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Covid-19 Updates

We are here to support you in navigating this COVID-19 pandemic by providing compassionate care for the physical, mental, and spiritual health of your parish, family, friends, and wider community during this uncertain time. This page will be updated continuously, so please check back for updates.

Regathering Protocols

Updated 7.7.2022
Covid cases are again on the rise. As part of our continuing care for one another, all parishes and ministries should monitor the CDC Community Levels for your county on at least a weekly basis and follow The CDC guidance as a minimum for the level in your area. As of today, we do have counties in the diocese that are in the “high risk” level.

The Covid Task Force reminds all parish leadership to encourage vaccination for those who are not yet vaccinated (eligibility is for those 5 and older) and boosters for those 16 and older. 

Resources

COVID-19 Testing

Community Organized Relief Effort is providing free COVID-19 testing in select locations throughout Georgia.

Testing is available to anyone, with or without symptoms. Locations change weekly, for updates please click here: CORE Website

Technology and Virtual Services for Your Parish/Community

Professional Livestreaming Information Document

Digital Reconnection: How to Navigate Different Communication Platforms

Episcopal Relief & Development COVID-19 Webinars

How to Do Church Online

How to Livestream your Church Service in 4 Easy Steps

How to Broadcast a Facebook Live Event in 5 Easy Steps

How to use Facebook Live: The Ultimate Guide

Mass Messaging Text Service (MMS/SMS)

Best practices for Virtual Church 

You Already Have Everything You Need to be a Digital Media Minister

Webinar: Creating a Virtual Church

Healthcare

Social distancing is one of the best ways to control the spread of disease, including Covid-19: CDC guidance

CDC guidance for faith communities.

Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 updates

Free COVID-19 Testing in Atlanta CORE locations.

Faith tradition COVID-19 health guides: United Church of Christ, Union for Reform Judaism, The Episcopal ChurchUnited Methodist Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Muslim Public Affairs Council

Emotional Care

As Christians we are committed to caring for each other, including providing help when someone is feeling fearful or sad. All the news about Coronavirus can be daunting, particularly for children who might find it difficult to understand what they’re seeing online and on TV. Here is how we can ensure that we are checking in with one another and not isolating ourselves from friends and community, even while practicing social distancing.

CDC guidance

UNICEF guidance

Clergy Support Resources

COVID-19 Response Guidelines Document

As developments around the coronavirus pandemic continue to unfold at a rapid rate, the Diocese of Atlanta is committed to doing all it can to help stem the spread of COVID-19 and support our churches as they find new ways to worship, pray, care, and comfort. We are compiling a number of resources for our clergy into this master document, and encourage you to check back frequently for updates. We will continue to add information as it comes to light, and thank each and everyone of you for such inspiring creativity and dedication as we all pivot to meet the needs of our community. During this uncertain and ever-evolving crisis, we are all in this together.

Financial Resources

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Guidance

Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Liturgical

NATS Panel of Experts Lays Out Sobering Future for Singers: “No Vaccine, No Safe Public Singing”

Book of Common Prayer Online

Daily Prayer Resource

A Morning at the Office