COVID-19 Protocols Updated Immediately

As many of you already know the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus has been proven to be more contagious than earlier forms of this virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) described Delta as more transmissible than the common cold and influenza, as well as the viruses that cause smallpox, MERS, SARS, and Ebola—and called it as contagious as chickenpox. (https://www.yalemedicine.org/news/5-things-to-know-delta-variant-covid) The CDC has strongly used the use of facial coverings, no matter one’s vaccination status, when indoors.

Therefore, the leadership of Hope United Church of Christ strongly recommends that persons, no matter one’s vaccination status, wear a facial covering in worship beginning Sunday, August 22.

At this time, we will continue to have the congregation participate in worship with responsive readings, prayers and singing while having a face covering in place. We will not be asking that distance protocols be followed.

Our leadership continues to strongly urge:

  • If you are sick, please stay home
  • Wash your hands often
  • Everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated needs to do so.

Our leadership is continuing to monitor the information available to us regarding increased positive cases and rising hospitalizations in Linn County, the State of Iowa, and across the country in order that we might make the best decisions regarding protocols needed for the safety of all who use our building, worship with us, and participate in the programs and ministries of our church.

If the situation becomes more critical, our attention will be directed to making quick and immediate decisions to keep all as safe as possible.