29 September 2020
UPDATED STATEMENT ON RECENT INCIDENCE OF COVID-19
Kelowna, British Columbia, September 28, 2020 – Calvary Chapel Kelowna is now aware of 5 positive tests for COVID-19 among people who attended the Calvary Chapel Kelowna 10: 30 a.m. services on Sunday, September 13th and Sunday, September 20th, 2020.
Interior Health first notified Calvary Chapel Kelowna on September 22nd that, despite our comprehensive Saftey Plan and all precautions and protocols, a person who had been in attendance at the Calvary Chapel Kelowna service on September 13th at 10:30 a.m., subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. The church service on September 13th took place during that individual’s potential infectious period.
One of the individuals who later tested positive had attended the September 20th service. A few people have also been tested recently and are awaiting results.
We are grateful for the assistance and support of Interior Health over this difficult past week, and look forward to continuing to work together to quell this outbreak. Calvary Chapel Kelowna has been in repeated daily contact with Interior Health as this has developed.
Immediately upon being notified of this event by Interior Health, Calvary Chapel Kelowna suspended all in-person gatherings. We immediately notified all those who had attended the services on September 13th and on September 20th, as well as the entire Calvary Chapel Kelowna church family, that they may have come in contact with someone who was COVID-19 positive.
Calvary Chapel Kelowna resumed gathering weekly, in small groups, in late June, after suspending all in-person gatherings of any size in mid-March, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to re-starting limited-attendance services, extensive work has been done to develop protocols and plans that ensured any Calvary Chapel Kelowna gatherings were following Public Health Orders and government guidelines. These plans have been revised and reviewed continually, as Orders and guidelines have been updated, including as recently as September 17th.
Calvary Chapel Kelowna held an online meeting for the church on Sunday, September 27th, and provided an extensive update on developments. In addition, we made everyone aware of the Interior Health public service announcements, and IH’s direction to self-isolate. For those that attended the service on September 20th, that self-isolation extends until October 4th. Many members of the Calvary Chapel Kelowna family are now in self-isolation at home. This includes people who have been on the front lines of working to ensure the safety of the entire Calvary Chapel Kelowna community.
All Calvary Chapel in-person meetings have been suspended until further notice, pending the end of this outbreak and review of and consultation with Interior Health on systems and protocols for reopening. The Calvary Chapel Kelowna office remains closed until further notice.
We also thank Kelowna Christian School for their support. Calvary Chapel Kelowna currently meets weekly, for 90 minutes on Sunday mornings, at Kelowna Christian School. Attendance is limited to 50. There are no ongoing offices or activities of Calvary Chapel Kelowna that continually occupy space at Kelowna Christian School. As part of the protocols, all areas used on Sunday are cleaned and disinfected after use.
We lift up in prayer all those who are sick and pray for their rapid recovery. We pray, too, for those who are in isolation, and those who are awaiting test results. We are deeply grateful to those among us that have been working hard to keep everyone in our community safe. In so doing, they have not only put themselves at risk, many are now in self-isolation, unable to work or to be with others until their self-isolation period ends.
About Calvary Chapel Kelowna
Calvary Chapel Kelowna exists to glorify God. We continually strive to lead others into an ever-deepening, life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. Our ministry is founded on the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
Calvary Chapel is a non-denominational affiliation of over 1500 churches, worldwide. We place a high priority on the practice of expository Bible teaching.
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Brad MacBeth, firstname.lastname@example.org