Johns Hopkins and Baltimore officials team up to help religious institutions reopen safely – CBS Baltimore
BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Officials from Johns Hopkins Medicine and Baltimore are working together to help churches, mosques, temples and other religious institutions reopen safely as the city emerges from the pandemic.
Bishop James Nelson said he always made sure his parishioners were socially distanced when they went to church on Sundays.
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“I want to make sure we’re doing all of our due diligence,” Bishop Nelson said. He added that he wanted to make sure each of them felt comfortable and safe while worshiping at Destiny Christian Church in Southeast Baltimore.
Church continues to follow advice from infectious disease experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine
who have been working with religious leaders for months to make sure every place of worship reopens safely.
“We moved on to what we call congregational conversations where we have Zoom meetings like this with synagogues, mosques and churches to talk about some infection control policies that we recommend with the CDC and Johns Hopkins. “said Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos, assistant professor at John’s Hopkins School of Medicine, pulmonology physician and critic.
Doctors recommended that religious leaders continue to take measures to stop the spread, such as physical distancing, hand hygiene, wiping surfaces and continue to advocate for vaccination.
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“We have a new variant. The Delta variant which is still on the rise is still trying to understand this variant, then you have the juxtaposition of those vaccinated versus those that are not vaccinated ”,
Bishop Nelson said some of his parishioners are still concerned about covid and many continue to worship virtually. He is hoping for a full reopening of his church soon, but said he will continue to do everything possible to stay away from covid with the help of Hopkins’ doctors.
“We’re doing well, don’t get me wrong, but doing well doesn’t mean we suddenly stop what we’re doing. We continue to make sure this pandemic is a thing of the past, ”said Nelson.
Bishop Nelson said the church will fully reopen on the third Sunday of the month.
Johns Hopkins doctors are also helping places of worship learn to recognize and respond to mental health issues related to covid and connect people with the help they need.
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