Countryside’s groups and individuals who used the building Tuesday, March 10 – Thursday, March 12

Countryside’s groups and individuals who used the building Tuesday, March 10 – Thursday, March 12,

Countryside Community Church’s Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes, Senior Minister, was recently diagnosed with COVID-19, following his return from a trip to Spain. When Elnes and the group he was travelling with departed for Spain, and during their time overseas, there was no indication that Spain was a known hotspot for the COVID-19 virus. Upon return to the U.S., Elnes did not notice any symptoms until the evening of Wednesday, March 11, and underwent self-quarantine and testing on Thursday, March 12.

To address any questions or concerns from those who believe they may have had contact with Elnes, we are providing the following information about when he was in Countryside’s building since his return to the U.S.:

  • Working with Douglas Country Health officials, Eric Elnes has provided a complete list of individuals who were deemed to have high-risk levels of contact with Eric Elnes.
    • These individuals have already been contacted by the Douglas County Department of Health and are currently undergoing the recommended self-quarantine.
    • The health department contacts these individuals twice a day to monitor for symptoms.
    • Should symptoms arise they will be tested for the Covid-19 virus.
  • Eric Elnes was in the church building at the following times prior to noticing symptoms:
    • Tuesday, March 10 from noon until 5:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, March 11 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Eric Elnes attended several meetings only in his office and the Deborah room.  He was in the church’s offices and the All Gender restroom by the Men’s room upstairs.

The church building was cleaned/sanitized on Thursday night and fully sanitized on Saturday upon learning of Elnes’s diagnosis.  Countryside Community Church has taken additional steps to keep the congregation informed and safe during the present global pandemic. More information at