As the Dane County metrics continue to keep us at the CovidActNow risk level of “very high,” JRUUC remains at Level 4 of our Covid-19 Strategic Plan. All activities are online or outdoors.
The COVID-19 Task Force is in the process of incorporating your feedback into the new version of the Strategic Plan, and we hope to have it ready to send to the Board for approval at the January 19 meeting. In the meantime, the Wisconsin Council of Churches (one of our resources) has sent out a press release advising congregations who have opened for in-person worship to “return to physically distanced ministry” because of the highly infectious nature of the Omicron variant, “until a smaller proportion of the population is sick and less burdened hospitals allow for people to be treated in a timely manner.” At this point, they’re recommending that congregations not gather in person for the next four to six weeks. The Task Force members aren’t surprised by this, given that MMSD schools have made the decision to go back to virtual teaching because of Omicron as well, and we’re discussing this development as we finalize the Strategic Plan.