COVID-19 Policies and resources

Our world is constantly changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here you will find all relevant policies, guidelines, and procedures for navigating this time. You will also find relief efforts orchestrated by the Diocese and community outreach groups. Please join us in praying for those who have lost loved ones and for an end to the global pandemic. 

An Update from the Diocese

January 2022

 

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that all Educational Institutions and Persons in Educational Settings must adhere to the following rules:

1.       All persons, regardless of vaccination status, who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate at home.

2.       In Educational Settings that have a universal face mask policy, persons who are asymptomatic or fever-free without medication and with symptoms largely resolved may return to school wearing an appropriate well-fitting mask between days 6 and 10.

3.       The following quarantine requirements and exemptions will apply for household close contacts of a COVID-19 case:

a.       Household close contacts required to quarantine must stay home during the household COVID-19 case’s full isolation period of at least 5 days and for a minimum of 5 days following the end of the household case’s isolation period. Household contacts may then return to the educational setting wearing an appropriate wellfitting face mask at all times on days 6 through 10 regardless of the educational setting’s face mask policy, monitoring daily for symptoms.

*If they are unable or unwilling to wear a face mask from days 6 through 10, they must quarantine at home for the entire 10 days from the end of the case’s isolation period.

·   These quarantine requirements apply to the persons in the categories below:

1.       If they are 18 and older and have not received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional shots for some immunocompromised people

2.       If they are ages 5-17 and have not completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines,

1.       If they are persons of any age who have not had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days (a positive viral test documented in MDSS at the time of the illness)

b.      Household contacts not required to quarantine may attend educational settings during the household case’s isolation period as long as they wear an appropriate wellfitting mask throughout the duration of the household case’s isolation period plus an additional 10 days, regardless of the educational setting’s face mask policy, monitoring daily for symptoms.

*If they are unable or unwilling to wear a face mask as directed above, they should quarantine at home for the case’s isolation period and an additional 10 days.

·   This applies to the persons in the categories below:

·   They are 18 and older and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional shots for some immunocompromised people,

·   They are ages 5-17 and have completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines,

·   They are persons of any age who have had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days (a positive viral test documented in MDSS at the time of the illness

 

Excerpt taken from https://www.accesskent.com/Health/pdf/COVID-19/covid19-prevention-in-educational-settings_01122022.pdf

Dispensation

Bishop Walkowiak has ended the dispensation for Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass, provided that it is safe for them to do so. Please see his latest letter for more information.

The Bishop has also provided a helpful FAQ for those newly returning to Mass. We cannot wait to worship with you again!

Public Masses and the celebration of the sacraments will continue with the appropriate COVID-19 mitigation strategies in place. Those who are able to attend Mass should return, remembering that our physical presence at the Eucharistic table is irreplaceable. These mitigation strategies need to be followed to ensure public Masses remain available.

At-Home test kits - Blue cross blue shield

The federal government is offering four free tests to all households. We encourage you to place your order if you haven’t done so already.

With your Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network pharmacy plan, you can pick up tests in-person at Walmart, Rite Aid and Sam’s Club store pharmacies. You must present your member ID card at the pharmacy counter to avoid paying out of pocket.

If you obtain tests from any other pharmacy than listed above, follow the guidance we provide at bcbsm.com/coronavirus.

Parish Procedures and Resources

For information on the policies and procedures for St. Mary Magdalen Parish, please refer to Fr. Vu’s letter to parishioners. We have also provided video instruction on how to effectively receive communion below. Staff members will on site during Masses if you have any questions.

Please see the video instructions for receiving the Eucharist. Further instructions will be provided during the Mass or through video if necessary. If you have any questions, please contact the staff. Thank you!

Vaccination Information

The Kent County Heath Department has provided us with updated information regarding eligibility for vaccination.  They have also released guidance on procedures for vaccination. We are happy to share this here for your convenience.
We also have additional guides and resources concerning vaccination expansion and the need for volunteers. Please click here to read the notice from the Health Department. This notice is also provided in Spanish.