The current surge in COVID-19 infections, driven by the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 as well as by the still significant portion of the population who are not vaccinated, is worsening. Iowa is considered a “high” transmission state, and all our counties are experiencing “high” or “substantial” transmission regularly. This pandemic is not over, especially for those who are not vaccinated. In particular, we need to be concerned about children under the age of 12, who are not yet eligible for the vaccine. Please keep in mind the steps necessary to help prevent the spread of this virus: vaccination, masking, social distancing, handwashing, minimizing time together, and good ventilation.
Given our current situation, and taking into consideration CDC guidelines, the following additional safety measures are being put in place. They should be implemented as much as is feasible for this weekend and by no later than next weekend.
We have received a number of questions regarding parish festivals and the like. At this point, there is no need to cancel them. Instead, we ask that you be intentional about reducing risk as much as possible. For example:
We hope that these changes will be short-lived. The pandemic seems to be exhibiting an up-and-down pattern, so it is hoped that this surge will peak soon and start to decline. However, it may be that large events and the return to school may prolong this wave. We just have to wait and see. But, as soon as it is possible, we will relax these precautions.