GFLC COVID UPDATES                             


Updated & Posted: May 8, 2021

From the Reopening Team:

The reopening team continues to meet regularly.   The charts below are an example of the kind of tracking we are doing to help assess when we might safely begin to gather for in-person indoor worship services.  Beginning May 21st, Deschutes County moved to Lower Risk based on good progress with vaccinations in the county.  We remain at an “Unsafe to Gather” indoors assessment.  Our intent is to continue with Sunday 9:00AM livestream worship and 10:30AM outdoor worship with communion until Deschutes County has been at Lower Risk for at least 4 weeks.

The most important thing each of us can do at this point is to get vaccinated when we’re eligible and to encourage family, friends and neighbors to do so as well.  And remember to continue wearing masks, social distancing and washing your hands.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact anyone on the Reopening Team:  Bev Barnhart, Carolyn Clontz, Christine Jacobsen, Dana Topliff, Glenn Topliff, Pastor Andrew and Tom Francois.


                                                                                                                                    Deschutes County

Wisconsin Council of Churches Guidelines                                                            (pop. 197,692)


                                             Unsafe to Gather    Make it Safer    Safest                 As of: 5/29/2021

Vaccination Rates               <50%                       50-70%             70-85%+             47.8% (94,077 fully vaccinated)

Daily new cases per 100K   >10/100K                 5-10/100K        <1/100K                18/100K (past 2 weeks)

Positive Tests                     >10%                         <10%                 <3%                      7.3%

County Risk Level                                                                                                      Lower Risk started 5/21

Safety Level                                                                                                                Unsafe to Gather Inside


When begin

gathering           Unsafe                 Make it Safer                   Safest                       GFLC currently at the "make it safer" level

                                                                                                                                    with just the worship team on Sundays


                           All at once            Face masks mandatory  All of the "make it safer"

                                                                                                  plus no or minimized singing                                                        


                           Unmasked            Physical distancing         Hybrid, phased plan          


                           No distancing       Low-touch environment Wait 1 month+ between



                           Full capacity         Outdoors or increased   Fallback plan for         

                                                         air exchange                   outbreaks


                           Assembly              Shortened time              Communication plan

                           singing                  of service                    


                           Eating                    Singing by worship        Team responsibility                     

                           together                 leaders only       

                                                          Focus on sanitizing

                                                          high-touch surfaces                    


                                                          Sign-in/ attendance list