January 6, 2022

Over the last two weeks, the Saint Luke Covid-19 advisory committee has been carefully following the Covid-19 statistics for the State of Maryland and Montgomery County. Unfortunately, the situation has deteriorated rapidly in Montgomery County.

Between December 20 and January 4, the Covid-19 test positivity rate in the county has increased from 7.5% to 26.8%; a 3.5-fold increase in just 2 weeks.   This trend is alarming not only because of the number of new cases but also the speed at which the cases have risen. In addition, as a result of this latest surge, many hospitals in the state are now near or at capacity. (For details about the state and counties, see )

As you may also know, Governor Hogan declared a 30-day state of emergency due to Covid-19 on Tuesday, January 4.  Based on a careful review of the current data, the advisory committee has recommended that Saint Luke suspend in-person worship services, classes, groups… until further notice.

This decision is not made lightly, but given the alarming speed with which this current wave has spread, we must all take care to keep ourselves, our families, and our neighbors safe.  The advisory committee will continue to monitor the situation closely and hopes that this current wave will pass quickly.  In the meantime, Saint Luke will certainly continue worship, faith formation and other opportunities virtually.

We continue to pray that all of you stay safe and well.