March 24, 2020
We at Mikveh Bess Israel are closely tracking the progress of the coronavirus outbreak and following the guidelines put forth by the CDC, doctors, and Rabonim very closely to ensure the safety of all our users. According to the CDC the coronavirus bacteria is not passed through chlorinated water. We are maintaining proper ph and chlorine levels and spacing appointments 20 minutes apart. Please be sure to make your appointment 48 hours in advance so we ensure proper spacing of users.
At this time the Mikveh is only open for the purpose of Teharat Hamishpacha. We will be sanitizing the Mikveh and all surfaces between each user. If you have been told to quarantine yourself or a member of your family is sick, please reach out for further guidance. The Mikveh is only open at this moment to healthy individuals, whose family members display no symptoms.
We recommend all Mikveh preparations be done at home including the final shower, which should be done right before coming to the Mikveh. When you arrive at the Mikveh, do a final inspection and comb your hair. We will do an extra dip in the Mikvah to rinse off before Toveling (like Friday night) instead of the shower in the Mikveh building. If you do not have access to a bathtub or cannot prepare at home, please reach out for guidance.
What to expect at the Mikveh:
- Upon arrival all users will be guided to take off their jacket and shoes, and immediately wash their hands. Linens will be given out as needed (all linens in the bathroom need to be washed after. This will help reduce unnecessary laundry.)
- The Mikveh attendant will maintain a 6-foot distance and sanitize her hands before and after each Tevilah.
- For your safety we will also be sanitizing each room and the Mikveh between each use.
We will be sending out periodic updates via whatsapp broadcast. To be included in this list please make sure you have Aidy Rubin's number saved in your phone. If she does not have your number but you wish to receive updates, please message her at 858-254-8536.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Michele Schwanke, President
March 14, 2020
Mikveh Bess Israel is actively monitoring the situation with COVID-19, and we are committed to doing everything possible to help keep everyone safe as we move through these unprecedented times.
We would also like to take this communication as an opportunity to reiterate our cleanliness procedures at the mikvah. According to the CDC, no traces of COVID-19 have been detected in drinking water, and there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19. For more information, visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html.
Mikveh Bess Israel has established protocols to ensure, to the best of our abilities, that attending the mikvah will be a safe, secure and healthy experience. Please take comfort in knowing that we have renewed our protocols and have the following procedures in place:
- Our preparation rooms are cleaned in between each use (sometimes multiple times in a 24-hour period) with a disinfecting cleaner and with emphasis on any handheld items. Additionally, our common areas are thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis, paying special attention to door handles and railings.
- All linens are laundered before use with hot water and detergent.
- We have hand sanitizer in several locations throughout our facility to be used by our staff in between interactions with patrons. Please use them generously as well.
- Mikvah Attendants are washing their hands with soap and water frequently throughout the evening, including in between taking patrons to the mikvah.
- All of the mikvah pools are filtered daily and chlorinated.
We have once again impressed upon our cleaning staff the importance of their attention to our ongoing protocols.
We have and will continue to consult with medical professionals and other communal institutions.
We do need your help. Should you be feeling flu-like or any other symptoms, please consult with and get clearance from both your doctor and your Rabbi before attending the Mikvah. Anyone in quarantine is prohibited from using the Mikvah should consult their Rabbi.
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