Simon’s Says

As I wrote to our Regathering Team earlier this week, “Just when I was thinking it safe to tiptoe back into the water, CT's positivity rate goes up to over 3%.”  It’s a manageable rate, and medical professionals caution that while it is not cause for alarm, it does speak to the need to remain cautious.
So I did a little homework. First, here is the latest (dated today) from the CDC re: Middlesex County:
“In Middlesex County, Connecticut, community transmission is substantial Transmission.  Everyone should wear a mask in public indoor settings.
Mask requirements might vary from place to place. Make sure you follow local laws, rules, regulations or guidance.”
Next are Deborah Ringen's thoughts from the SNEUCC Leadership Forum in response to a colleague's query about loosening the mask requirement in a Litchfield County church where nearly everyone is vaccinated:
“If you are in an area of substantial or high spread the CDC recommends masks for all. Given that some who are vaccinated are immune compromised and will not have as robust a response to the vaccine, and that children are not yet fully vaccinated I still recommend masks. They are not that big a deal. People also are in contact with more and more people in different circumstances. The pandemic is slowing, if we can get it down to endemic stays like the flu, we can re-think our recommendations. Let’s stay cautious and protect everyone.  This is my opinion from all I have read and heard from some professional sources.” - Debbie Ringen, Minister of Health and Wellness, SNEUCC.
So while we are beginning to long for a complete return to life as we knew it before the pandemic, we still need to care deeply for one another, and if that means a bit more time before relaxing our caution in any significant way, then we can do it.  Mask up, keep your distance, wash your hands, and if you haven’t already, get vaccinated.

And here is a real joy to leading into Sunday:  our dear Phyllis Webb is turning 100 on Thanksgiving Day.  If you would like to send her a card – and we hope you will – her address is 41 Garden Street, Enfield, CT. 06082-3650.

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