August 17, 2021 the Elim Council adopted the following:

Elim Lutheran Church Covid Recommendations

As of August 18, 2021, the Duluth area had a vaccination rate of 57.2% and a new case rate of 14/100,000. 
Given the rapid increase in cases due to the Delta variant, the Elim Council voted to implement these changes -

1. We recommend prioritizing life and health of the vulnerable as a Gospel witness.

2. Immediately reimpose masking requirements.

3. Immediately halt coffee hour.

4. For Wednesdays in Sept – no meal or worship; education time only, masked and podded by family units in Fellowship Hall. If Duluth schools move to virtual learning, we will also move to all virtual education. 

5. All groups meeting in the church must be masked and distanced at all times.  No food to be served at these meeting. 

6. Sunday worship – shorten service; continue with communion in pews; masked for entire service; soft singing allowed; continue offering at entrance; resume sign in to enable contact tracing. 

7. If someone who was in worship tests positive for Covid, we will do contact tracing with all who were present and will contact those identified as close contacts. An announcement will be put on the Facebook page and the website to inform all attendees that they may have been exposed.  Additional steps will be taken on a case by case situation if we determine it is necessary.  If members are notified by the Elim SMART team, the MDH or other agency, we request that they adhere to the guidelines sent forth by the MDH and the CDC and quarantine as appropriate.

ALWAYS preserve the privacy of the positive individual.

8. Events such as Trunk or Treat may go ahead outdoors, maintaining social distancing. 

9. Once New Case number drop below 10/100,00, we will consider slowly reinstating looser restrictions. 

10. Plan on event modifications, mitigations and protective behaviors for many months to come.

11. As much as we long for a different truth, the pandemic is far from over.