WARNING FROM HATZOLAH: This Purim has The Potential To Again Be a “Super Spreader” Event In Our Community

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February 22, 2021

Dear Community Member,

Before last Purim, we released our first community advisory regarding a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that was starting to spread in the United States. At that time, we encouraged the community to take basic precautions and to cancel any large gatherings, including on Purim. Immediately after Purim, unfortunately we saw a tremendous Increase in COVID-19 cases in our community. The devastation that COVID-19 left in its wake was enormous.

This Purim has the potential to again be a “super-spreader” event in our community. As such, we feel compelled to release this advisory and remind people not to become complacent. We are hopefully nearing the end of this terrible pandemic, but we are not there yet. There are still many vulnerable people in our community who need to be protected.

We want to remind you:

  • Follow recommended CDC and government social distancing and mask precautions.
  • Large gatherings should still be avoided, if possible.
  • High-risk individuals should be extra cautious.
  • If you are feeling sick: STAY HOME and consult your doctor if you have any medical questions.
  • In the event of an emergency, call Hatzalah.

A tremendous amount has been learned about COVID-19 over the past year, and there are several therapies and vaccines available now that have been helping to alter the disease trajectory.

Cases in the United States are ב”ה on a downward trend, yet there are still many new cases of COVID each day. Hatzalah still sees new cases daily.

We implore you to remain committed to the safe-practices listed above. With Hashem’s help, we will get through this together as a community.

We are Mispallel and hope that this Purim the words of the Megilla ויקר וששון ושמחה אורה הייתה ליהודים come true.


10 COMMENTS

  1. If you do not feel sick but have any slight symptoms, stay home.
    I am aware of a case where the person had a slight cough, nothing suspicious yet spread it to others that were hospitalized.

  2. yet there are still many new cases of COVID each day Because sleepy joe is not capable of solving this Corona despite his pledge to do so.
    If President Donald Trump who was duly reelected had not had the election stolen from him, we all would already be vaccinated.

  3. This is so obvious that it’s mind boggling that after last year’s Purim, people need to be reminded to take precautions this year. What’s even more stunning is that there are people in denial and efusing to n=believe that it’s still here and presenting a danger. To hear words such as It’s not here.”, “it’s just a flu”, “masks don’t help”.
    And now to add to the idiocy, we actually hear people advising, with a missionary zeal, against the vaccine with all kinds of nonsense talk. The saddest part is that otherwise bright people buy into this anti-vax nonsense.

  4. This Purim has The Potential To Again Be a “Super Spreader” Event In Our Community Therefore I am going to stay at home all day Purim, and listen to the Megillah over zoom like I did last year, to comply with the Torah precept of ונשמרתם מאד לנפשותיכם, and shall send my Shelach Monos via Amazon to be delivered on Purim day, and send my Matonos l’Evyonim over the internet, because nothing is more important than the safety of my health and not catching Corona השם ירחם

  5. BS”D
    Does the mitzvah of not standing idly by the blood of thy brother not apply if keeping it would make fools of Fauci and Co.?
    Use hydroxychloroquine, zinc, ivormectin preventatively or as treatment in the early stages.
    There would be close to zero deaths.
    No need for just about useless social distancing, masks, lockdowns, etc.
    Jews would being living normally and be a light unto the nations.