On March 14, 2020, the vestry of St. Matthew’s voted to close the campus to all worship and campus activities, effective that day. March 15 was our first recorded worship service, led by Father Tommy in the Coil Chapel.
Although it seems long ago, and Governor Kemp has opened the state, with recommended infection control guidelines, the corona virus remains present, is still highly infectious, and the number of cases in the top three counties continues to increase.
As of June 10, the top three counties in Georgia with corona virus cases are (1) Fulton at 4989, Gwinnett with 4688 and Dekalb with 4186. These three counties represent 26% of all cases in Georgia.
Of more concern is the growth in positive cases. In this past week, from June 3 to June 10, cases in Fulton increased 6%, Dekalb 8% and Gwinnett 18%. At this rate, Gwinnett is on track to become the #1 county in Georgia with the most number of cases. The three zip codes reporting the highest numbers of cases are 30044, which is part of the Lawrenceville area at 1,608, 30093 in Norcross with 983, and 30047 in Lilburn with 949 cases.
For this reason, the St. Matthew’s campus will remain closed. The only exceptions are those on campus to record services in the sanctuary on Tuesday, the preschool director, and the senior warden, who collects the mail and makes the bank deposits.
Our Advisory Committee is working on recommendations to the vestry for a limited (essential staff only) opening possibly after July 1, however, at this time, no other access is allowed without the express and documented approval of the senior warden. Documented approval includes a check of temperature and answering a series of questions.
With prayers for your continued safety,