The PVCC COVID-19 Task Group met again on Sunday, January 9 to continue our discussion of COVID, Zoom worship, and our church family. In light of the high positivity rates in Sedgwick County and the overwhelmed hospitals, we will continue worshiping via Zoom through the end of this month (January 30). However, we will continue to monitor the rates and if we see the data begin to decline, the Task Group will meet to discuss changing our decision.
While not one of us on the Task Group likes to worship via Zoom, we know we’re making these decisions to not only protect our own individual health, but also that of the larger community. We recognize the local hospitals are overwhelmed and the health professionals and administrators are begging folks to get vaccinated, wear masks, practice physical distancing, and avoid indoor gatherings, if possible.
The positivity rate for Sedgwick County on Monday, January 10 was 19.7 percent, according to the Sedgwick County Health Department and 24 percent according to COVID Act Now.
We value every member of this special congregation and we do not want anyone to suffer even a mild case of the COVID virus. We feel it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Until we meet again in-person, please take a minute to examine the type of mask you wear outside of your home. If you wear a cloth mask, please make sure it has more than a single layer. To test its effectiveness, the CDC suggests trying to blow out a candle while wearing your mask. If you are able to blow out the candle, the mask will do nothing to protect you. Consider double masking. When we return to in-person worship, N or KN-95 masks will be made available which will provide even better protection.