Several large Church of God congregations in Cleveland, Tennessee, are re-closing their doors because of an outbreak of COVID-19 infections that hit members after in-person services and a large revival event.
In a series of posts in the past week on the Westmore Church of God Facebook page, lead pastor of the church Kelvin Page reported one, then five and then at least 12 cases of COVID-19 in his congregation. In the days since, people connected to the church said the outbreak is two or three times that number.
Page did not respond to multiple requests for comment this week.
In April, Westmore held drive-in services. This expanded to include an in-person service in May that involved spaced seating, Page said in a video posted to Facebook at the time. On May 31, the church held an in-person service in the sanctuary for the grand opening of its new church building on Legacy Parkway in Cleveland.
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