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COVID-19: Step-by-step Guidance for Handling a Positive Test Result Within the Congregation

Dear Clergy, 

We are praying for you during this season of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is clear that the number of cases continue to rise and the risks associated with the spread of this virus remain very real. We encourage you to continue to monitor the situation in your local context and throughout our state and adjust your plans for ministry accordingly. The Conference Office and your District Superintendent are here to support and resource you as needed.

Some of you have asked what you should do if a staff member, volunteer, or church member tests positive for COVID-19. Our Office of Ministry Protection has prepared this easy resource for you to follow with links to additional documents and guidance. Your District Superintendent can support you in following these protocols. Always remember to carefully protect the identities of infected persons to ensure that health privacy guidelines are maintained. The CDC and your local health department has helpful guidance around isolation and quarantine. OSHA has helpful guidelines around when it involves an employee. All of this and more is linked in this one PDF. 

In the last week, we have had a number of churches report cases connected to their preschools, members, staff, and volunteers. We hope this resource helps guide you in your response. 

Thank you.

To access the links referenced in the image below, Click here to download the coronavirusdiagnosisinchurch.pdf 

To access the links referenced in the image above, Click here to download the coronavirusdiagnosisinchurch.pdf