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COVID Notification Policy

 The COVID committee would like to inform the congregation of our exposure notification policy if someone at a shul event tests positive for COVID 19. We have been following the same protocol used by King County Public Health.

Per the CDC and King County Public Health, an individual who tests positive for COVID 19 is considered potentially infectious starting 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms.  If they are asymptomatic, they are considered infectious starting 48 hours before the day of their COVID test.

If the office is notified that someone who attended a shul event subsequently tests positive for COVID 19, we determine whether they were potentially infectious the day of the event following the above guidelines.  If so, we ask them if they had any high risk exposures. A high risk exposure is defined as being within 6 feet of the person for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

We will individually contact anyone identified as a close contact and recommend that they test and quarantine as per King County health guidelines which currently differ based on vaccination status.  https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/care/quarantine.aspx

Although there is no recommendation from King County Public Health to notify people not identified as close contacts, out of an abundance of caution, the COVID committee has chosen to notify all known attendees of an event in which there was a potentially infected person. Because we do not have any way to know for sure who was at the event, we will notify everyone who registered for the event and anyone who contacts the office after the event to let us know they attended. That means that if you registered for an event and did not attend, you will still be notified. If you attended an event and did not register or notify the office, you will not be notified.

Please feel free to contact the CBS office with questions.

COVID Protocols

Anyone displaying possible symptoms of Covid  may not enter the building and may not attend indoor or outdoor services

Symptoms include: 

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

When are masks required?

  • For both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons at all times when you are in the Beth Shalom building.  Masks must cover both nose and mouth. 
  • At all events (indoors and outdoors) geared towards youth under 12 and families.
  • At all outdoor services.

When is vaccination required?

To attend Shabbat or Holiday Services at Beth Shalom everyone 12 yrs and older must be vaccinated starting September 1st, 2021.

All youth 5-11 will be required to be fully vaccinated starting, January 1st, 2022. Full vaccination means 2 weeks since receiving their second dose. 

Those who have a medical exemption may contact the Front Office or COVID committee to get approval to attend services at Beth Shalom.
 

What does this mean for events with food, or Kiddush Lunch?

We are aware that it is getting colder and more challenging to eat outside. Currently, the rate of COVID cases in Seattle is still in the Substantial range, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control.  Once the COVID-19 level drops to the Moderate range for two weeks in a row, we will bring back the option to eat indoors.

In the meantime, we will continue outdoor dining only. Please dress warmly and feel free to bring hats, gloves and blankets.

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