Pandemic Task Team Update: September 8, 2021

9/8/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 8, 2021

Brothers and sisters in Christ,
 
We are still battling our unseen enemy, the coronavirus, but now we know more, and we have more tools readily available than there were at the beginning of the pandemic. Masks, from the beginning, have been vital to slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Unfortunately, the masks with the highest level of protection were in limited supply and were needed most on the frontlines for healthcare professionals having frequent exposure to those infected. Now that N95 masks are more widely available, we recommend that you transition to wearing the gold standard of masks—the N95—which provides the best protection and fit for your face with low possibility for leakage in comparison to cloth and other non-N95 masks.
 
The team is proactively watching new variants of COVID-19 and their transmission rates in the United States and abroad, so know that in order to protect our loves ones we’re going to have to continue the practices we know work like adequate masking, social distancing and sanitizing our hands often.

Meals
 

The Mississippi Conference Pandemic Task Team is keenly aware of our faith communities’ desire to gather once again for encouragement, conversation and community over meals. We acknowledge several churches have sought ways to limit risks while serving food, which include boxed lunches coupled with social distancing, eating outside eating only with your family, or preparing boxes for people to pick up on their way home. With the inherent risk and growing transmission of COVID-19, the team still advises against gathering for meals at this time. 

New CDC Guidance for Vaccinated Exposed to COVID
 

The new guidance recommends that regardless of vaccination status, you should get tested if you experience COVID-19 symptoms. Additionally, if you came into close contact with someone with COVID-19 get tested three to five days after the date of exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result. If you test positive for COVID-19 you should isolate yourself regardless of vaccine status. You can find the guidance update in its entirety here.

 

What Scripture Can Illustrate for Us About the Pandemic

 

Click on the image above, or click here to download this video and view Bishop Swanson’s message on how the Living Word speaks to the current times, and how to press through seasons of disappointment. 

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” – Galatians 6:9

 Praying that your soul prospers as your health prospers, 

The Mississippi Conference Pandemic Task Team
                Dr. Marcus Gaut                             Dr. Bob Ford
                Dr. Steve Shirley                            Dr. Thais Walden
                Mrs. Lynette Harris                        Rev. Trey Skaggs
                Rev. Haywood Hannah                  Mr. Cameron Cloud
                Rev. Dr. Joe Ranager                   
             
Ex-officio members:
                Bishop James E. Swanson Sr.      Rev. Vickie White
                Rev. Dayna Goff                            Rev. Fred Britton
                Miss Jasmine Haynes                   Mr. Mike Howington


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