COVID-19 and The Sunday Jam
- As of March 12, 2020 the Sunday jam is suspended, in response to this DC government Health Advisory and the general imperative for social distancing in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. At time of writing we cannot anticipate when we will be able to reconvene.
Prior Status (click to show)
- March 10, 2020 - Continuing the Sunday jam until incidence of community transmission suggests that we refrain
- March 7, 2020: [DC Department of Health Confirms First Coronavirus Case](- DC Department of Health Confirms First Coronavirus Case)
Starts with: "Risk for community spread in the District remains low"
- March 9, 2020: DC Health Statement Regarding Christ Church
"On March 7, 2020, DC Health was notified of a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Christ Church, Georgetown Episcopal. Through DC Health’s investigation, in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all visitors to Christ Church, Georgetown Episcopal on February 24th, and between February 28th and March 3rd could have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19, and DC Health is recommending that anyone who visited Christ Church, Georgetown Episcopal on those dates isolate themselves at home for 14 days from the last time they visited the church. Isolating at home includes not going to work or school, and not attending any large or public gatherings, or using public transportation or ride-sharing. DC Health may also be reaching out to certain individuals who are more likely to have been exposed with further guidance."
Things are developing fast, and may be getting near the threshold where we have to consider cancelling the jam. We'll continue to monitor, and update as the situation requires. As a few people have pointed out, while there are risks in social contact (and contact improv), there are important benefits, as well - positive connection can have a positive effect on health, for instance. We want to continue holding our regular sessions as long as it's responsible to do so.
Of course, the emerging guidelines for taking care of yourself and others with the prospect of the coronavirus apply to us all. In particular, if you're feeling sick, please do not attend! I'm not going to go over stuff like washing your hands and not touching your face - there are many good places to find that kind of information, like https://coronavirus.dc.gov/page/how-protect-yourself-covid-19.