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Coronavirus Church Outbreak Lawsuit

Coronavirus Church Outbreak Lawsuit

Deadly coronavirus outbreaks have occurred when religious organizations failed to obey “stay at home” orders from public health officials.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting coronavirus induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been infected with COVID-19 due to a church outbreak, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Disease Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Do Coronavirus “Stay at Home” Orders Violate Religious Freedom?

Since the first “stay at home” orders were issued in the U.S. in March 2020, the vast majority of church-goes have accepted restrictions on their religious freedoms for a few weeks. These short-term sacrifices have been credited with preventing an uncontrolled disease outbreak.

The Governor of California said: “Practice your faith, but do so in a way that allows you to keep yourself healthy, keep others healthy and does justice to the teachings of Christ and God and others.”

Pastor Dies After Coronavirus Outbreak At Baptist Church

In April 2020, a pastor in Georgia died of coronavirus in an outbreak at Palmer Grove Baptist Church that also infected several members of the congregation. Pastor Jerry J. Smith died after battling coronavirus, according to the Burke County Coroner’s Office. He last attended a youth revival on March 11, 2020.

Over 70 Cases of Coronavirus Linked to Rancho Cordova Church

California Megachurch Linked to Deadly Coronavirus Outbreak

A deadly outbreak of coronavirus infected at least 71 members of the Bethany Slavic Missionary Church near Sacramento, California, according to county officials. One parishioner died of COVID-19, and the pastor was also infected. The church stopped weekly services, but church members continued to meet in groups for fellowship meetings.

Florida Megachurch Pastor Arrested for Violating “Say At Home” Health Order

In March 2020, Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne of the River at Tampa Bay Church in Florida, was arrested and charged with unlawful assembly after a large group of parishioners packed into the church, in violation of an official “stay-at-home” order.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said at a news conference:

“His reckless disregard for human life put hundreds of people in his congregation at risk. As well as put thousands of residents who may interact with them in danger.”

Louisiana Pastor Charged After 1,000 Parishioners Pack into Life Tabernacle Church

In Louisiana, police issued a misdemeanor summons to Pastor Tony Spell after more than 1,000 people packed into the Life Tabernacle Church for his services on March 22, 2020.

How Churches Can Prevent Coronavirus Outbreaks

  • Buy supplies of hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and masks.
  • Encourage frequent hand-washing and good hygiene.
  • Pick a single entry-point to the church to have congregants wash their hands and check for symptoms.
  • Discourage sick people and family members from coming to church
  • Eliminate non-essential activities at church
  • Avoid passing communion plates or common items
  • Avoid personal-touch elements of a service, like peace-passing, offerings, or books
  • Social distance at church: Add more space between chairs, or bigger gaps in pews.

Do I have a Coronavirus Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting coronavirus induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been infected with COVID-19 due to a church outbreak, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Disease Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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