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The Office of the Bishop has gathered a list of resources from various sources on how to prepare for the potential spread of COVID-19 to our region, as well as best practices and scientific research surrounding our liturgical and sacramental practices. This list will continue to be updated as new information comes in. If you have resources you would like to share, please send them to


Research on Liturgical and Sacramental Practices

COVID-19 Response Resources and Information

COVID-19 Response in the Diocese of Olympia

3 thoughts on “COVID-19 Response in the Diocese of Olympia

  • February 28, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    I think we should Use wafers and intinction for all communicants including clergy.

  • February 29, 2020 at 8:33 am

    Perhaps there should be a link to a video SHOWING the PROPER way to intinct and wipe the chalice, and how to use the purifier. I’ve seen the wrong way done in the past, so a refresher should be passed down from “the top”.


  • March 3, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Comment from Lee Artmen:

    Despite the studies you quoted in your recent You Tube video, I have serious concerns about the basic science of a common cup. although, I have not read the two studies you referred to, From your description, they appear to be epidemiological studies. These often suffer from design flaws which fail to address basic science facts.

    The quote in the Episcopal guide book you noted regarding “fortified wine” fails to meet even freshman high school chemistry standard. I have heard it for years and am appalled that it is in print.

    Lethality of any agent is a chemical reaction. All chemical reactions are a function of: 1) volume, 2) concentration 3) length of exposure and 4) temperature and 5) pH.

    First the obvious: the fortified wine did not kill the yeast that fermented it.

    Now in order:

    1. Volume: In this case-negligible. Drops

    2. Concentration: In pharmacology, I was taught that the minimal concentration of isopropyl alcohol to have lethality is 70%. Isopropyl has three hydroxyl groups. Ethanol only has two. I am reasonably assured that the wine is not fortified to 70%.

    3) Length of exposure: seconds.

    4) Temperature: assume a constant. Heat increases the rate of chemical activity, room temperature is not an extreme modulator

    5) pH will vary according to the individual liquid. Nevertheless, as stated above, no chemical reaction is instantaneous!

    To state the obvious, even in the death of an animal, not all cells die instantaneously (otherwise we could never transplant cadaver organs).

    Finally, just wiping a cup with linen that does not contain virocidal doses of detergent (again a chemical reaction limited by the above conditions) is facetious at best.

    The only safe alternative I can envision is the use of dixie cups.

    Please reconsider the advise being given. I know it is in print somewhere, but unless the authors specifically address each of the above variables, their information is “fatally” flawed.


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