Posted by Jenny Morgan

The Health and Wellness Task Force met on Thursday, December 3 to review COVID-19 trends in our community. Based on the criteria established in our phased reopening plan (including current virus infection rates, the overall increase in COVID-related deaths statewide and nationally and the increased risk of transmission associated with holiday gatherings), the group has decided to discontinue all in-person worship until further notice. This was a difficult decision, but one we feel is prudent in order to keep every person in our faith community as safe as possible during the Advent season.

The English contemporary service will be pre-recorded and broadcast each Sunday morning on the Skyland Church Facebook page and Youtube channel. The Spanish-language service will broadcast live from the chapel on the Skyland Latino Facebook page. The Christmas Eve service will be pre-recorded as well and broadcast on Christmas Eve at 5:30 pm.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are working hard to make sure that we’re ready to resume in-person activities as soon as it is safe to do so in 2021!

New Health and Wellness Safety Protocols
Please follow the guidelines below when visiting the church campus, both now and when we resume in-person activities. Based on current CDC recommendations, COVID-19 testing is requested for any person meeting one or more of the following conditions prior to coming to the Skyland Church campus:

  1. People who have symptoms of COVID-19 OR the flu.
  2. People who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.
  3. People who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) of groups larger than 10 people outside of their quarantine groups (households, immediate family or “quaranteams”).
  4. People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider or local/state health department.

People who meet the conditions of #2 or #3 should be tested no earlier than 5 days after exposure and self-quarantine or isolate at home pending test results and symptom monitoring. Quarantine can end after Day 7 if the person tests negative and if no symptoms were experienced. Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been experienced.

People who meet the conditions of #2 or #3 AND meet ALL of the following criteria DO NOT need to stay home:

  1. Have had confirmed COVID-19 illness within the past 3 months. The general consensus of public health professionals is that people who have recovered from confirmed cases of COVID-19 and have documented evidence of antibodies are most likely unable to get the virus again or transmit it through shedding for up to a year or longer. However, all people on campus (inside our building and on the grounds) are required to wear masks covering the nose and mouth and maintain social distancing of 6 feet or more.
  2. Have recovered from COVID-19.
  3. Remain without COVID-19 symptoms (ex. cough, shortness of breath, fever).

After Testing
People who test positive with COVID-19 WITHOUT SYMPTOMS can return to church after 10 days have passed.

People who test positive with COVID-19 WITH SYMPTOMS can return to church after ALL the following conditions have been met:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared.
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.
  • Persons with severe COVID-19 or with severely weakened immune systems (immunocompromised) might need to stay home longer than 10 days and up to 20 days after symptoms first appeared. Persons who are severely immunocompromised are asked to get tested and produce a negative result after quarantining.

Ideally, people should get the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) nasal swab test. If opting for a rapid test as a secondary option, the best is the Abbott rapid antigen test.

These guidelines may change as the CDC and other public health agencies learn more about COVID-19.

We appreciate every person in our church family following these guidelines so we can do everything possible to keep each other safe and healthy.