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As the members of the Executive gathered last evening for their regular meeting we heard the breaking news about the first presumptive case of COVID-19 in New Brunswick.

Please follow the guidelines of Chief Medical Officer of Health. You can read those guidelines in their entirety here.

Should an individual who has recently traveled outside the country experience non-specific symptoms (such as headache, congestion, achiness, feeling unwell) they should separate themselves from others and stay home to monitor themselves further. Should these symptoms progress to include fever or cough, the individual should: • continue to stay at home • immediately call Tele-Care 811 • describe symptoms and travel history • follow instructions carefully These individuals should be pay particular attention to taking everyday precautions as well as generally keeping space between themselves and others, such as minimizing attendance at crowded gatherings and mass events or thinking of other ways of participating (virtual attendance). Protect yourself and others.

As above, medical professionals are recommending the practice of social distancing, as per the World Health Organization, maintaining at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. While the term social distancing can be a difficult phase to embrace for those of us who shake hands and share hugs in community this is a good and healthy practice and will contribute to slowing the spread of the virus. Wash your hands with soap and water and limit touching your face. This kills any viruses on your hands and limits the possibility of your inhaling the virus.

We will continue to gather in community on Sunday morning and at other times until advised otherwise by the Department of Health. Extra efforts will be made to sanitize shared surfaces. Hand sanitizer is available as you enter the building on the shelf to the right. In making a decision to attend a community gathering, please use your discretion as you attend to your own health needs and share in the protection of others.


The Executive

Sackville United Church

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