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Because of the new order from the Ohio Department of Health, anyone who enters the Church Building or is on Church Property that is less than 6 feet from non-household members MUST wear a facemask that covers the nose and mouth.

All other operations will continue as they have since June 7th, 2020.

Our Current COVID-19 Response Protocol (Text Format)

Due to updated regulations from the Ohio Department of Health, as of Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 6:00 p.m., a new order will mandate face coverings in public in all counties that are designated as a ‘Red Alert Level 3 Public Health Emergency’ or a ‘Purple Alert Level 4 Public Health Emergency’.

As of July 17th, 2020, Licking County is a “Red Alert Level 3 Public Health Emergency” county.

According to the health order, counties that are designated as Red Alert Level 3 or Purple Alert Level 4, individuals are required to wear a face covering: 

  1. In any indoor location that is not a residence;
  2. When outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household; or
  3. While waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, a taxi, a private car service, or a ride-sharing vehicle.

**The order does not apply to children under the age of 10 or any other minor who cannot safely wear a face covering. The order also reflects the mask guidance in place for employees and businesses which does not require a person to wear a mask if their physician advises against it, if wearing a mask is prohibited by federal regulation, if communicating with the hearing impaired, when alone in an office or personal workspace, and other similar measures.

Because of the new order, anyone who enters the Church Building or is on Church Property that is less than 6 feet from non-household members MUST wear a facemask that covers the nose and mouth.                  There is only one exception,

  1. Those who are playing instruments, singing, preaching, etc. on the stage do not have to wear a mask while performing those duties. Masks must be worn at all other times.

All other operations will continue as they have since June 7th, 2020.

As aforementioned in all previous memos, the Church Leadership will keep monitoring the pandemic and remain in contact with the Ohio Department of Health and the Licking County Health Department. If there are changes or updates to our operations or response protocol, Members will be advised via Phone call, Email, Text, Social Media and the Church Website.

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If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please see Steven Hughes or email or call the church at (740) 344-4292.

A reminder of our Current Operations is below. 

Our Current Operations:

  1. Sunday Morning Services will be In-Person and will start 11:00 AM.
  2. Sunday School, Junior Church & Nursery will remain canceled.
  3. Sunday Evening & Wednesday Evening Services will remain canceled, and Virtual Services will still be recorded / Live Streamed and uploaded to Facebook and YouTube for those service times.
  4. All other activities (i.e. Youth Group, Ladies Fellowship, Etc.) will also remain canceled.
  5. Only the front doors are to be used for entering and exiting the church building.
    1. The Multi-Purpose Building and Classrooms will be closed off in an effort to save time and resources on cleaning and sanitizing, as occupied areas will be sanitized after every service.
    2. The front doors will be propped open before and after services. (Weather permitting.)
  6. Paper Bulletins will NOT be printed and passed out.
    1. All announcements will be displayed on the monitors, and read aloud to the congregation.
  7. Offering and tithing plates will not be passed around during services.
    1. Please place your tithes and offerings in the offering plates before or after the service. (Offering Plate locations may vary, please ask if you are unsure.)
  8. Hymnals will not be in the pews, and please bring and take your bibles with you.
  9. The drinking fountains will be shut off.
    1. Bottled water will be available in the foyer, if needed.
  10. Hand Sanitizer will be available, please use as necessary.
  11. Please avoid all physical contact with non-household family members.
    1. This includes handshaking, hugs, fist bumps, elbow bumps, etc.
  12. Please, as best as possible, maintain at least 6 feet of distance from non-household family members.
  13. Masks are optional. (If we are able to find any to purchase, they will be available in the foyer.)
  14. If you, or someone you have been in contact with has had the following symptoms in the last 14 days:
    1. Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fever, Chills, Muscle pain, Sore throat, New loss of taste or smell, Etc., Please do not attend in-person services for at least 14 consecutive days after exposure or symptoms end.
  15. We encourage anyone who,
    1. May be fearful to attend,
    2. Has existing health issues,
    3. Is immunocompromised,
    4. or has (or has been exposed to) any of the symptoms listed above, please stay home and watch the services Live on Facebook or YouTube.

