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COVID-19 Update for the Crown Heights Community #23

With Pesach now behind us, there are many questions arising about our approach as a community in the coming days and weeks. The following is an attempt to address some of the issues, while at the same time acknowledging that there remains much about COVID, the disease and the virus, that is unknown, making clear answers to all the questions difficult if not impossible.

What we do know, based on our data thus far, is that there remains a sizable portion of our community who have not been sick yet, particularly among the elderly. In addition, there continue to be sporadic (albeit very rare) new cases in our community. We are deeply concerned that premature social mingling may result in increasing numbers of new cases, and in particular this may have a serious effect on the more vulnerable populations. This remains so particularly considering that at this time we have no reliable way of knowing when one is no longer able to infect someone else, and no reliable way of knowing with certainty when one is immune.

Therefore, as a result of the fact that we simply do not have enough information to safely make certain social decisions at this time, as well as the presence of many vulnerable members of our community, we must continue to make the following recommendations:

As a community, we have been struggling against this pandemic for over a month now, and we continue to struggle. The difficulty of social isolation and distancing is, for many people, quite profound and distressing. We ask that the public please continue to adhere to the above guidelines, and we hope and pray we will be through this pandemic very soon.

We have been receiving many calls related to returning to work and daily routine in various forms. In line with our guidelines above, we are asking that we as a community continue to overall stay home as much as possible, as we have been doing the past few weeks. We believe it is too early to begin “opening up”, for fear of seeing a resurgence of cases. The process will more than likely be one of trickling back to normalcy in small steps, making sure there are no mishaps as we go, and not a sudden opening of the gates, however we are not quite there yet!

With respect to antibody testing:

Social support services:

COVID hotline: 212-901-2000
We are open 12-8pm for this week, and Friday 10-3
If you call and no one answers, please leave a message and someone will call you back (likely from a restricted number).

Errand support: chcovid@gmail.com (or call the hotline)
Errands will be open 12-6pm Monday & Thursday, and 10-3pm Fri.
We will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday this week. If it is an urgent errand such a medication please leave a voicemail.

A special thank you to all the amazing Gedaliah Society volunteers for continually dedicating their time and energy to all these wonderful programs!

For anyone who has become sick in the last 2 weeks or so, please document that here: Hatzalah/TGS COVID Survey

We’d like to take this opportunity to once again thank the members of Hatzalah for their extraordinary and tireless efforts, truly sacrificing their own comfort and safety for the sake of our community; for that, we are eternally grateful.

Wishing everyone well,

– The Gedaliah Society, in conjunction with Dr. Rosen