40 People Infected With Coronavirus After Attending Alabama Church’s Revival

Warrior Creek Missionary Baptist Church in north Alabama had revival services last week, and now more than 40 members have tested positive for COVID-19.

More than 40 people have coronavirus after attending a week-long revival at a small north Alabama Baptist church last week, pastor Daryl Ross said today. Only two male members’ cases were serious, he said. “One respiratory, he almost got put in the hospital, but he’s OK,” Ross said. “The other one fought it off with two days in bed.”

“The whole church has got it, just about,” Ross said, and that includes himself. Ross said he has tested positive but has few symptoms.

The Warrior Creek Missionary Baptist Church is located in a small Marshall County community called Strawberry. It dates to the 1860s and usually has between 80 and 100 at Sunday services.

“We had church Wednesday night. We were in revival, morning and night services,” Ross said. “On the way back over 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.”

Baptist revivals are week-long events usually featuring a guest evangelist. Their purpose is to bring church members closer together and encourage professions of faith from attendees who have not been baptized into the church. “We have day and night services and, after morning services, families carry the pastor and evangelist home to eat dinner with them,” Ross explained. The visiting evangelist followed that pattern and has reported no symptoms, Ross said.

The man believed to have brought the virus to revival also had no symptoms, Ross said. “He had three guys at work that came down positive,” he said. “From work, they made him test, and he came back positive. No symptoms.”

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SOURCE: Al.com, Lee Roop