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.

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

February 8, 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that the pandemic, and our response, has continually changed very rapidly we have removed what were deemed to be “outdated” resources and communications in order to ensure only the most timely and germane information is presented – this includes any governmental resources/orders that are outdated or that have expired.

If you are needing any earlier communications from Bishop Mortensen-Wiebe, Bishop Emeritus Rogness, or the synod please contact the synod office. For all ELCA communications 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.

  • Dane County/Madison Emergency Order #13 – Updated Indoor Gathering Capacities & Mask Mandate
    This new order, issued February 8, 2021 and effective beginning at 12:01 a.m. on February 10, 2021 replaces Emergency Order #12 and provides for updated capacity guidelines for indoor gatherings and reinforces the mask mandate issued previously. The Indoor gatherings capacity limit applies to all religious gatherings with the exception of worship services. This order is in effect until March 10, 2021.
  • Rock County February 4, 2021 Face Covering Requirement Order
    This order. issued on February 4, 2021, requires face coverings to be worn at all times while indoors in Rock County. This order mirrors the state order and is in place until May 5, 2021 and is enforceable in Rock County should the state order not be in place anytime up until that date.
  • Rock County “Rebound” Reopening Plan
    Rock County has returned to “Phase 1” of this plan as of Monday, November 16, 2020. This plan does mandate a 25% capacity limit on all religious gatherings.
  • 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.

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.