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COVID-19 Response Plan

Goal

  • The response plan must be staged, localized by county based on official, publicly available, vetted scientific data.

  • The stages in our plan aim to be proportional to the exponential growth of COVID-19.

Overall

  • We will continue to live stream during all stages.

  • Communication of changes between stages will be shared by OneCallNow, website, church landline phone voicemail greeting, and Google Voice voicemail greeting.

STAGE 1: Based on Friday's numbers 0-9 cases per 100,000 people average in the past 7 days in any of our counties (the highest of Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson)

  • All activities normal

  • Good public health practices

    • Anyone who is or feels immuno-compromised should stay home.

    • Screen each attendee

      • Prospective attendees may not attend if any of the following are true: cough, fever over 100.4, shortness of breath, or contact with anyone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

      • Each attendee temperature taken at door with contactless thermometer.

  • Educate

STAGE 2: Based on Friday's numbers 10-44 cases per 100,000 people average in the past 7 days in any of our counties (the highest of Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson)

  • Modify some activities

    • Screening described above PLUS

    • Disinfection of high contact surfaces before, during, and after services.

    • Social distance seating options available to all who want it (six feet distance between non family members)

    • We are exploring an offering bag on a pole.  If not the offering will be collected as people exit.  There will be no hand to hand passing of the offering plate.  

    • Parents may choose to allow their children to come up front for the children's story.  The children's offering will not be collected.

    • Potlucks will be available with food served cafeteria style with new plates each serving.

    • Church Board will be in person and online/phone conference to accommodate immunocompromised church board members.

    • No communion.

    • No overnight events. [The Elder's Board will explore outdoor events where each family is socially distanced from one another on overnight events.]

  • Begin to implement response plan

  • Communicate

STAGE 3:

3a response (Executive recommendation we believe to be important OR based on Friday's numbers 45-49 cases per 100,000 people average in the past 7 days in any of our counties (the highest of Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson)):

  • Modify and cancel some activities

    • Screening and modified activities above PLUS

    • Social distancing mandatory for all participants.  Multiple Church and Sabbath School services may be needed.

    • No handshakes or hugs

    • Masks are still optional.  The use of masks as currently used is of questionable scientific benefit.

  • Communicate

3b response (Executive recommendation we believe to be important OR based on Friday's numbers 50-54 cases per 100,000 people average in the past 7 days in any of our counties (the highest of Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson)):

  • Cancel all but the most essential in-person activities

    • All previous restrictions PLUS

    • No children’s Sabbath School Divisions.  Only Youth, Young Adult, and Adult Sabbath School divisions.

    • Consider allowing or eliminating other non-church service events on a case by case basis

3c response (Executive Order OR based on Friday's numbers 55-59 cases per 100,000 people average in the past 7 days in any of our counties (the highest of Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson)):

  • Church closure with only streaming staff and participants.  Usually nine or less people are permitted per Executive Order

  • All in person official church gatherings are cancelled

  • Drive in church where family members stay in their vehicles will be permitted for Sabbath School and Church services

3d response (Executive Order OR based on Friday's numbers 60+ cases per 100,000 people average in the past 7 days in any of our counties (the highest of Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson)):

  • Stream from homes only