Bausman Church Reopens for In-Person Worship on March 7, 2021, at 9:30 am.
COVID-19 remains a significant health threat in Berks County. However, over the past month, there are several encouraging health trends:
Hospitalizations are a reliable and accessible number for assessing the amount of significant COVID-19 disease in Berks County. On Feb 13th, the 14-day moving average of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Berks County was 124 patients, down by 47% from the January 20th peak of 234 patients. (data from the PA Dept of Health)
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the percentage of COVID-19 tests in Berks County that are positive is now 8.8%, having fallen from a peak of around 20% in late December. Though this still represents substantial community transmission, the trend line is encouraging.
Vaccinations, though off to a sluggish start, are becoming more available. As of Feb 13th, just over 33,000 Berks Countians have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination injection. This represents about 7.5% of the total county population.
The CDC have published data showing that, with standard COVID-19 public health measures, the transmission of COVID-19 in elementary schools is no greater than in the general community. The CDC is actively encouraging most areas of the country to move forward with in-person elementary, middle, and high school classes.
In view of these encouraging trends, the Bausman Consistory has set a target date of Sunday March 7th for resuming indoor Worship Services. A single 9:30 a.m. service is planned.
The Consistory has approved a detailed protocol for in-person services while the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The protocol is attached to this letter. Some important points from this protocol include:
Please do a “home-screening” before coming to Bausman. If you have a temperature, or are feeling ill in any way, remain at home. The three symptoms of particular concern for COVID-19 are cough, any shortness of breath, and any alteration in the sense of smell or taste.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (610) 375-9790 to reserve your seat(s) by noon Thursday. This will allow us to maintain a 40 to 50 person limit on worship attendees.
The trends in hospitalizations and test positivity will be monitored by members of Consistory, and if the current downward trends begin to flatten or reverse, it may be necessary to resume online-only worship services.
Jim Mathis, Kim Rank Mark Johnson
(Consistory Members) Pastor, Bausman UCC