Update on COVID Protocols at UUC
Through March, UUC has continued to monitor the public health statistics for the local effects of dropping vaccination and masking requirements in most indoor venues, which took effect March 1 and March 12, respectively. We have seen an uptick in cases recently, although these numbers are small and risk is still considered low in Seattle and King County. We have also had our first reports of positive test results that initiated our first “close contact”* notification to a small group at UUC. The individuals who tested positive were asymptomatic and feel well; they and all in the group affected are fully vaccinated, including boosters. We have not had reports of any additional infections within the group, although some tests are still pending.
UUC continues to be a safe place to gather, with excellent air circulation, room for distancing, and current masking and vaccination requirements in the building. Out of care and caution, and given the considerations above, UUC will extend its vaccination and masking protocols two more weeks (through April 15) while we continue to monitor local data. We will make further announcements as needed about COVID protocols at UUC.
In the meantime, we are also actively advancing plans for safe gathering with fewer restrictions, including safely returning to congregational singing when we feel more assured that it is time to do so. Further announcements will continue to be made from the pulpit on Sundays, through our website, our Facebook page, and our weekly newsletter.
* “Close contact” is defined by the CDC as being less than 6 feet away from someone with confirmed or suspected COVID 19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. This is the case regardless of whether the person was wearing a mask properly. For fully vaccinated persons (including boosters), a close contact exposure does not require quarantine. Watch for symptoms, wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days, and get a COVID test at least 5 days after exposure.