COVID-19 Communication

Update – August 12, 2020

Grace Snellville Fall 2020 FAQ (click to download)
As we prepare for the Grace Snellville 2020 fall season, we find ourselves in an ever-changing dynamic from week to week. With the advisory insights of our Leadership Staff, COVID-19 Health and Safety team, and our Elder Board, we have sought to create a plan that takes into consideration our mission as a worshiping and discipling community, public safety, and the realities of our resources. In the FAQ, you will find direction to how we will worship and utilize our facilities in the months ahead.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Group Meetings & Facility Reservations (click to download)
Our utmost priority is the health and safety of our congregation and community. We ask that you read and honor the guideline document as it pertains to occupying Grace Snellville facilities.

 

Update – May 18, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has moved the Presidential Preference Primary and the state and local primary to June 9, 2020.

Advance Voting for the June 9 Presidential Preference Primary, General Primary, and Nonpartisan Election will take place from May 18 to June 5 at the Gwinnett Voter Registrations and Elections Beauty P. Baldwin Building and the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. Click here for more information about advance voting in Gwinnett County.

Helpful links from Gwinnett County regarding Advance and Absentee voting: 

Advance voting wait times:
https://www.gwinnettcounty.com/web/gwinnett/departments/elections/waittimes

Official drop boxes available for absentee/advance by mail ballots:
https://www.gwinnettcounty.com/web/gwinnett/home/stories/viewstory/-/story/OfficialDropBoxesforBallots_051520

Absentee Voting by Mail information:
https://www.gwinnettcounty.com/web/gwinnett/departments/elections/absenteevoting-civilians/absenteevotingmail

Update – April 23, 2020: Governor Kemp’s most recent “Reviving a Healthy Georgia” Executive Order

This Executive Order impacts restaurants, education and children, including child care facilities, drivers’ license services, healthcare, industry, commerce, organizations and non-profits, etc.  as well as general provisions related to Social Distancing, Gatherings, the wearing of masks and more.  It also addresses Shelter in Place for those at a higher risk of severe illness.

Download the Executive Order (pdf)

Update – April 21, 2020: Health Department Opens Larger COVID-19 Drive-through
Testing Site for One Day in Gwinnett County

On Wednesday, April 22, Gwinnett, Newton & Rockdale County Health Departments will open a large drive-through COVID-19 test site at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth. Due to increased testing capacity, appointments are now being scheduled for anyone who thinks they may be ill with COVID-19. While the Health Department requires a scheduled appointment to test individuals, referral from a doctor is not necessary. This testing site is currently set to operate for one day; however, the Health Department offers testing at other locations, including at their district office in Lawrenceville, Monday through Saturday. Appointments are required for the Infinite Energy Center testing event and the other sites providing daily tests by calling 770-513-5631.

Download the full press release from Gwinnett County (pdf)

Update – April 3, 2020: Governor Kemp 2020 Shelter in Place Executive Order

Governor Kemp issued a statewide Executive Order that is effective, Friday, April 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm. This Executive Order supersedes and suspends any previous Gwinnett County declarations of emergency including the 16 cities’ declarations of emergency within Gwinnett County. 

Let’s help each other by adhering to these very important guidelines. This is our opportunity to be responsible and to help keep our families, neighbors, communities, cities and county safe, whole and healthy.

Governor Kemp 2020 Shelter in Place Executive Order (pdf)

Shelter in Place Information (pdf)

Update – March 31, 2020: Gwinnett Emergency Order Hotline – 770.822.7399

A COVID-19 Gwinnett Emergency Order Hotline call center has been established to take residents’ questions and to report violations related to COVID-19 local emergency orders. The call center number is 770.822.7399 and will be open Monday through Friday, 8:00am–7:00pm. After business hours, we are encouraging reporting through email addresses that were previously established (; ).

Update – March 27, 2020: Gwinnett County and all 16 Gwinnett Cities Issue Stay at Home Orders

(Lawrenceville, Ga., March 27, 2020) – Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash and the mayors of the cities in Gwinnett have issued stay at home orders for their respective jurisdictions as a means to protect the health, safety and welfare of Gwinnett County residents. This move is being made in a coordinated fashion in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to preserve the community’s capacity to provide essential governmental and healthcare services. Download the Gwinnett County Government New Release below to read the complete report.

