Current COVID-19 Protocols

On March 15, 2022 the vestry adopted a new COVID-19 policy that supersedes all previous policies. The new policy provides varying levels of precautions based on the CDC “Community Level” metric. The policy has both a recommended individual response as well as a set of community responses for each level.

In Clay County our current level is LOW

Individual Response

LowMediumHigh
People are Encouraged To– Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
Get tested if you have symptoms
– Stay home if you are sick
– If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions
– Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
Get tested if you have symptoms
– Stay home if you are sick
– Wear a mask indoors in public
– Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
Get tested if you have symptoms
– Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness
– Stay home if you are sick

People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should stay home and follow CDC Guidelines for when to return and how long to wear a mask in public..

If you are immunocompromised or high risk for severe disease, learn more about how to protect yourself.

Community Response

LowMediumHigh
Food and Hospitality– No Restrictions– No restrictions– Outside if Possible
– Encourage distance between households while eating
Group Gatherings– No restrictions– No restrictions– Meet outdoors if possible
– Consider larger indoor spaces for group meetings if outdoor meetings are not possible
Seating in Church– No Roped Pews– Safer Zone marked by ropes
– Masks optional in this zone
– Safer Zone marked by ropes
– Masks required in this zone
Gospel Procession– Yes– Yes– Yes
Celebration of Communion– Sanitize hands before celebration
– Deacon and Crucifer may join the Celebrant at the altar
– Sanitize hands before celebration
– One assistant may join the Celebrant at the altar
– Masking during celebration is optional
– Sanitize hands before celebration
– Only Celebrant at the altar
– Celebrant should mask during celebration
Distribution of Communion– Those helping with distribution should sanitize hands before distribution
– People receive at the altar rail and consume before leaving the altar rail
– Deacon and may assist with distribution
– Crucifer may assist with chalice when communion in both kinds is permitted
– Masks not required for communion ministers Communion will be in the form of bread-only or bread with a dried drop of wine but may shift to communion in both kinds when approved by the Bishop
– Those helping with distribution should sanitize hands before distribution
– People receive at the altar rail and consume before leaving the altar rail
– Deacon may assist with distribution
– Celebrant and deacon should mask during distribution
– Communion will be in the form of bread-only or bread with a dried drop of wine
– Those helping with distribution should sanitize hands before distribution
– People receive at standing at the crossing and take host back to their seat for consumption- Only celebrant distributes communion to the people
– Celebrant should mask during distribution
– Communion will be in the form of bread-only or bread with a dried drop of wine

Coronavirus Prayer

“Fear not” is a phrase repeated over and over again in God’s word, and Jesus and St. Paul both encourage us to “not be anxious.” We believe that the Lord will deliver us from this “deadly pestilence” of Coronavirus and we urge you to pray to that end. Let’s put this whole situation in the hands of the one who is Mighty to Save. Please consider making the following prayer a part of your daily prayers.

Almighty God, our strong tower of defense in time of trouble: we ask for your protection and deliverance from the dangers of the Coronavirus which continues to move through our nation and around the world. Please heal those who are sick, (especially ______________,) comfort those who mourn, give wisdom to our leaders, protect those in the medical professions, and grant that in all our troubles we may put our whole trust and confidence in your mercy, serving you in holiness and purity of life, to your honor and glory; through our only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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