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March 5, 2020

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ;

It seems that we can’t turn on the tv or radio lately without hearing about the latest case of Coronavirus.  There has been concerts and sporting events given to empty stadiums, except for the camera crews broadcasting the event.  Airlines are cancelling flights to some locations and for the first time in a very long-time cruise line cancellations have outnumbered their reservations.  As of this morning (March 5) there has not been a case of Coronavirus diagnosed here in Connecticut but with confirmed cases in our neighbors in New York I fear it will only be a matter of time.  There are several common-sense precautions we can take to diminish the chances of us contracting this virus.  One thing we DO-NOT want to do is panic!  There has been reports of hoarding and price gouging, one instance is of a man loading his truck up with cases of water.  What the Coronavirus has to do with water I’ll never know.  As Christians we must take the lead with a non-anxious presence showing the world that our faith in God will walk with us to see us through this or any other challenge we may face.

Here are some common-sense practices that will help diminish the chances of contracting the Coronavirus, as well as the flu and common cold.

  • First and foremost, if you have not already GET A FLU SHOT
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and hot water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when this is not possible.I understand hand sanitizer may not be readily available, if you are having a hard time purchasing this you can make your own.
  • Avoid spreading viruses from surfaces to your body by not touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of used tissue immediately.
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, limit your exposure to others and seek medical care as soon as possible.Call your physician rather than just showing up at his/her office or Emergency Department.  Physicians have protocols limiting others of a potential exposure.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who appears to be sick and, if you are sick yourself, do not visit places that place others at risk for illness.
  • It may be prudent to have a couple of weeks of food on hand on the slight chance you are quarantined.
  • And from our Bishop; While we are a people of welcome and hospitality, please use discretion and care in the manner in which we greet one another.  There are many ways in which we can offer the peace of Christ that are gracious and welcoming.I will be requesting that during our passing of the peace that we refrain from handshakes and hugs.  Please offer the peace of Christ with a fist/elbow bump or a friendly wave.

As always let us rely on one another and in our faith in our God.

In His service,

Rev. Ed Dayton