72 COVID-19 cases linked to western NC church Christmas event

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — Officials with the Henderson County Department of Public Health told ABC affiliate WLOS that 72 COVID-19 cases have been linked to a Christmas celebration held by Hendersonville First Baptist Church.

A statement from the church reads in part:

“With a strong sense of unity, our ministers and deacons have decided to put our church on a thirty-day pause in regard to on-site worship. This also includes all ministry activities.”

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Church officials go on to state that they will look at conditions in mid-January to see how and when they should move forward.