Tuesday, January 26, 2021

When can we again gather in our buildings for worship?

A note from Bishop Haynes and the Health Advisory Panel

In the recent Town Hall Meeting with the Diocese, Bishop Haynes communicated to those in attendance that in-person public worship will be safe to resume when the percent positivity rate in Virginia has been consistently (for two weeks) below the 8% rate. We are monitoring the numbers daily and are encouraged that case rates are beginning to drop. However, the percent positivity rate for the entire Commonwealth of Virginia is currently 12.6 and decreasing.

Other regional rates are as follows:
  • Central: 11.6% and decreasing
  • Eastern: 17.3% and decreasing
  • Near Southwestern: 12.5% and decreasing
It is good news that case rates and percent positivity rates are decreasing, but they are not in the safe zone yet. We continue to monitor the situation and will keep you advised of our progress. We encourage you to continue to connect with each other virtually, through telephone, internet and cards and letters to each other. The day is coming when the pandemic will be behind us. Remember the love you have for each other and act upon it.