Churches Asked to be Careful and Vigilant: Georgia Back in Coronavirus Red Zone


Message from Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the North Georgia Conference Cabinet

Citing an increase in cases, President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force moved Georgia back into the most severe category for spread of the virus for the first time since mid-September. The report warned of asymptomatic spread, particularly in social gatherings, as cool weather pushes people indoors and friends and families plan holiday events.

“Georgia must expand the mitigation efforts statewide as test positivity and cases are increasing,” the White House Coronavirus Task Force report, dated Sunday, said.
The seven-day rolling average of new confirmed cases in Georgia has climbed about 45% since bottoming out Oct. 2, and current hospitalizations have started to climb after weeks of improvement, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of state data shows.
Georgia started this latest surge in confirmed cases at nearly double the level that preceded the summer wave. And health experts have said the cooler months ahead could be bleak in Georgia if residents do not heed warnings to wear masks, practice social distancing, wash hands, get a flu shot and avoid gatherings, particularly in poorly ventilated spaces.
Churches may want to reconsider in-person gathering or, at the very least, ramp up their vigilance and strictly adhere to safety protocols. We will continue to monitor spread of the virus and make further recommendations as needed.

—Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the North Georgia Conference Cabinet