COVID-19 Information Page

Information about COVID-19, current SALC status and our plan to gather.

Out of love and care for our neighbors, and as members of the human community, Saint Andrew will work and gather in person with the following conditions in mind.

Understanding the SALC COVID-19 UPDATE

To the left is the SALC Covid-19 UPDATE graphic.  It lists the Community Level of the latest four weeks collected for Marathon County as reported to the Wisconsin Dept of Health Services and the US Center for Disease Control. Also displays the SALC COVID-19 Status as it relates to our COVID-19 Plan to Gather.
Date = The week the level listed was reported by the CDC and Wis Dept of Health Services using data collected from the 7 previous days.
COVID-19 Community Level = Three metrics which determine if the Community level is Low, Medium, or High. They are:
1) total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 in the past seven days,
2) new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the past seven days,
3) and the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients.
To learn more about How the CDC Measures the COVID-19 Community Levels CLICK HERE
CLICK HERE to display the CDC current week metrics.
Current SALC Status Level = (Low, Medium or High) is based on an averaging the levels of the four weekly COVID-19 Community Levels (1=low, 2=Med, 3=High). (If any one of the four weeks Community Level is “Medium”, our Status Level will be “Medium”.)

Saint Andrew ``COVID-19 Plan to Gather``

The introduction of the new Community Levels by the CDC and Wisconsin Health Services has made our previous  metrics and our 6 page “Plan to Gather” obsolete. The new “Plan to Gather” is a plan about being gathered in person. This new continues to help guide our actions to safely continue our mission and ministries of worship, learning, witness and service during the Covid-19 pandemic. Overall, we have one uncompromising objective: we will prioritize love and care for members and our neighbors as part of the human community. Morally, ethically, and as people of faith we will use caution and safe measures to reduce the risks that physical gatherings may cause, specifically to the exposure of COVID-19 and the capacity churches have to be pro-active partners in public health. 

The plan uses the “SALC Status Level”, as described above, as the basis for the preventive steps.


Bishop Anne Edison-Albright – Pastoral Message on Recent COVID Activity – July 19, 2022
Plan to Gather – New Plan (see above) – May 24, 2022
Plan to Gather – Full Plan – March 29, 2022
Wisconsin Council of Churchs – Churches Urged to Return to Physically Distanced Ministry – January 5, 2022
Bishop Anne Edison-Albright – January Message on COVID – January 5, 2022
Bishop Anne Edison-Albright – A Pastoral Message on Advent and COVID-19 – Dec 6, 2021
Plan to Gather – Full Plan – November 17, 2021
Plan to Gather – Full Plan – October 14, 2021
Plan To Gather Update – Pr Smoot – Sept 1, 2021
Plan to Gather – Full Plan – August 26, 2021
Statement from Bishop Anne Edison-Albright on the Delta Variant of Covid-19 – Aug 9, 2021
Plan to Gather – Full Plan – July 22, 2021
Plan to Gather Update – Pr Smoot – June 11, 2021
Plan to Gather – Full Plan – May 23, 2021
Update to Criteria for Phase Transition at Saint Andrew – April 15, 2021
Update to Criteria for Phase Transition at Saint Andrew – April 7, 2021
ECSW – Spring COVID Recommendations – Bishop Anne Edison-Albright – March 19,2021
Guidance for Holy Week and Easter 2021
Annual Meeting: Plan to Gather Update [Video] – Feb 14, 2021
Update to Criteria for Phase Transition at Saint Andrew – Jan. 28, 2021
COVID Guidelines Update from ECSW Bishop Anne Edison-Albright – Dec 15, 2020
Statement Regarding Christmas Worship at Saint Andrew – Nov 25, 2020
Plan to Gather – Full Plan – Nov. 19, 2020
Update to Criteria for Phase Transition at Saint Andrew – Nov 19, 2020
A message From the Bishop – Nov. 1, 2010
Plan to Gather – Full Plan – Oct. 29, 2020
Understanding Our Plan to Gather [Video] – Oct 15, 2020
Pastoral Letter – October 9, 2020
Wisconsin Council of Churches Recommendation to Return to Remote Operations – Oct 6, 2020
Listening Sessions – October 2020
Plan to Gather – Full Plan – Oct. 1, 2020
Outdoor Worship Announcement – Aug 6, 2020
Plan to Gather Update – July 2, 2020
Pr Jenn Plan to Gather Update [Video] – June 26, 2020
We are one Body – Conference Pastors Respond United [Video] – May 17, 2020
Bishop Mansholt Recommendation to Form Congregational Task Force – May 28, 2020
Council COVID-19 Update – May 14, 2020
East Central Synod Bishop Mansholt Pastoral Letter – May 6, 2020
It’s okay to grieve and hope | Message from ELCA Bishop Eaton [Video]– April 17, 2020
SALC Suspending in person gatherings – March 16, 2020
ELCA East Central Synod Bishop Mansholt Recommendation to Cease Corporate Worship – March 16, 2020

Please also visit our “Newsletter Archive” to review past “Weekly Wave” newsletters which also provided COVID-19 and plan to gather updates.