Following are the latest recommendations from our Heath Policy Advisory Committee, who met yesterday to consider how best for us to move forward as a congregation in relation to the transmission risks posed specifically by COVID but by other infectious diseases as well.
As we enter this new masking-as-optional phase of our life together, please be mindful that we are bound together in God’s love and that each of us is obligated to all the rest of us to keep one another as safe and healthy as possible and never knowingly to put anyone else’s well-being at risk by our own behavior. Therefore, please stay away from church if you have any of the symptoms enumerated in the letter from the committee. I will continue primarily to mask when inside the church and in close proximity to others, both to keep my oldish self healthy and to keep others safe from anything I might inadvertently be sharing, but it will be a great relief for me and for many of you too, I suspect, to have at least the freedom to forego wearing a mask indoors on the campus.
As always, feel free to be in touch with any questions or concerns, and please join me in personally thanking the members of the committee, whose names are appended to the recommendation letter, for their diligent care and ministry on behalf of us all. We are fortunate to have such a deep and generous well of expertise in our midst!
Click here to read the latest updates from our Health Advisory Committee.
Click here to read past updates from our Health Advisory Committee.
As always, your questions, concerns, and comments are welcomed by the committee. Thank you for putting your faith into action and protecting those around you, and yourself.
Sandy Abrams, PT, MEd, DPT, Physical Therapist, Chestnut Hill Hospital
James Buehler, MD, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University, Former Commissioner, Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health, Former CDC Official
Dick Dupuis, MD, Retired Pulmonologist
Lydia Ogden, PhD, MPP, Vestry Member, Former CDC Official
Nate Pierce, MD, Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, International Health Department
Paula Wineland, MD, Vestry Member, Retired Geriatrician
COVID Update March 6th, 2023
Dear St. Martin’s Community: As promised in late January, your ad hoc infectious diseases committee, fondly and irreverently known as the Medicine Cabinet, continues to monitor the tripledemic of COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial ...