Grace and peace to you,
On Friday, March 20, Kenilworth Union Church learned that an administrative employee has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This employee was last at the church over a week ago and is thankfully not experiencing any severe symptoms at this time. In addition, on Wednesday, March 18, we learned that a parent of A Joyful Noise Preschool student who was in a classroom on Thursday, March 12 was confirmed positive for COVID-19.
Our prayers are with these families and all those who care for them.
When we learned about the AJN parent, The Center for Disease Control, Illinois Department of Public Health, and Illinois Department of Children and Family Services were notified along with all families and teachers associated with AJN Preschool.
Since all Kenilworth Union Church and AJN Preschool activities in the building were suspended on Friday, March 13, the implications are remote of further spread to AJN children, their families, and our church members. Our building closed for activities and a thorough cleaning of the entire building, including all classrooms, began and continues.
At this point, there are enough cases in our community crossing enough spaces and places that we encourage you to behave as if you are carrying COVID-19, whether or not you suspect you may have been exposed. Self-isolate as much as possible. Care for yourself and your neighbors.
If you have any symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath) you are encouraged to call your doctor in accordance with CDC guidelines. You can read the most up-to-date guidelines from the CDC here.
The local health department states the most likely period to exhibit symptoms is 5–7 days after exposure, a time period that has already passed since this individual was in our building.
Please contact one of our ministers or a member of the board of trustees for your prayer concerns or any way the church can help you or members of this community.
We have the strength and power of community as the body of Christ to endure such hardships and grow in strength. In this time of Lent, we are more aware of the gift of Jesus.