COVID Update: Oct. 6 — Levels are “VERY HIGH”

COVID Exhaustion and Disappointment

Dear UFP beloved community:

I have no words for how much I hate being the bearer of the last two weeks’ COVID news. 

Here’s where we are at.

  • Of the 108 people who have died of COVID in the Peterborough area, 8 have died in the last 2 weeks.
  • There are 12 active institutional outbreaks, including at the hospital itself.
  • Local COVID hospitalizations as I write are 3x higher than they were in early September — a level not seen since the peak of the Spring wave in April.
  • There’s a strong continuing upward trend in today’s data.
  • Many of us know of multiple cases this week in our own congregation — all contracted at exactly the kinds of local, purposeful, social, community-supportive indoor events we all want to be at again so much.

Our Board policy, informed in detail by Peterborough Public Health (PPH) guidelines and the wise guidance of our Safe Gathering advisory team, is that we meet online-only in weeks that the PPH Local COVID-19 Risk Index is High or Very High.

This wave will end. It will not end immediately. We all long to get back to normal, and it was a joy to be back together in September. We hope and expect to be in-person again soon.

The Board knows how much this is hurting each of us and all of us. Keep an eye on the website for ways we are trying to make the best of this unwanted situation.

— Ben Wolfe (President), for your UFP Board


Well, it’s not a shock that cases have been rampant due to many factors including schools starting, a flood of large gatherings, COVID exhaustion and reduced protective standards, change of seasons, and how much all of us want to get back to normal. 

The curve was turning upward a week ago and is now a spike. There have been multiple local deaths in the last week. There are 11 active institutional outbreaks mostly in long-term care and retirement homes. 

Our Board policy, including recent adjustments and informed in depth by the Safe Gathering advisory team, is the service-leading and tech teams can be in the sanctuary but the service needs to be online-only this week for the congregation. This is true in any week that the Peterborough Public Health Local COVID-19 Risk Index is High or Very High (Extreme).

— Your UFP Board President, Ben Wolfe

More details about the PPH Index and much more data can be found here or by clicking the image below:

The Index is updated every Wednesday by 4pm.

This week’s COVID-19 Local Risk Tracker update.


Who do you know who has deep commitment to our purposes, and the necessary organizational, personal, and diverse technical skills? 

Together with Beth Israel Congregation, the Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough seeks a new Administrator to provide secure, helpful, and positive support to our blossoming partnership.

The position is permanent and part time, 20 – 25 hours per week.  CLICK HERE for the full job description. 

In addition to the usual public advertising, we’re asking YOU to help us spread the word about our search. Someone you know may be a perfect candidate! 

Charities often find new staff through personal connections and word of mouth, especially when potential applicants value the organization’s work and achievements. So please help spread the word and send folks with questions to our office at 705-741-0968 /