Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People-UPDATED 7-29-21

Recommendations for Group Activities During COVID-19
Updated 7/29/21

In the past three weeks the number of COVID-19 cases in Oregon has increased, due to the more infectious Delta variant that is spreading throughout the US, the relaxing of most COVID-19 restrictions in Oregon, and the slower rate of vaccinations. Because of the rise in cases, we are recommending that we stay with our current recommendations at this time (see box below). We will continue to watch the COVID-19 situation in the Portland Metro Area and will give new recommendations when we feel it is safe to do so.

We encourage anyone who is not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated. Getting vaccinated is vital for protecting yourself and members of our beloved community. Many people cannot get vaccinated yet (such as children under 12 years old) and many people have a condition that would cause them to have a worse outcome from COVID-19 (such as, asthma, heart disease, diabetes, or a compromised immune system). As an added precaution, we also recommend continuing to wear a mask and physically distance when you’re around people you don’t know or are indoors. On July 27, the CDC, Oregon Health Authority, and Washington County Public Health recommend that everyone, regardless of whether they’ve been vaccinated or not, wear a mask in public indoor settings.

The three COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the US are safe and effective. They are very good at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death, including protection against the Delta variant. However, no vaccine is 100% effective for all possible outcomes. For example, the Pfizer vaccine is about 90% effective against symptomatic COVID-19 for the original virus, 97-100% effective against severe disease, 94% effective against hospitalization, and about 100% effective against death. This is why we are continuing to recommend wearing masks and maintaining physical distance from people outside your household or “bubble” or indoors.

 

We recommend that any UUCCWC group get together:

  • Online via Zoom, or
  • Groups with all people vaccinated, outdoors:
    • These are groups that meet regularly and have an established membership with no unannounced drop-ins and where all members know each other well enough to either trust that everyone is vaccinated or are willing to show proof of vaccination.
    • A maximum of 20 people from any number of households.
    • You don’t need to wear masks (unless you want to) and you don’t have to physically distance.
  • Groups with only some people vaccinated, outdoors:
    • These are groups that either have no pre-registration or have unannounced drop-ins.
    • A maximum of 20 people from any number of households.
    • Wear masks and stay 6 feet apart from others not in your household.
  • We do not recommend groups or individuals gather inside the church or Parish house at this time.

Please make a meeting reservation for your outdoor gatherings on the church’s online calendar so that you are guaranteed a space on church grounds separate from other groups.

We ask that the group activity organizer have attendees fill in their contact information for each group activity. The organizer should hold on to the list for 3 weeks, keep the information private, and shred the list after 3 weeks. If any attendee tests positive for COVID-19, this list can be used as a reference for Washington County Public Health Contact Tracing.

If necessary, you can adjust your group activity to “fit” the current recommendations.

We recommend that anyone who needs to do ongoing or emergency maintenance on UUCCWC property or inside the church:

  • Work outdoors only and keep a minimum of 6 feet from each other.
  • If people cannot stay at least 6 feet away from each other, they must wear a face covering.
  • The group leader should keep a list of people who are working in case someone gets sick and contact tracing needs to be done.

If there is an emergency and work must be performed inside the church, we recommend limiting the number of people inside, try to maintain a minimum 6‑foot distance from each other, and wear a face covering at all times.

The recommendations, instructions for scheduling your activity, and a copy of a group activity attendee list are posted on the UUCCWC website, the main groups.io group, and the newsletter.

Email P2R@uuccwc.groups.io if you have any questions. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, please send a confidential email to reverend@uuccwc.org or pastoralcare@uuccwc.org so that they can check in with you and see if you need anything.

Please stay safe everyone! If we continue to be careful and get more people vaccinated we will be well on our way to get back to a new normal.

Your Path to Reopening (P2R) Committee

Mark Bischoff            Lisa Lake

Annie Raich                Betty Rose

Zsuzsa Vamos