COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response

Dear Beloved Members and Friends of OCUUC,

In-person worship has resumed! We have removed the vaccine mandate for being on site but ask that any unvaccinated people over age 2 wear masks while on site. Children too young to be eligible for the vaccine are still welcome. There are currently no capacity restrictions in place for Daniels Hall.

Masks are required on Sunday Mornings when in Daniels Hall and the religious education and administration areas. They are optional when in Suite 7 and at other times during the week. Outdoors, masks and social distancing are encouraged but not required.

Even though in-person worship has resumed, online worship using Zoom is still available. Find further details about Zoom and how to access this service from wherever you happen to be. Come be a part of our beloved community, and stay connected in this time of social distancing.

Here's the link: https://zoom.us/j/3931579606


March 2022 update: We recently surveyed the congregation to get updated information on congregation thoughts on necessary precautions. If you are interested, the results are here. Our children will return to our site from Estancia park and be part of the service on April 17th. Yippee!

MASKS - Masks will still be required on Sunday Mornings in Daniels Hall and the RE/Admin Building. However, our new meeting room in Suite 7 will be masks optional.

NON-SUNDAY MORNINGS - Masks are optional on site. We encourage each other to be considerate of others and wear masks if requested.

SINGING - Masks continue to be required whenever we are singing.

COURTYARD - Masks continue to be optional.

VACCINATIONS - We have decided to remove the vaccination requirement to be on site. However, unvaccinated people should always wear masks when they are on site.


October 2021 update: We are back to full seating in Daniels Hall. We will continue with physical distancing in the Victoria Room and Suite 4 for those who prefer it.

Indoors - Masks are still required for all indoor activities.

Outdoors - Masks and physical distancing will be encouraged but not required outside on Sundays after the service. Coffee will be available. Each person must monitor and maintain their own comfort level.

Vaccine Status - We are requiring that anyone coming onsite at OCUUC to be fully vaccinated. This is the honor system, and no one will be asked to show their vaccination card. We will still welcome visitors, and children with their vaccinated parents.

Religious Education (RE) - This fall RE classes for PreK-7th Grade are meeting at Estancia Park, 1900 Adams Ave, Costa Mesa (a short distance from OCUUC). Youth Group meets in the Nursery in the Admin/RE Building at OCUUC.

Sunday's Worship Service

In-person worship has resumed. Online worship will be available to those not attending in person. Check out details about connecting with Zoom. The worship services are also recorded and the video recordings are available on our Sermon archive webpage for viewing as well as the OCUUC YouTube channel.

Please download the Reopening FAQs [pdf].


April 2021 Update - Coming back on site has lots of moving parts, and a task force is working hard to create a plan that gets us back on site safely and honors our principles and mission. On Sunday, April 11th, a Town Hall Meeting (click here for the video recording) described our progress and guidelines for reopening. A draft policy document is available here (OCUUC Reopening Guidelines 041121).

With love,

Your OCUUC Ministers, Staff and Executive Leadership
Rev. Sian Wiltshire, Minister
Karen Magoon Pearson, Director of Religious Education
Beth Syverson, Director of Music Ministries
Sarah Jones, Administrator

Nancy Loughrey, President of the Board of Trustees
Joel Ibañez, Vice President of Finance
Sarah Hunter, Vice President of Programs
Meg Wilson, Treasurer
Linda Spery, Recorder


COVID-19 TESTING

List of approved Rapid Antigen Tests

Starting 1/19/2022 you can order free Rapid Antigen Test Kits from:

www.covidtests.gov

You can order 4, no shipping cost, no credit card needed. Should be mailed within 7-12 days

Starting 1/15/2022 Private health plans are required to cover over the counter test kits up to $12.00 ( as many as 8 of them). Ones purchased before will probably not be covered.

Hoag Hospital has a Testing Center set up inside Terminal B of John Wayne Airport, just to the right as you walk in. Only good if you have been exposed, and they take Insurance.

https://hoagurgentcare.com/covid/ is doing testing. You need an appointment. Going online really early in the morning is helpful to secure an appointment.

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html

Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation for the public. People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.

Omicron remains very prevalent in our community, including over 1,100 currently hospitalized in OC. To track current statistics - https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/coronavirus-in-oc