The following is a compilation of authoritative current sources of information on the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the response of the church. Please recognize that this is a work in progress, the goal of which is to make useful information to you as soon after it is available to us. Parts of the site may not work from time to time as we update information. We will do our best to minimize the downtime. Please check back.
From Dahlgren United Methodist Church
Information for members, and our extended church family and friends and the community on what we are striving to do as a church to help in this time of crisis.
Effective 2 August Dahlgren UMC is open for In- Person Worship.
Our Relaunch plan was approved by Church and the District Superintendent in July. which allowed us to begin holding in-person worship Sunday, August 2nd. A great deal of thought and effort into ensuring everyone’s safety, including of a Health Church Team (HCT) to monitor and ensure compliance with requirements of the VA State directives and VA Conference Guidance.
The procedures and practices established by the church Relaunch/Healthy Church Team for safety and compliance with latest guidance from the State and Conference have worked well. We’ve been pleased by the regular attendance. We have come close but not yet to hit capacity where we’ve needed to make use of the designated area for overflow.
The church team continues to monitor guidance and direction from both the State and the Conference to evolve our practices and procedures to minimize the risk to individuals and the larger community DUMC serves.
The actual risks vary dramatically depending on the individual and local conditions. We can expect guidance will evolve as more is learned about why individuals and localities with the same apparent characteristics experience such disparate impact from the pandemic.
Personal and community risk vary widely from person-to-person and locality. Thus, the decision to attend or not attend in-person worship and other activities at DUMC is a personal responsibility, based on such considerations as:
Their own age and health and that of members of their their household, and extended circle of regular contacts.
The number, frequency and extent (geographic area and types of activity) that characterize your immediate household’s activities.
Situational awareness of current local statistics statistics and trends in the pandemic for that area.
Virginia Conference Guidance and Resources
Portal for access to FAQ, official conference guidance, and letters from Bishop Lewis.
GOVERNMENT, PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH CARE INFORMATION
Sources of regularly update and authoritative information on the progression of the pandemic and national responses.
A portal to comprehensive information on all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Updated regularly.
A portal with links to comprehensive information on all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, with current statistics on State/Regional outbreaks.
EQUALLY IMPORTANT, INFORMATION TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS
Check this section regularly for links to information on what are being proposed as good personal practices for avoiding infection.
Do it Yourself Masks
DIY masks, used properly provide a significant level of protection. Below are links a pattern and instructions making a mask, and a link to a video providing specific advice on their proper use and disposal.
Pattern for DIY Mask [Notes:Downloaded from Mary Washington Health Care Web Site. CDC advises use of hottest water setting and thoroughly drying potentially contaminated laundry. ]
WHO Information on Proper Use of Masks