Good morning, church!
Last week, the CDC released updated recommendations for COVID-19 mitigation. While previous recommendations were based primarily on transmission rates, the CDC’s new guidelines combine transmission, hospitalization, and mortality rates to determine overall community risk. The new categories of “low,” “medium,” and “high” risk provide a fuller and clearer picture of the current COVID situation in our community.
On March 2, 2022, the Wesley Church Trustees voted to adopt the CDC’s new guidelines for COVID-19 mitigation. Northampton County is currently in the “medium” risk category – and therefore, a “mask optional” category. (For full guidelines of the “medium” category, see below).
Given these recommendations, masking will now be optional at Wesley Church, effective Thursday, March 3, 2022.
We hope that transmission rates will continue to decrease as we move into spring and summer – and yet, we know that the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet behind us. Our church Trustees will continue to monitor our county’s risk category and communicate any changes to our masking policies.
As we continue to navigate the ever-changing realities of COVID-tide, we also continue to proclaim the truth we’ve held since the beginning:
Our God is bigger than coronavirus.
Our vision is bigger than coronavirus, too.
We are people blessing people.
We are Wesley Church.
For counties in “medium” risk, the CDC’s recommendations are as follows:
- 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.
Regardless of risk category:
- People may choose to mask at any time.
- People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.
For more information, visit the CDC’s website.