The human spirit will endure sickness;
but a broken spirit—who can bear?
An intelligent mind acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
— Proverbs 18:14-15
Omicron variant of COVID-19
Even though we are past the Omicron wave of December/January, there is still some community transmission in King County. We will ventilate our indoor spaces to try to reduce transmission, and we want everyone to wear a mask inside the building, especially when singing. The newer variants of COVID are far more infectious than the original, so it is still very important to be aware of our surroundings and the safety of others. “A mild case” can also be “the sickest you have ever been in your life!” We are thankful to be located in a highly vaccinated area. The current COVID new case data is available here: Key indicators of COVID-19 activity – King County
King County FAQ for religious and faith-based groups
From King County’s blog, Aug. 5, 2021: Three recent COVID-19 outbreaks – and what the data says about how to prevent a larger surge in cases – PUBLIC HEALTH INSIDER
What we need to understand: Immune systems take time to rid your body of the virus, even if they “know what to look for” because you are vaccinated. Asymptomatic / presymptomatic COVID cases distribute virus through the air. The amount of initial viral load definitely affects how much stress is placed on a person’s immune system, and masking/distancing reduces spread and risk to everyone – vaccinated or not.
In-person services are every other week – check the calendar on the homepage.
Our Covid-19 cleaning and prep guidelines apply to everyone who is using the sanctuary.
The global pandemic has seriously affected all areas of our lives. COVID-19 is a completely different kind of disease that is extremely contagious. It is very dangerous for people aged 65 and up. It causes tiny blood clots throughout the body, even in otherwise asymptomatic patients. We don’t know why young people and children are less likely to have severe symptoms (although some of them do). We know that vaccines work well, and they eliminate hospitalization and death except in some cases where the person is immunocompromised and at risk from exposure to any disease. We have been holding worship online. We are creating YouTube videos every week which follow the usual order of service, and you may read them in text form here: Online Services
We are reinstating worship services biweekly: if infection rates go down (and stay down) we may begin weekly in-person services in the fall. This allows an opportunity to integrate online worship with in-person worship, without putting too much pressure on staff as we work out all of the kinks in livestreaming, the soundboard, camera placement, and other logistics.
Guidelines for Religious Organizations
WA State Religious Guidelines released June 3, 2021
Music and COVID
The Science Behind Orchestras’ Careful COVID Comeback (Wired, June 8, 2020)
Aerosol Emissions and Performing Musicians (National Federation of State High School Associations)
COVID-19 and what we know about the disease
Case Histories/superspreader events
Churches Emerge as Major Sources of Coronavirus Cases (New York Times, July 8, 2020)