COVID-19 has impacted all of us is one way or another. You might wonder what we are doing to help us to gather safely in our building each Sunday. We are asking people to follow what we see in so many different enviroments: If someone is sick we ask them to stay home. If you come on a Sunday, we ask you to wear a mask in your coming and going and to maintain safe social distancing. We thank you for being cautions and we look forward to you joining us.
Below is our notification process and steps we've been through since the beginning of the pandemic.
COVID-19 Notification Process
We care about you and we care about the other people who participate in a gathering of The STORY Church. In light of COVID (C-19), we know that it is important to have a process in place in case someone who is actively participating in church gatherings has either been exposed or been diagnosed with C-19. Our procedures and other information have been taken from Wylie ISD and/or the CDC.
POSSIBLE EXPOSURE BECAUSE OF CLOSE CONTACT
What counts as close contact?
--You were within 6 feet of someone who has C-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more.
--You provide care at home to someone with C-19.
--Direct physical contact with someone (hugging, kissing...etc) or shared eating/drinking utensils) with C-19. --Someone with C-19 sneezed, coughed, or got respiratory droplets on you.
Out of an abundance of caution, if a person has been in contact with someone who is positive for C-19 but not close contact (been in the same room but not in close contact), we will ask this person and those in their household to isolate themselves from church gatherings for 10 days. The amount of days comes from the time recommended to pass for someone who has been exposed and has symptoms just in case this person has C-19 but is asymptomatic.
A person who had close contact will be asked to isolate from church gatherings for 14 days, as long as they remain symptom free.
POSITIVE TEST OR SYMPTOMS
If a person has tested positive for C-19 or if a person has symptoms but it not evaluated by a medical professional, this individual and any in their household will sadly not be able to return to church gatherings until all three of the following are met.
At least 24 hours have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications).
Individual has significant improvement in symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath).
At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
If a person wants to return in advance of the time allotted for isolation as a safety protocol, it can be done by obtaining a medical certification clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis.
Places like schools, hospitals, care facilities and the like have a higher volume of people and so a greater chance of having people that test positive for C-19. With this, they also have good protocols in place on how to safely deal with these types of situations. If someone who is part of our church (in one of these environments) is found to have potentially been in the presence of a C-19 positive person, we will likely follow the steps put in place for them by the organizations they are part of. Of course, each case is subject to our review.
To protect yourself within a church gathering, maintain social distancing, wear a mask and wash your hands. If you are not wearing a mask, please keep 10 feet of distance between yourself and others. If a positive test happens within our church, directors will discuss the situation and act accordingly. If there is possible exposure, we will contact those it will apply to.
Each situation is different and we will make decisions on the best information and in collaboration with one another.
IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A SITUATION WHERE THERE MIGHT HAVE BEEN EXPOSURE, PLEASE CONTACT THE LEADERSHIP OF THE CHURCH ASAP.
The Directors of The STORY Church.
Kerry Brinkley - Finance Director Vince Beltran - Student/Children’s Director Jazen Miranda - Guest Services Director Ray Miranda - Production Team Director