COVID-19 Update From The Bishop and Cabinet

July 26, 2022

Covid Update – 7.26.2022

We have begun to get updates from local churches reporting Covid outbreaks after an event or worship service.  Even though the current variant, Omicron BA.5, generally causes less severe disease than infection with prior variants, it does spread more easily. Currently, 50 of the 100 counties in North Carolina are at high risk for Covid infections and the resulting strains on the health care system.  Current transmission rates are high across the state. Hospital admissions for patients over 70 years of age have risen in the past 90 days.  In a spirit of “doing no harm,” we recommend a return to wearing masks in large indoor gatherings.

This post from epidemiologist Dr. Katelyn Jetelina is a helpful summary of where we are and what to do.