Covid-19 Update for Local Churches

posted on November 18


Dear Friends,

Please find below some new and critical information from our NC Department of Health and Human Services about the rising COVID-19 numbers across our state. We ask that you take a VERY CLOSE LOOK at these current percentages, and that you continue to monitor them as you plan week to week in your congregations. You will find that the current data reveals the following about our Northern Piedmont District, based on November viral spread, percentage of 14-day positive cases, and subsequent hospital impact:
Caswell County - ORANGE (Substantial Concern 8.2%) 
Davidson County - YELLOW (Significant Concern 7.4%)
Forsyth County - ORANGE (Substantial Concern 8.6%)
Guilford County - YELLOW (Significant Concern 7.9%)

Randolph County - ORANGE (Substantial Concern 9.6%)
Rockingham County - ORANGE (Substantial Concern 8.3%) 

You can access the current information on the NCDHHS Covid-19 Dashboard to monitor your county's case rate and percent positive.

Many of our congregations are planning to be online only on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, due to cross-county and even cross-state travel. This may be a very wise idea.

Stay safe, be patient, and lead lovingly and with caution,
Rev. Beverly B. Coppley
District Superintendent
& Chief Missional Strategist

Western North Carolina Conference
Covid-19 Update for Local Churches
November 18, 2020

Yesterday, Governor Cooper released a new COVID-19 County Alert System to give individuals, businesses, community organizations, and public officials another tool to understand the community spread in their county and to make decisions about actions to slow the spread of the virus.
The Bishop and Cabinet urge pastors and church leaders to use this system to monitor their county and to reconsider their decision to hold indoor worship, particularly if their county is “red”.  
All local churches are asked to use extreme caution in response to the recent rapid spread of the virus.
We thank the United Methodists across Western North Carolina for “loving their neighbor” by doing all that they can do to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

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