Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created a new metric called “COVID-19 Community Levels,” which is designed to “help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data.” These levels are a three-tier system (either low, medium, or high) that are selected based on criteria including hospital bed usage and new COVID-19 case rates.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arkansas Conference has provided guidelines based on similar metrics. However, with the development of these new CDC guidelines, the Conference will now be recommending the usage of the “COVID-19 County Check” tool provided by the CDC that allows a person to quickly find their county’s “COVID-19 Community Level” and relevant guidelines from the CDC based on that level.

This tool has been embedded on the Conference’s COVID-19 Response page at arumc.org/covid19 and takes the place of the Conference’s COVID-19 Dashboard.

The Conference continues to recommend following all CDC guidelines as applicable to your church’s situation. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Ezell at amy.ezell@arumc.org.