COVID-19 Updates: New CDC Guidance & Tool for Tracking Local Metrics


On July 27, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released updated guidance for vaccinated people to maximize protection and spread of the Delta variant, including wearing masks indoors and in areas where the virus is surging. Following the CDC announcement, Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike announced that Illinois will follow the CDC’s recommendations.

The CDC Covid Data Tracker allows you to view metrics across the United States by county.

COVID-19 Office Hours Resume Next Week

Courtney Reid will continue to answer reopening questions and provide assistance each Wednesday from 12:30-1:00 pm through September 9, with the exception of August 25.

Join her on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 817 6808 2004
Passcode: 747223
Phase 5 Guidance in English y español

With Illinois in Phase Five of the state reopening plan, Standing Committee President Anne Jolly and the Rev. Courtney Reid, the diocese’s director of operations, released diocesan congregations from COVID-19 restrictions in a letter issued on June 16.

“Effective today, we release you from the expectation of restrictions imposed by diocesan guidelines, and instead ask that you and your leadership work together to discern prayerfully and thoughtfully the guidelines you will put in place for your own community.”

The letter asks congregations to refrain from using the common cup and common loaf of bread for communion and encourages congregations to monitor guidance from civil authorities and adjust their practices accordingly. Read the letter online in English and Spanish.