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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 Tennessee Department of Health County Data Snapshot will be our primary source when filtered for Grainger, Hamblen, and Jefferson Counties.

    • The Harvard Global Health Institute and Brown School of Public Health COVID Risk Levels Dashboard will be our secondary source when filtered for Grainger, Hamblen, and Jefferson Counties.

  • 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 via OneCallNow.

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

  • All activities normal

  • 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, unprotected contact with anyone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or still under CDC quarantine after positive COVID-19 test.

    • Each attendee temperature taken at door with contactless thermometer.

  • Educate

STAGE 2: Based on Friday's numbers 10-74 daily case rate per 100,000 people average in the past 7 days in any of our counties (the highest of Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson)

  • 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).  Those on the social distancing side will be dismissed first.

  • 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.

  • Communicate

STAGE 3: (Executive recommendation we believe to be important OR based on Friday's numbers 75-149 daily case rate per 100,000 people average in the past 7 days in any of our counties (the highest of Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson)):

  • Screening and modified activities above PLUS

  • No handshakes or hugs

  • No potlucks

  • No children up front for the children's story

  • One person on the platform at a time

  • Masks are highly recommended

STAGE 4: (Executive recommendation we believe to be important OR based on Friday's numbers 150+ daily case rate per 100,000 people average in the past 7 days in any of our counties (the highest of Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson)):

  • Screening and modified activities above PLUS

  • Mandatory masking for all participants with CDC, state, or local health department exceptions allowed

  • Only the person at the pulpit will remove their mask only while in front of the pulpit

  • Drive in church where family members stay in their vehicles will be permitted for Sabbath School and Church services (no masks required for those in cars)