Health Resources

Synod COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

With the outbreaks of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Wisconsin, across the country, and around the world, congregations need to be well-informed and well-prepared. The following information offers guidance as we minister to and engage with each other, and within our communities, as the body of Christ. This page will be continually updated as often as possible as more information is shared from the ELCA and the synod.


New resources are continually added to the ELCA Public Health website including information on the Federal Government’s response, small business loans, the CARES Act, the Families First Act and more.

ELCA Vaccine Confidence Guide

Vaccination hopes, fears and falsehoods are around us in this time of heightened anxiety. ELCA Advocacy has provided this comprehensive guide to the vaccines and the vaccination process to help ELCA pastors, deacons, lay leaders, and members learn more and be advocates for the COVID-19 vaccines.

Wisconsin COVID-19 DHS Dashboard

Comprehensive information regarding the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state of Wisconsin including specific data broken down by state, county, locality, and zip code along with resources for staying healthy and safe in order to stop the spread.

Current Health Information & Resources

May 15, 2021: Recognizing that the pandemic, and our response, has continually changed very rapidly we have removed what were deemed to be “outdated” resources and communications in order to ensure only the most timely and germane information is presented – this includes any governmental resources/orders that are outdated, have been rescinded, or expired.

Following the May 13, 2021 CDC guidance that vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks in most indoor public spaces many local and county health departments are currently evaluating their existing public health orders.

If you are needing any earlier communications from our current Bishop Mortensen-Wiebe, Interim Bishop Rogness, or the synod please contact the synod office. For all ELCA communications and resources visit the ELCA Public Health website.

Note: The information & resources provided below are listed in the order in which they were issued with state mandates appearing first and then county.

  • Wisconsin DHS COVID-19 Website
    Website with Information & Resources from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. There are currently no statewide orders or mandates relating to COVID-19 in place following the expiration of Executive Order #105 on April 4, 2021.
  • Dane County/Madison Current Orders
    Emergency Order #16, issued on April 29, 2021 and effective on May 5, 2021 provides for increased capacity limits and continues the current mask mandate with updates based on current CDC guidance. Capacity limits continue to apply to all religious gatherings with the exception of worship services. This news order is in effect until June 2, 2021.  **Note that Public Health Madison/Dane County is reviewing the new CDC masking guidance and will issue updated guidance the week of May 18, 2021.
  • Rock County “Rebound” Reopening Plan
    Rock County has moved to a revised “Phase 2” of this plan as of April 29, 2021. This plan updates capacity limits on all indoor gatherings including religious gatherings. The “Phase 2” guidance was updated on May 14, 2021 to reflect the support of new mask guidance for fully vaccinated people and immediately rescinding the mask mandate that was in effect.
  • Links to SCSW County Health Departments
    We are not aware of any counties in the synod territory, other that Dane & Rock, that have any public health policies in place relating to COVID-19. This document provides link to all county health departments. Please continued to check with your local authorities for local resources and recommendations as necessary.

*Note that links to resources above do not necessarily represent endorsement by the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin-ELCA; they are simply provided as a public service. Be sure to carefully vet any information, offer or service.