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Corona Virus (COVID-19) Updated May 27th, 2022

May 27, 2022 COVID19 case counts have been dramatically rising over the last few weeks with the seven day rolling average of 400 new cases per 100,000 residents. This has moved the county into the medium level of community risk for the first time in months. Moreover, given the rising rates of COVID, it is important that our community stays careful and vigilant with a focus on protecting those of us who are most vulnerable to COVID. On 5/19/22 Montgomery County released new recommendations which strongly recommended that masks be worn indoors.

In light of all this, we are strongly recommending masking indoors at Beth Sholom.

Please note that this is not a requirement to wear a mask indoors at Beth Sholom, but a strong recommendation to consider wearing one.  Rules below are still in effect.

1.  Masks will now be optional for all individuals. We encourage those who would like to or need to wear masks to do so.
 
2. There will continue to be a mask only section in the Epstein Sanctuary (indicated with signs at the end of the row).
 
3. Kiddish will continue to be inside if it is not nice outside.
 
4. A vaccine requirement is still in effect for all individuals who are eligible. The only exceptions to the vaccine requirement are members with valid medical exemptions from a doctor. All vaccination-eligible guests on Beth Sholom premises are required to be vaccinated unless they have a valid medical exemption from a doctor. It will be the responsibility of the Beth Sholom member hosting to ensure that said guests are aware of the vaccine requirement.

5. Finally, individuals who have COVID symptoms should not attend shul. Symptoms include at least one of the following: Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, new onset cough, shortness of breath, or new loss of taste or sense of smell, OR at least two of the following minor symptoms: muscle aches, sore throat, headache, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, chills, fatigue, and congestion or runny nose. Anyone with one of the major or two of the minor symptoms should refrain from attending events at Beth Sholom and consider undergoing COVID testing.

To return to shul after testing positive for Covid, we follow CDC guidelines that one can return to shul after day 5 if symptoms resolved but must remain masked (no eating) through day 10.

6. It is recommended that those who have one of the minor symptoms listed above in #5 should wear a mask. 

As we progress to the next stages of the pandemic, we are immensely grateful to our Health Committee for the countless hours they have spent weighing important questions to keep our community as safe and healthy as possible.

As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions by writing to health@bethsholom.org

-Beth Sholom Congregation

 

 

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