Covid Task Force
Update from the Covid Task Force 1 January 2023
The Covid Task Force continues to meet monthly. Covid-19 has not gone away. A new Omicron variant, XBB now causes 50% of the Covid illness in the Northeastern US and is very contagious like the other Omicron variants. In Montgomery County the number of hospitalizations and the percentage of beds occupied by Covid-19 patients have both risen to the medium level of risk. With the holiday travels and gatherings, this will continue to increase. Wearing masks indoors and in any large crowd is highly advised. Several members of the congregation have recently had Covid and have done well because they are vaccinated.
Masks and getting the Flu vaccine help protect from Influenza, and masks help protect us from the current surge of the RSV virus.
We have members of our church family who are immune compromised or unable to be vaccinated. We have a number of elderly members who enjoy attending church in person. We sing and we socialize.
As a welcoming community, we want everyone who comes to our building to be able to participate safely in our services and events. We have chosen not to invade the private choices about vaccinations and Omicron BA.5 causes illness in even vaccinated people. Therefore, we care for our neighbors and ourselves by continuing to use our filtration units and wear our most effective N95 or KN95 masks. This decision is reviewed at each monthly Covid Task Force meeting.
If you have questions please contact the Task Force Chair, Dr. Donna Perry (email@example.com)