Prayer #370: For the Amish and Mennonite Communities in the U.S. During COVID
The Amish and Mennonite communities are some of the closest-knit communities in our country. Consequently, some of them have been harder-hit, proportionally, by COVID-19, especially in the earlier months of the pandemic. In the New Holland Borough of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for example, where there are extensive communities of Amish and Mennonites, it is estimated that at least 90% of these communities had at least one family member infected with the virus. The Parochial Medical Center, which serves these communities, has reported that COVID-19 tore through the Amish and Mennonite communities in the spring of 2020. In April and May, the county's positivity rate for COVID testing was more than 20%. During this period, the medical center indicated that 15% of the patients they saw were infected with COVID. After a second wave of the virus in this Lancaster region among the Amish and Mennonites, the medical center now has not had a patient with COVID symptoms in six weeks. Some health officials are even wondering if this community is the first in the country to have achieved herd immunity, although this is uncertain.
Pray for the Amish and Mennonite communities around the United States, as these close, tight-knit communities seem more susceptible to a local spike of COVID-19.
Rom. 12:12: "Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."