Covid-19 Information

INFORMATION RELATIVE TO COVID-19 and COUNTY OF SACRAMENTO HEALTH DEPARTMENT ORDERS

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NEWS:

December 10 order by Kern County Superior Court prohibiting the State of CA from enforcing restrictions on indoor worship different from those in place on other “necessary” businesses, pending final review by the trial court in March 2021.  Note, this order does not apply to anyone other than the churches (Roman Catholic) named in the legal petition.
https://www.thomasmoresociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Burfitt-Win.pdf

December 2 order from the SCOTUS (“Supreme Court of the United States”) instructing the U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit to reconsider a petition by churches in Los Angeles to allow indoor worship during Tier 1 (“purple”).  This has not yet been decided by the Appellate Court.  Note, this order does not apply yet to churches outside the County of Los Angeles.  It could if the Appellate Court decided for the churches.
https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/120320zr_j426.pdf

November 25 opinion of the SCOTUS regarding indoor worship in the State of NY.  Indoor worship requirements are essentially considered to be in the same light as other “necessary businesses” that are allowed to operate, without discrimination.  Note, in order for this order to apply to any county in the United States there would either need to be litigation in that jurisdication that follows this SCOTUS opinion, or the local health department would have to unilaterally change its regulation to allow indoor worship.
https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf/20a87_4g15.pdf
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COUNTY OF SACRAMENTO ORDERS PERTAINING TO USE OF OUR PROPERTY AND WORSHIP:

December 9 order pertaining to Covid-19 by Sacramento County, effective 11:59 pm December 10 further restricts public activity.  Places of worship are still allowed to conduct outdoor worship.
https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Documents/20201209_Sacramento_County_Health_Order_Regional_Stay_Home_Order.pdf

November 13 order pertaining to Covid-19 by Sacramento County, effective 12:00 pm moves us back to the purple tier, suspending indoor worship but still permitting outdoor worship.  On-site learning in schools still permitted subject to restrictions:
https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Documents/20201113_Sacramento_County_Health_Order.pdf

October 13 order pertaining to Covid-19 by Sacramento County, effective 3:00 pm permits continued indoor worship and resumption of on-site learning in schools, subject to restrictions:
https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Documents/20201013_Sacramento_County_Health_Order.pdf

September 29 order pertaining to Covid-19 by Sacramento County, effective 3:00 pm permits us to resume indoor worship subject to restrictions:
https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Documents/20200929_Sacramento_County_Health_Order.pdf

September 23 order pertaining to Covid-19 by Sacramento County, effective 3:00 pm, continues prior order dated August 31.  We are still in the “Purple” tier:
https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Documents/Sacramento%20County%20Health%20Order%20-%2009-23-2020.pdf

August 31 order pertaining to Covid-19 by Sacramento County, effective 3:00 pm August 31, suspending indoor worship and placing us in “Tier 1” or “Purple” until further notice.  Permits outdoor worship subject to restrictions:
https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Documents/2020-08-31_Sacramento_County_Health_Order.pdf

July 14 order pertaining to Covid-19 by Sacramento County, effective 3:00 pm July 14, suspending indoor worship until further notice.  Outdoor activities are still permitted, subject to existing safe distancing and mask guidelines:
https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Documents/2020-07-14_StayatHomeOrder.pdf

July 2 order pertaining to Covid-19 by Sacramento County, effective 11:59 pm July 2, extending the prior order until rescinded. Further restricts certain public gatherings and businesses.  No change to houses of worship.
https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Documents/7-2-20-PublicHealthOrder.pdf

June 29 order pertaining to Covid-19 by Sacramento County, effective 11:59 pm June  29, extending the prior order until rescinded. Addresses increase of spread of infections and closing of in-dining at bars and restaurants.  No change to houses of worship.
https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Documents/2020-06-29-HO-StayatHome.pdf

June 19 order pertaining to Covid-19 by Sacramento County, effective 11:59 pm June 19, extending the prior order until rescinded.  No change to houses of worship
https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Documents/2020-06-19%20-%20Health%20Order%20Stay%20At%20Home%20-%20signed.pdf

June 12 order pertaining to Covid-19 by Sacramento County, effective 11:59 pm June 12, extending the prior order until rescinded.  Pertains to face masks, distancing and the County attestation to the State of meeting requirements to enter into Phase 2 and 3.  No change to guidelines regarding houses of worship.
https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Documents/2020-06-12-HealthOrderStayatHome-SIGNED.pdf

May 26 order pertaining to Covid-19 by Sacramento County, effective 11:59 pm May 26, extending the prior order until rescinded. Allows places of worship to reopen, subject to distancing, masks, and sanitation guidelines, up to 25% of the building capacity and no more than 100 persons per building.  This allows us to use our worship building, which has a rated occupancy of over 500 persons, to resume worship services up to 100 persons per service.  It also deals with face coverings indoors and outdoors, when required.  Our reopening plan as approved by the Board of Trustees will recommend resuming on-site worship to resume Sunday, June 14.
https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Documents/2020-05-26%20Health%20Order%20Stay%20at%20Home%20May%2026%2c%202020%20SIGNED.pdf

May 22 order pertaining to Covid-19 by Sacramento County, effective 11:59 pm May 22, extending the prior order until rescinded. With regard to churches:
https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Documents/2020-05-22%20Health%20Order%20Stay%20at%20Home%20May%2022%202020%20Orig.pdf

Religious/Cultural: –Drive-through religious services*
Faith-based counseling can reopen within the following parameters:

  1. Counseling services are permissible in-person where the service cannot reasonably be practiced remotely;
  2. Counseling services should adopt state guidance on Limited Services, where applicable;
  3. This designation does not permit gatherings beyond counseling to members of a single household.

There is no change yet regarding indoor worship, which for all intents and purposes is not permitted under the current County ordinance.  That we expect will change in Phase 3 (we are now in Phase 2B, or the latter half of phase 2).

May 1 order pertaining to Covid-19 by Sacramento County, effective 11:59 pm May 1, extending the prior order (with modifications) to May 22, 2020:
https://www.saccounty.net/news/latest-news/Pages/SacCounty-Health-Officer-Extends-COVID-19-Order.aspx

Following is an excellent series on the virus and its implications presented by Arnold Sandridge, an elder in the Chicago Church of God and employed by a major pharmaceutical company with a background in infectious diseases (four parts with slides, see the Church of God of Chicago Facebook page):
https://www.facebook.com/119838991406559/videos/904908533263960/

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Websites with data pertaining to the virus, including confirmed cases, deaths, trends, from a worldwide view down to zip codes in Sacramento County:
https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html (world, country, US, State and County numbers)
https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx (Sacramento County detailed information including down to Zip Codes)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx (California Department of Public Health)
https://covid19.ca.gov/ (Governor Newsom’s page including latest press releases and statewide orders and numbers)

This is sometimes a helpful app to inquire about availability of household items (groceries, cleaners, paper products, etc) in your neighborhood.  You need at least a smartphone with access to a WIFI, hotspot or a data plan:
https://nextdoor.com/

You can now get tested for COVID-19 at a drive through location by completing an online application and creating an account.  The County is partnering with Verily, an Alphabet (Google) company.  They in turn are partnering with a variety of other professional and governmental entities.  Your test, if you are approved for screening, will have results usually in less than a week.  They will look at factors such as age, prior health conditions, exposure to others with Covid-19, or symptoms to determine if you are eligible.  There is no cost to you and you never leave your car.  Evidently it tests for the virus and not for antibodies (recovery from a prior infection).  There is at least one test site at Cal Expo (may be others).
https://www.projectbaseline.com/study/covid-19/