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.


For COVID-19 virus information visit the CDC and World Health Organization websites.

Information and communications are located just below; pandemic resources specific congregational resources follow. Resources geared toward connecting in this time of physical distancing (including digital worship resources) are located on our Connected Community page.


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.

Current Health Information & Resources

July 1, 2020: 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that the pandemic, and our response, has continually changed very rapidly we have removed what were deemed to be “outdated” resources and communications in order to ensure only the most timely and germaine information is presented. If you are needing any earlier communications from Bishop Rogness or the synod please contact the synod office. For earlier ELCA communications visit the ELCA Public Health website.

  • New WCC Returning to Church Recommendations (July, 2020)
    The Wisconsin Council of Churches is a reliable source for information on how to be church in this era of Covid-19.  Visit their site and visit it often as they offer regulatory updates and best practice information across denominations. 
  • Rock County “Rebound” Reopening Plan
    Note that Rock County is currently in “Phase 2” of this plan as of Friday, June 12, 2020 (Update on July 2, 2020 that county will remain in “Phase 2”).
  • Wisconsin DHS Website
    Website with Information & Resources from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Links to SCSW County Health Departments
    Note that other that Dane & Rock counties, most others do not have a current emergency order or restrictions in place. Please check with your local authorities for local resources and recommendations.
  • April 20, 2020 Wisconsin “Badger Bounce Back Plan”
    Plan announced by Gov. Evers regarding next steps once certain criteria are met; includes guidance for large gatherings including religious services. *Note that this plan is no longer in place state-wide but many local counties and communities are using this as a resource for guiding local decisions.

Coronavirus Response Resources

The resources below aim to help us respond to the health crisis. For resources on staying connected and in community (including worship) please also visit our Connected Community page.

*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.