Alabama Church Group Quarantined in Israel Headed Home After Testing Negative for Coronavirus

Alabama Church Group Quarantined in Israel Headed Home After Testing Negative for Coronavirus
Passengers walk while wearing protective masks at Ben Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, February 27, 2020. Credit: AFP

Thirteen members of an Alabama church group that was quarantined in a Israeli hotel have tested negative for coronavirus and are headed home, according to the church’s Facebook page.

“We are thankful for official ‘negative’ test results!” said a post from the 3Circle Church group Monday morning. “Our team is very hopeful to be released soon, however details and timelines are not confirmed. Please continue to pray!”

Multiple press reports from Israel say the group was released and headed to the airport as of Monday afternoon.

The group arrived in Bethlehem March 3 and were immediately caught up in the global pandemic.

The church, which has locations in Fairhope, Daphne, Mobile and Thomasville, told AL.com that seven employees at a hotel its group were staying at tested positive for the virus. The church spokesperson said the group initially left the hotel to look for new lodgings but were later taken back by local police.

Among the group is the church’s lead pastor Chris Bell.

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SOURCE: Al.com, Christopher Harress