COVID-19 Announcements


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

Whether or not to wear masks is something with which all of society continues to struggle. We want to thank all of you for your patience during this time.

With the recent developments in the COVID downturn, the Shelby County Health Department lifted the mask mandate on businesses in the area. As the past couple of weeks have continued, there has not been a major spike in new cases.

After consulting with leadership in the church as well as health officials, the church will no longer ask for masks to be worn inside by everyone. With the high number of vaccinations in Germantown, code, as well as low numbers of new cases, I believe it is within reason for vaccinated persons to not wear masks for now when it is not required by our county in most places.

In the future, if there is another spike that threatens the overall safety of all citizens, and another mandate is placed on the community at such a time, the church may very well ask everyone again to wear masks.

Of course, anyone who prefers to continue wearing masks is certainly welcome and encouraged to do so. We will ask for everyone to use their judgment.

Again, thank you for your patience during these trying and confusing times. May God bless and keep you.

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

Vaccines are now available for children aged 5 years old and older. A second booster is now available for those aged 50 or over.

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:

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