Download the Gwinnett County Government News Release (pdf)

Download the Local Emergency Order No. 1-4 (pdf)

Update – March 13, 2020: Download the Gwinnett County Community Mitigation Strategy (pdf)

Minimal to Moderate Recommendations:

  • Implement social distancing measures:
  • Reduce activities (e.g., group congregation, religious services), especially for organizations with individuals at increased risk of severe illness.
  • Consider offering video/audio of events.
  • Determine ways to continue providing support services to individuals at increased risk of severe disease (services, meals, checking in) while limiting group settings and exposures.
  • Cancel large gatherings (e.g., >250 people, though threshold is at the discretion of the community) or move to smaller groupings.
  • For organizations that serve high-risk populations, cancel gatherings of more than 10 people.

What is coronavirus? Coronavirus is a new respiratory virus that originated in China. The virus is contagious and potentially fatal.  It is suspected that it is transmitted through coughing and sneezing by infected individuals. According to the Centers for Disease Control, coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals.  And in rare cases can be transmitted from animals to humans. At the present time, there is no vaccine, cure or specific treatment.

How is coronavirus spread? Health authorities have not confirmed how coronavirus is transmitted but suspect it is spread from person-to-person. There is also evidence that the viruses can spread from human contact with animals. When it comes to human-to-human transmission of the viruses, often it happens when someone comes into contact with an infected person’s secretions, such as a cough, sneeze or handshake could cause exposure. The virus can also be transmitted by touching something an infected person has touched and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. The incubation period, or the time interval from infection to onset of symptoms, is from two to 14 days. During this period, an individual can be infected and spreading the disease, although they may not be experiencing the signs and symptoms of the virus.

How many people survive coronavirus? Currently, coronavirus has a fatality rate of less than 3 percent. As such, the majority of those affected so far have survived the disease.

What are the signs and symptoms of coronavirus? The viruses can make people sick, usually with mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness, similar to a common cold. Coronavirus symptoms include a runny nose, cough, sore throat, possibly a headache and maybe a fever, which can last for a couple of days.

For those with a weakened immune system, the elderly and the very young, there’s a chance the virus could cause a lower, and much more serious, respiratory tract illness like pneumonia or bronchitis.

How can I protect myself? Because there is currently no vaccine to prevent infection, the best way to protect yourself is to avoid exposure. The CDC recommends the following additional steps:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


What happens if I suspect I or someone I know has coronavirus? 
If you exhibit symptoms of coronavirus within two weeks of traveling from China, you should contact a health care professional and mention your recent travel. If you have had close contact with someone exhibiting coronavirus symptoms who has recently traveled from China, you should call ahead to a health care professional and mention your close contact and the person’s recent travel. Your health care professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for coronavirus.We will continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), CDC’s website and will update you as changes occur.  We are also monitoring our mission trips to determine the appropriate action to take based on the most current recommendations and information from the CDC.

In the meantime, please protect yourself by following the above recommendations. For your convenience, you will find hand sanitizers in various locations throughout the church.  Also, you should purchase individual hand sanitizers and disinfectants.

What precautions are being taken at Grace Snellville?

  • Actively monitoring our short and long-term mission trips for the safety of our students
  • Additional hand sanitizer placed around our church campus
  • Increased the frequency of cleaning around the church
  • Children’s areas and check-in stations are sanitized several times a week with eco-friendly disinfectant
  • Whip Cream and Cinnamon at coffee stations removed. Only individual packets of creamers and sugars are available
  • Considering ordering prepackaged communion sets
  • Connecting with Gwinnett County government for additional information in our area
  • Alternative methods for meet and greet
  • Handouts from the CDC and Gwinnett county are located in our lobby

Questions or concerns? If you’d like to share your thoughts, concerns, questions, or ideas with us as we navigate our response to this situation, we’d love to hear from you. Your input and feedback are truly important to us. Please contact one of the Elders or the Executive Pastor, with any questions or comments.

While we cannot control the virus, spread, or the impact it has on our church, we’re doing everything we can to make this campus as safe and clean as possible. We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to help us do just that. We must also remember that God has not called us to live in fear, but in faith. As the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For the Spirit of God does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” My prayer is that God will fill us all with these three gifts, no matter what comes our way.

Grace Snellville Crisis Management, Elder Board and Leadership Team

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