After much discussion and consideration of options, the GNW COVID-19 Response Team settled on using the “daily new cases per 100k” metric as provided by CovidActNow as the indoor congregational singing threshold for ministries operating in Option 2. While we shouldn’t look at any metric in complete isolation, the new daily case count offers a straightforward measure for assessing community-based risk. In this update, we have aligned our guidance better with the existing risk categories that CovidActNow employs. The recommendation for outdoor congregational singing with masks and distancing remains unchanged.
For ministries using this singing guidance, we recommend checking this metric weekly to ascertain the best plan for that week’s events. We suggest choosing a day midweek and maintaining consistency as to when you check. You should expect some movement in your county’s risk level, especially as communities are impacted by future variants which expose new vulnerabilities.
The following recommendation, applicable only to Option 2 churches, may be adjusted in the future as we learn more about the impact of COVID-19 variants and the resiliency of communities with a high rate of vaccination.
A rationale for the criteria: Understanding the COVID-19 spreads through aerosols (small particulates that can travel significant distances), indoor congregational singing is one of the last activities churches should reengage in. It is not recommended without strict mitigation (beyond CDC guidance) if the "daily new cases per 100k" benchmark in your county is above 1 per 100k. With mitigation in place including masks for all congregants regardless of vaccination status, indoor congregational singing can occur if the "daily new cases per 100k" benchmark remains below 10.
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