To the Churches, Clergy, and Friends of the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ:
I suspect that we are all aware that our Covid-19 trends are cause for concern. Not only is New Hampshire’s 7-day average of daily new cases the highest it has ever been, but it is over twice as high (208 vs. 102) as the worst time in the spring.
I have said before one of the keys pieces of data I use in assessing the Conference’s recommendation to our local church is positivity rate. I am looking for the positivity rate to stay below 3%. As of this weekend, our statewide Covid positivity rate is at 3.7 percent. The website I use for my county by county assessments is currently down, however earlier in the week Rockingham, Coos, Sullivan, and Strafford (at 5.4%) were all exceeding the 3% threshold with other counties edging quite close.
Congregate activities remain the most significant risk factor for Covid transmission. Modification to worship and other activities can help reduce risk but they cannot overcome a continually increasing number of Covid-19 case in the state.
With all this in mind, the New Hampshire Conference is making the following recommendations: continue reading >>