Anti-Mask Pastor Gets COVID-19, Ends Up in Hospital ICU, His Church Still Won’t Require Masks
Paul Van Noy — senior pastor at Candlelight Christian Fellowship in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho — has been stricken with the COVID-19 virus and is in the Kootenai Health intensive care unit.
Van Noy re-opened the large church in early May and encouraged unmasked attendees even though Kootenai County Van Noy has a mask mandate.
Eric Reade, the body ministry coordinator the church, said that the pastor’s wife Brenda Van Noy is recovering from COVID-19 at home, and five other church staffers are also infected.
Reade told The Spokesman-Review the church closed its doors for two weeks and did a deep cleaning before reopening: “We didn’t want, obviously, to be spreading the virus.”
However, Read failed to mention that COVID-19 is spread via aerosol (in the air) by infected people.
Despite the clear scientific evidence, the church staff doesn’t know how the pastor got COVID-19, according to Reade.
Reade said the church is still not complying with state law regarding masks and said people have “different opinions”:
The position is, if you feel comfortable wearing a mask, you can. If you’re not comfortable wearing a mask, you don’t have to. Nobody is going to be criticized for whatever decision they make. We all have different opinions and approaches about things. It’s being able to balance that and being loving and kind and respectful in all aspects.