July 2021 KAC COVID Re-entry Update

July 28, 2021

The Kentucky Annual Conference Re-Entry Team continues to encourage churches to follow all local, state, CDC and KAC guidelines related to the Covid pandemic.  There is great concern related to the highly contagious Delta variant that is a predominant threat to unvaccinated individuals. 
 
Based on the guidelines mentioned above and in conjunction with the Kentucky Governor’s updated recommendations July 26, 2021, we offer the following information and recommendations.
 
There have been no new Executive Orders issued since May 13, 2021Kentucky Executive Order May 13, 2021
 
Monday, July 26, 2021, the following recommendations were created by the Kentucky Board of Education using state and CDC-guidelines and was recommended for all school districts within the state to follow.
 

  • School districts should require all unvaccinated students and unvaccinated adults to wear a mask when in classrooms and other indoor settings.
  • School districts should require all students under 12 years of age to wear a mask when in classrooms and other indoor school settings.
  • School districts wishing to optimize safety and minimize risk of educational and athletic disruption should require all students and all adults to wear a mask while in the classroom and other indoor school settings.

 
Local church re-entry teams should give serious consideration to these recommendations as they have a direct correlation to activities for children, youth, and unvaccinated individuals.  Additionally, re-entry teams should also give serious consideration and recommendations for individuals who work directly with children, youth and the unvaccinated.
 
Covid-19 Layers of Protection
 
Covid Vaccine. Kentucky Health Officials urged Kentuckians to get vaccinated if they haven’t already, as the Delta variant spread is growing among unvaccinated individuals.  The KAC Covid Re-entry team further recommends everyone, in consultation with their health care provider, to pursue vaccination for their health and safety, including children 12-16 years of age. Information and locations for vaccines can be found here Covid-19 Vaccine Information
 

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can do things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic. These recommendations can help you make decisions about daily activities after you are fully vaccinated. They are not intended for healthcare settings.
 
Have You Been Fully Vaccinated?
 
In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: 

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
 
If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may NOT be protected even if you are fully vaccinated. You should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people until advised otherwise by your healthcare provider.
 
 
Masks. Because the Delta Variant is currently circulating in the United States, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, the CDC announced the following new recommendations and guidelines.  July 27, 2021 Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People
 
These guidelines are especially applicable in geographic areas of substantial or high transmission.  This CDC link provides information based on state and county  Covid-19 State and County Integrated View
 
 
Covid Testing.

  • Get tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result.
  • Places to get tested in Kentucky. COVID-19 testing

 
 
Kentucky Covid Website
 
This website is Kentucky's central resource for all COVID-19 information and guidance. The COVID-19 Hotline – (800) 722-5725 – is a service operated by the health care professionals at the KY Poison Control Center who can provide advice and answer questions.
 
Click the following links for information on: 

 
July 28, 2021 Kentucky Annual Conference Recommendations
 
Based on the current recommendations and guidelines from the CDC, the KAC Re-entry team recommends that all local churches practice universal indoor masking regardless of an individual’s vaccination status.  This includes, worship, meetings, children/youth activities, etc.
 
Currently, we also recommend the use of pre-packaged Communion elements.