COVID-19 RESPONSE

Current Level: 3

Our response is based on the Harris County community level as found in the CDC COVID-19 County Check widget. 

View our full recovery plan below for more details.

COVID-19 LEVEL 3 EFFECTIVE SUNDAY, JUNE 19

Dear W family, In light of CDC’s latest community level for Harris County being high, we will go to level 3 on Sunday, 6/19, which requires masks to be worn on-site at all times. After further review of CDC’s prevention steps based on community levels, we have updated our recovery levels to remain consistent with the CDC; for example,…
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Current Level: 3

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FAQS

WHCC’s Response

WHCC leadership is meeting regularly to discuss and review the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19. We have activated our COVID response team which consists of key staff, lay leaders, and medical professionals in our church. Members of the team are closely monitoring the situation, relying on local, state, and federal health officials to ensure a consistent and coordinated response. WHCC is also coordinating with other local Chinese churches to make sure that issues related to our communities are appropriately addressed. We’d like to remind you to continue practicing good hygiene to lower the risk of becoming ill.

We’ll continue to address questions and concerns through regular communications and additions to the FAQ section of this page.

Our goal in making and adjusting our COVID policies at this time is based on the fact that 
 
  1. We’re still in a global pandemic; and
  2. We want to foster an environment that is most conducive to people returning to in-person worship in the midst of a pandemic.
 
There are two truths that as a church we must hold in tension: in a pandemic that is spread through interpersonal respiratory droplets, how do we “not give up meeting together” (Heb 10:25) while caring for the weak and vulnerable among us at risk? Do we only worship together with whomever is willing and able to endure the cost of catching COVID? Of course we cannot. Do we only limit worshippers who are able to get vaccinated? No, we can’t do that as well. The only viable solution towards maintaining our weekly services while opening our doors to whomever wishes to come is asking everyone to wear a mask. We know of two families personally who wear N-95’s at church, have immediate family with cancer and rarely go out – WHCC is one of the few places they go and mask wearing is for their benefit with this recent rise in infections and hospitalizations. 
 
Masks have been proven effective in limiting transmission of infections – whether it’s in the hospital for surgeries or transmission of viral infections, it is proven to be effective. While working in infection control in the hospital or working with TB patients in the health department, our team has seen firsthand the importance of masks when fighting respiratory infections. While different types of masks differ in their effectiveness, they are a proven method of limiting transmission, especially when everyone wears them and especially when one can be contagious without being symptomatic.
 
Again, it comes down to – what can we do as a church, during a pandemic, that will allow the most people to return to in-person worship at the lowest cost to the body that doesn’t violate Scripture? As a church, we differ from any other institution or business – there is a responsibility to care for all people in the church, both for their spiritual health and physical health.
 
The fact that we are still in the midst of a pandemic is a critical one. These policies only exist during this time and they will end when the pandemic is officially declared over and COVID-19 becomes endemic to our communities similar to the flu. These are temporary policies meant to address a temporary situation albeit it has been and felt much too long. As a COVID team and as a church, we have been willing to adapt and update our policies according to the latest guidance. And while no man-made institution is perfect, the only consistent source of data and expertise available to us is the CDC which is why we have aligned with their data and community levels.
 
This may not address all your concerns but we hope that it at least explains where we are coming from as a COVID response team.

IN-PERSON SERVICE INFORMATION

We have made several upgrades to our facility to reduce the risk of disease transmission. We have:

  • Upgraded our HVAC units to include UV light disinfection and MERV-13 filters.
  • Converted all of our faucets, soap dispensers, and paper towel dispensers to touchless units.
  • Installed additional touchless hand sanitizers around our facility.
  • Installed sneeze guards at critical locations where social distancing is not possible.
  • Rearranged our sanctuary seating to allow for more aisles to access seats.

No! We welcome everyone back to our in person services and look forward to seeing you again. All we ask is that everyone wears a mask while inside our church facilities. We also recognize there are those are hesitant to come back so we offer a livestream of our services on YouTube. 

Please check the COVID-19 recovery plan and current response level for the most up-to-date information on how to prepare for worship on Sundays.

QUARANTINE GUIDELINES

Currently, we are following the CDC’s guidelines for quarantine and isolation.

If you recently attended an in-person gathering (e.g. Sunday worship, Sunday school, small group, etc.), please notify the church by using our COVID-19 Self Reporting Form so that we can pray for your recovery. We also request that you do the following:

  • Please stay home from in-person gatherings until 5 days have passed since your positive test result or symptoms have stopped.
  • If you are able, please get a negative test (PCR or Antigen) before returning. 
  • Please notify any close contacts about your recent positive test so they may monitor their own symptoms.
  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days starting from when you tested positive or began to experience symptoms.

Currently, we are following the CDC’s guidelines for quarantine and isolation.

For those who are close contacts with someone who tested positive for COVID, the guidelines are as follows: 

  • You do not need to quarantine if you do not have symptoms and if:
    • You are up to date with your vaccines; or,
    • You had a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 90 days.
  • Quarantine at home for 5 days if:
    • You are not up to date with your vaccine; or
    • You have not tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Please get tested 5 days after exposure. 


Please continue to monitor yourselves, screening for symptoms, especially fever, cough, and unusual headaches or cold symptoms. If you or someone in your household develops symptoms within the next 10 days, please get tested and notify the church if positive by using our
COVID-19 Self Reporting Form. 

You are a close contact if you were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 but have not taken a viral test or received your results to confirm whether you have COVID-19, we ask that you prayerfully consider waiting to join in-person services and instead attending our online ministries and services and until you are able to confirm whether or not you have COVID-19. We would also love to pray for your recovery so please let us know by emailing [email protected].

Up to date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.

Fully vaccinated means a person has received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.

Individuals who are fully vaccinated may not be up to date. Please note that our quarantine guidelines exempt individuals from quarantining if they are up to date with their vaccines.

Please visit CDC’s Stay Up to Date page to view the recommended vaccine and booster schedule.

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