January 17, 2021
Christmas Eve Worship
It is my plan to update you on the Covid situation in Alpena as it affects the church. This will be done Monday and Thursdays as this is when I give a full update to the subcommittee of the Board. If you have any comments or concerns please contact me or the church office. Kristi’s office hours are going to be different as the school is closed to "in person learning" and needs to spend sometime with her kids for on-line learning. We are all creating this as we go along so stayed turned to this space to see any changes in the office hours. I am in the Office on Monday at least from 10-3 and most likely longer. Kristi will be working at home most days from 10am-2pm and be in the church office on Thursdays.
This is the summary report of the Covid Act Now WEB site that Grace Lutheran, First Presbyterian, Trinity Episcopal, and other churches along with us use to make our decisions along with other information. I am including a lot of information on how this data is evaluated that will not be repeated. I will just be reporting on the Alpena County section.
ALPENA COUNTY, MICHIGAN
On average, each person in Alpena County, Michigan with COVID is infecting 1.37 other people. As such, the total number of active cases in Alpena County, Michigan is growing at an unsustainable rate. If this trend continues, the hospital system may become overloaded.
*Masks should be mandated and worn by everyone outside their home.
*Gatherings should be avoided with people outside the immediate household.
*Schools: Enable remote learning for all students. All government levels should invest in remote learning.
*Restaurants should max at 25% capacity. Local governments must assist in expanding outdoor dining opportunities. *Customers should use take-out or eat outdoors socially distanced.
*Bars should be avoided and required to close
*Gyms should be avoided and required to close.
COVID RISK LEVEL
Alpena County is currently experiencing a severe outbreak. Take all possible precautions to avoid exposure.
The U.S. is in a third COVID wave. Exercise extra caution in order to reduce your risk of infection, to avoid infecting others, and to avoid overwhelming our healthcare system.
DAILY NEW CASES
Very dangerous number of new cases
Active cases are rapidly increasing
POSITIVE TEST RATE
Indicates insufficient testing