Plymouth's Mask Ministry has been hard at work making and distributing masks to the community.
As difficult as these past few months have been, re-opening Lawrence will be equally fraught with uncertainty and concern. Each of us will have to decide how much risk we are willing to accept as Kansas and Missouri enter into the next phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of us will continue to shelter at home; some of us will cautiously return to work. As social distancing guidelines are relaxed at federal and state levels, transmission is likely to increase and it will continue to be important to preserve our ability to respond to a surge.
With a 31% increase in COVID-19 cases in Douglas County over the past week, Dr. Jennifer Schrimsher, infectious disease physician at LMH Health, reminds us of the following: “Everyone still needs to wear a mask, keep their distance, avoid large gatherings, and be diligent about hand hygiene. We still need to avoid nonessential travel and pay attention to the ever-evolving travel restrictions.”
How You Can Help:
Stay at home if you feel sick.
Maintain social distancing guidelines: 6 feet apart. Avoid gatherings with more than 45 people. Keep your circle of close contacts small.
Limit the items or surfaces that you need to touch.
Wash hands frequently and clean/disinfect high-touch surfaces. The CDC does not recommend wearing gloves.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
A cloth face covering (mouth and nose) is strongly encouraged in all businesses and public places.
Contact your physician if you feel ill or recognize symptoms that indicate COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell).
People will be required to wear masks in all indoor public spaces where six feet of separation is not possible — including businesses, workplaces and public facilities such as community centers or libraries — in Douglas County beginning 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 1.
If you need a mask:
Our mask makers have been hard at work to produce high quality masks for our congregation and the community. Materials are donated by the makers and others, and are a labor of love. The true resource is in the labor, as each mask takes around 30 - 45 minutes to make.
The mask ministry is currently working on orders for community members that don’t have the resources to purchase their own.
If you need masks, for you or your family, please request some here!
We are providing these free as a an act of love for our congregation and community. If you have the resources, we would always appreciate a donation to the Pastor’s Emergency Fund. Thank you for your support!
In addition, there are masks available to purchase on Etsy. If you purchase a mask on the market, here’s what to look for: three layers, washable, covers the mouth and nose well, and a built in nose piece.
State Information: State public health information
Gov Kelly’s office: Details of Kansas re-opening plan
Douglas County Health Department: County public health information
Douglas County Coronavirus Response: General information about Covid-19 assistance in Douglas County