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.

#ELCAChurchTogether

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

September 21, 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that the pandemic, and our response, has continually changed very rapidly we have removed what were deemed to be “outdated” resources and communications in order to ensure only the most timely and germane information is presented – this includes any governmental resources/orders that are outdated, have been rescinded, or expired.

As cases of the COVID-19 infection are on the rise and with the new Delta variant, the CDC mask guidance has been updated as of July 27, 2021 to reflect a new recommendation that all persons wear face coverings while in indoor public settings in areas considered to have high COVID-19 virus spread according to CDC metrics. Many local and county health departments are currently evaluating their existing mask recommendations as a result.

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.

  • Dane County Indoor Mask Mandate Extended
    Effective September 10, 2021 at 12:01am until October 8, 2021,  face coverings are required among people ages two and older when in any enclosed space open to the public where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or living unit, are present. *Note requirement #3: All places subject to this Order must post a sign in a visible location that notifies the public that face coverings are required upon entering the property. If preferred, PHMDC ‘s “Face Covering” sign is available for use at https://publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus/recommendations-and-guidance#business.
  • Care-filled Worship & Sacramental Life in Lingering Pandemic
    Released June 8, 2021; a comprehensive update from the Ecumenical Protocols for Worship, Fellowship, and Sacramental Practices consultation. Incorporating the latest CDC guidance, this update informs decision making and basic practices of Christian worship and congregational life at this stage in the pandemic. The ELCA has been an ongoing partner in this consultation.
  • A webinar was held on June 16, 2021 with a roundtable discussion with public health experts and pastors in a time of progress and uncertainty concerning the Covid-19 pandemic. You can view the video recording of the webinar here:
  • 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.
  • Links to SCSW County Health Departments
    As of August 17, 2021, we are not aware of any counties, other than Dane County, in the synod territory that have any public health policies or orders in place relating to COVID-19. This document provides link to all county health departments. Please continue 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.