Alabama pastor Daryl Ross of The Warrior Creek Missionary Baptist Church who tested positive for COVID-19 said “The whole church has got it, just about.”
“We knew what we were getting into.” Ross added.
Daryl said only two members have serious cases of the virus. The church typically has between 80 and 100 congregants at Sunday service.
“We had church Wednesday night. We were in revival, morning and night services,” Ross said. “On the way back, on Thursday, is when we found out. I got a call that one of our guys in the church has tested positive. So, we shut down revival and, by Friday night, I’ve got church members sick everywhere.”
The church had a visiting evangelist, who has not tested positive, holding revival services, they halted services after it was learned one member had tested positive.
That member was asymptomatic, he was tested only after three coworkers got the virus, according to the pastor.
Over the weekend, dozens more of the revival service attendees started to show symptoms.
Although most of the congregation did not go because of the virus, those who did practiced social distancing. Masks, however, were not required.