COVID-19 Announcements


New Policies from the CDC and SCHD for fully-vaccinated people

If you have received a full course of COVID-19 vaccine and waited 2 weeks after receiving your second shot or your first shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. The Shelby County Health Department is requiring that all people, including children over the age of 2, wear a mask indoors. GUMC is complying with this requirement; masks must be worn indoors at all GUMC buildings.

What you can start to do:
• Resume activities outdoors without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
• If you travel in the U.S., you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel. You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside of the United States.
• If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.

What you should keep doing:
• Wear a mask indoors at all times, except when eating. Follow guidance at your workplace and local businesses, or any time a “mask must be worn” note is posted.
• Wear a mask upon entering Federal property.
• Still take steps to protect yourself and others if you travel.
• You are required to wear a mask on any forms of public transportation (airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares) traveling into, within, or out of the U.S. and in U.S. transportation hubs, airports, terminals, stations and ports of entry.
• International travelers are still required to get tested within 3 days of their flight and get tested 3-5 days after their trip.
• Watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick.
• Get tested and stay home and away from others if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

If you are fully vaccinated, remember you can still be infected with or “carry” the virus that causes COVID-19 while not feeling sick or having symptoms.

If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, find a vaccine. Until you are vaccinated, wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart, and wash your hands.

GUMC Policy for Announcing COVID at the Church

GUMC takes seriously the safety of all who would be on campus during the COVID-19 outbreak. We follow a plan for safety created by the church task force including members who are medical professionals and approved by the Board.

In the interests of transparency and health, we have already practiced, and will continue to practice, notifications by means of email and push notifications on our church app as soon as possible to the congregation. We will include all information that we know as long as it does not violate privacy issues.

If you have any questions concerning any announcement, you may call the church at 754-7216.

How to Get your COVID-19 Vaccination in our Area

All people ages 12 and up are now eligible for vaccinations. For a full list of vaccination sites, visit or call 901-222-SHOT (901-222-7468.) Every Friday at Noon new slots will be open on this website for the following week.

If you need a ride to a vaccine site, call 901-RIDE-901 (901-743-3901) or visit If you cannot leave your home, call 901-222-SHOT to schedule a vaccination or visit

Third shots (not boosters) are now available for people age 65 and older and those who are immunocompromised. Present your vaccine card at the Pipkin Building—no appointment necessary. You may also go online to local pharmacies, like Walgreens, to register for an appointment to get your third shot. These third shots are full-strength dosage.

Booster shots will be available soon. Germantown Baptist Church and the Pipkin Building will be giving those.

Watch for information in the news and watch the signs in front of the buildings for dates the booster shots will be

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    FEMA Offers Relief for COVID-19 Funeral Expenses

    In April FEMA began disbursing $2 billion — $9,000 per funeral — in funeral reimbursement. The money also covers cremation without other services. If the family incurs cemetery or memorial-related costs, FEMA’s funeral assistance will not fully cover those.

    Who can apply?

    The death must have happened in the United States.

    The death certificate must show the death was related to COVID-19.

    The applicant must have funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020, and be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident or have connections to one of the American territories.

    How to apply?

    Online applications will not be accepted.

    To apply, call FEMA’s COVID-19 funeral assistance line at 844-684-6333. Teletype — for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired — is available at 800-462-7585. Multilingual services are also available.

    The call will take around 20 minutes, according to FEMA’s website. After applying over the phone, applicants can upload necessary documents to, or mail or fax the paperwork.

    Can a person apply for COVID-19 funeral aid for more than one death?

    Yes. Assistance covers up to $9,000 per funeral and a $35,500 maximum per application per state, territory, or the District of Columbia.

    What registration information is needed?

    • Social Security number and birth date for the applicant and the deceased person
    • Applicant’s current mailing address and phone number
    • Location where the deceased person died
    • Burial or funeral insurance policy information
    • Details about other monetary funeral assistance received, including CARES Act grants
    • A routing and account number of the applicant’s checking or savings account, if they request the aid be directly deposited

    What documentation is needed?

    • Provide a death certificate that attributes the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 and shows it occurred in the United States
    • Funeral expenses documents with the applicant’s name, the deceased person’s name, the funeral expense amounts and funeral expense dates
    • Proof of funds received from other sources used for funeral costs

    What is the deadline to apply for aid?

    FEMA has not set a deadline yet.

    Two people paid for funeral expenses. Can they both apply for COVID-19 aid?

    Both people must register with FEMA under the same application as co-applicant. No more than one co-applicant can be included. If they file two separate applications, the application with proper documentation that was received first will be given the aid.

    How do I appeal FEMA’s decision?

    A person has 60 days from the date of FEMA’s decision letter to upload, fax or mail a signed letter to appeal.

    The appeal should include the following:

    • Why the decision is not correct
    • Supporting documentation
    • The application number must be on each page of the appeal.

    Appeal documents can be submitted in the following ways:

    Upload through
    Fax to 855-261-3452
    Mail to P.O. BOX 10001, Hyattsville, MD 20782