Pandemic Response Update
I'm a volunteer who may have been exposed to Covid. What should I do?
We have created some clear guidelines for all staff and volunteers so that all feel supported by our church and so they have a clear path to follow when personally dealing with this latest wave of Covid. Here are the Covid Guidelines for staff and volunteers.
Fall Plans Still on Track; Masks Required for All
October 6, 2021 Our Church Medical Team met and decided in light of Linn County’s continued transmission rate in the “high transmission” category of Covid (13%) we will continue to require face masks for all mirroring the CDC’s recommendation for “fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high Covid-19 transmission.”
We okayed an upcoming large gathering for Washington High School Choir (Oct. 12) with current mitigation in place. We also okayed adding additional brass instruments at Reformation worship services (Oct. 31) given that Marita or Brett check that they’ve been vaccinated. We support a plan to cancel the RSVP Dinner planned for All Saints Sunday (Nov. 7). If Covid numbers drop that week, we support a plan to move forward with a simple funeral style luncheon that our church can assemble within a few days notice. We scheduled our next meeting for 6 p.m. Wed. Oct. 20th on Zoom.
Our medical professionals are still comfortable with moving forward with our fall plans of a full start-up of Sunday School and programming including the return to serving weekly communion. We will continue to pause all meals including funeral luncheons served inside our building.
In a prior meeting we said it would be okay for families who attend Wednesday night activities on tight time schedules to bring and eat outside food with an encouragement that they socially distance from other families. We also feel the serving of pizza is best paused until further review.
We continue to thank everyone for their patience. All our plans are subject to change on a moment’s notice pending changes in viral activity, infection rates, vaccine efficacy and potential new public health and CDC guidance. We will continue to monitor the situation daily and our team decided to meet regularly every two weeks until the transmission rates fall below 8%.
Any of our team members said they would love to hear from you with any feedback you might have. If you are a member of the church and contact office, we can give you their contact information. Our team consists of the following:
Pr. Craig Brown Pastor/Lead
Pr. Steve Knudson Pastor
Dr. Carla Schulz Medical
Dr. Cindy Hanawalt Medical
Dr. Gordon Baustian Medical
Dr. Tork Harman Medical
Daniel Luepke Staff
Joel Reeves Staff
Marita Wolgast Staff
Tonya Trudo Council
Doug Pauls Council
Rachel Truitt Member
Ted Bey Member
Judy Johnson Member
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