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KAC’s response to Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. It is thought to be spread mainly from person-to-person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (< 2metres)
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can be inhaled by persons nearby.

Response

Take Steps to protect yourself.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, before eating or after using the toilet. Action: Ensure liquid soap and paper towels available at KAC facilities. Consider use of 60%+ alcohol sanitizer with dispensers located in CPC foyer and Church vestibules.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick or those at higher risk of getting very sick. Stay at least 2m away. No handshakes or embraces. Self- isolate if flu-like symptoms occur.

Take steps to protect others.

  • Stay home if you’re sick, except to get medical care. Self- isolate for 14 days or see Doctor.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze – or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the bin
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for >20 seconds. If not available use sanitizer.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily –Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, taps and sinks. Use detergent, soap and water, or disinfectant – as appropriate to the surface.

Minimisation of spread of Covid-19.

  • No Public Meetings are allowed – all church services and public functions are suspended until further notice – as per Diocesan Directive.
  • All attendees at other small, targeted KAC functions such as Parish Council or Home Growth Groups to practice ‘personal distancing’ and scrupulous personal hygiene.
  • Through good communication and counselling, ensure all persons who have possibly been in contact with the virus are identified and isolated or hospitalised – as per Government regulations.
  • No food or beverage service at any remaining church functions or activities held in KAC facilities.
  • Suspension of Children, Youth and Seniors activities as per Diocesan Directive
  • Suspension of Nursing home visits – as per Government directive.
  • Baptisms and Weddings – defer if possible. No food or drink to be served.
  • Funerals – awaiting advice
  • Note: We are exploring ways of replacing face-to-face ministry with other media such as Podcasts, video conferencing etc
  • KAC Staff to practice personal distancing or be self-isolated and/or take leave.
  • Review the approach weekly, in line with Government and Diocese Directives.
  • Be aware what other Kiama churches are doing in response to the Coronavirus threat

Please Note: while the Diocese and Government Directives insist that we suspend all Public Meetings, the Senior Ministers are concerned that no KAC member feel isolated or disconnected from the church. We will be working on ways to achieve this.

 

References:

  1. Centre for Disease Control & Prevention
  2. NSW Government: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/protect-yourself.aspx
  3. Australian Government: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov.