An update from UUCW ROC-19/Re-Opening after COVID-19 Task Force:
Please continue to follow all precautions to keep yourself and others safe! Despite the great success with the vaccine rollout, we cannot emphasize enough the need to keep our guard up, as the CDC is cautioning about the prevalence of variants that are being seen in recent cases. These variants seem to spread more easily and quickly than other variants, which may lead to more cases of COVID-19. An increase in the number of cases will put more strain on health care resources, lead to more hospitalizations, and potentially more deaths.
Our task force is tracking the data from both Milwaukee County and Waukesha County, and have established criteria that need to be met for UUCW to re-open in-person services:
- Cases: 14 day significantly downward trend OR < 5% for 14 days
- Testing: 4000+ tests/day AND < 5% positive
As you may know, the number of cases has been steadily rising over the past few weeks, not declining. Therefore we need to continue avoiding large gatherings, despite our vaccination status. Our task force has discussed allowing small groups and committees to begin using the church within a few weeks, however, we need to avoid excluding those individuals from these gatherings who may not yet feel comfortable doing this, as they may not have access to technology to join in from home.
In order to help us identify all these issues and your specific concerns, please take the Spring Survey that was sent out April 3–it’s only 10 questions, and will help us plan our next steps.
Thank you and Stay Safe!
UUCW ROC-19 Task Force
Contact Stephanie Wahlen, Task Force Chair if you have any questions. Other task force members include Cathy Boerner, Shawn Fanning, Kal Larson, John Meurer, and Melissa Taylor.