California Churchgoer Exposed 180 People to Coronavirus During Illegal Mother’s Day Service, 3,000 Churches Plan to Open May 31
An unidentified churchgoer exposed 180 churchgoers to the deadly coronavirus on Mother’s Day, May 10, in Butte County, California, notes CNN.
The Butte County Public Health Department said the churchgoer tested positive for COVID-19 on May 11, and that the other churchgoers have been notified they were exposed to the contagious virus.
California does not currently allow in-person religious gatherings because the pandemic has infected more than 78,800 people, and killed more than 3,200 in the Golden State, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Church in Chino, California is one of 3,000 other churches in the Golden State that plan to reopen on May 31 in defiance of state coronavirus safety orders.
Hibbs told Christian radio host Frank Sontag on May 15 that people cannot prove that others have been infected from church services despite numerous accounts of people contracting COVID-19 and dying after going to church services across the country.
Hibbs told Sontag the “church must open up in full trust of God in winsomeness before the world, as a great example, and we’re going to do that.”