Current COVID-19 Response Protocol Statement:

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Symptoms of Coronavirus

What you need to know

  • Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.
  • Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

Watch for symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

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When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

How COVID-19 Spreads

Steps to Prevent Illness

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Know how it spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Everyone Should

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Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • It’s especially important to wash:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After handling your cloth face covering
    • After changing a diaper
    • After caring for someone sick
    • After touching animals or pets
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
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Avoid close contact


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Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
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Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
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Clean and disinfect

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Monitor Your Health Daily

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation

  • Limiting close face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

    What is social distancing?

    Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household.

    To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

    Social distancing should be practiced in combination with other everyday preventive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including wearing cloth face coverings, avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands, and frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

    Why practice social distancing?

    COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay at least 6 feet away from others when possible, even if you—or they—do not have any symptoms. Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

    If you are sick with COVID-19, have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people until it is safe to be around others.

    COVID-19 can live for hours or days on a surface, depending on factors such as sunlight, humidity, and the type of surface. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. However, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Social distancing helps limit opportunities to come in contact with contaminated surfaces and infected people outside the home.

    Although the risk of severe illness may be different for everyone, anyone can get and spread COVID-19. Everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread and protecting themselves, their family, and their community. In addition to practicing everyday steps to prevent COVID-19, keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to this virus and slowing its spread in communities.

    Tips for Social Distancing

    When going out in public, it is important to stay at least 6 feet away from other people and wear a cloth face covering to slow the spread of COVID-19. Consider the following tips for practicing social distancing when you decide to go out.

    • Know Before You Go: Before going out, know and follow the guidance from local public health authorities where you live.
    • Prepare for Transportation: Consider social distancing options to travel safely when running errands or commuting to and from work, whether walking, bicycling, wheelchair rolling, or using public transit, rideshares, or taxis. When using public transit, try to keep at least 6 feet from other passengers or transit operators – for example, when you are waiting at a bus station or selecting seats on a bus or train. When using rideshares or taxis, avoid pooled rides where multiple passengers are picked up, and sit in the back seat in larger vehicles so you can remain at least 6 feet away from the driver. Follow these additional tips to protect yourself while using transportation.
    • Limit Contact When Running Errands: Only visit stores selling household essentials in person when you absolutely need to, and stay at least 6 feet away from others who are not from your household while shopping and in lines. If possible, use drive-thru, curbside pick-up, or delivery services to limit face-to-face contact with others. Maintain physical distance between yourself and delivery service providers during exchanges and wear a cloth face covering.
    • Choose Safe Social Activities:It is possible to stay socially connected with friends and family who don’t live in your home by calling, using video chat, or staying connected through social media. If meeting others in person (e.g., at small outdoor gatherings, yard or driveway gathering with a small group of friends or family members), stay at least 6 feet from others who are not from your household. Follow these steps to stay safe if you will be participating in personal and social activities outside of your home.
    • Keep Distance at Events and Gatherings: It is safest to avoid crowded places and gatherings where it may be difficult to stay at least 6 feet away from others who are not from your household. If you are in a crowded space, try to keep 6 feet of space between yourself and others at all times, and wear a cloth face covering. Cloth face coverings are especially important in times when physical distancing is difficult. Pay attention to any physical guides, such as tape markings on floors or signs on walls, directing attendees to remain at least 6 feet apart from each other in lines or at other times. Allow other people 6 feet of space when you pass by them in both indoor and outdoor settings.
    • Stay Distanced While Being Active: Consider going for a walk, bike ride, or wheelchair roll in your neighborhood or in another safe location where you can maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and other pedestrians and cyclists. If you decide to visit a nearby park, trail, or recreational facility, first check for closures or restrictions. If open, consider how many other people might be there and choose a location where it will be possible to keep at least 6 feet of space between yourself and other people who are not from your household.

World Health Organization:

United States Centers for Disease Control & Prevention:

Ohio Department of Health:

Licking County Health Department:

  • Current Update(4th Update)
  • Original COVID-19Response Protocol Statement
  • 1st Update
  • 2nd Update
  • 3rd Update

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