and to be aware overall of how the coronavirus is affecting our church in particular.
We also want our CHBC family to know what you can do decrease the likelihood that you will be exposed to, or spread the coronavirus. Please follow these guidelines to help increase the safety of our church:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Healthcare workers and international travelers are at a higher risk of exposure. If you fall into either category, please exercise precaution ahead of participating in CHBC worship services and mid-week events.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Consider refraining from handshakes and hugs at church.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask:
- The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
For more information on the coronavirus, see:
- The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response in North Carolina
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- World Heath Organization: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
Things like this remind us that sin has affected this world, and that we truly do need the salvation only offered in Christ. It helps us to look forward to a recreated and redeemed world where pain, death, and sickness are no more (Rev. 21:4). Let us use this season as an opportunity to share this good news of Jesus as we talk about these current events with family and friends. Finally, let’s be in prayer for those who have been affected by the coronavirus. May God comfort them, and may he soon bring the spread of this illness to an end.