Transcript for Churches linked to COVID-19 outbreaks
As some of these states re-open religious gatherings are emerging as hot spots with hundreds of ink infections linked to church services. Tom llamas is outside a church here in Manhattan with more on this side of the story. Good morning, Tom. Reporter: Cecilia, good morning to you. Church services have resumed here in New York City but with limited capacity and when parishioners come here they'll see the new rule, wear a mask, make sure to use hand sanitizer and social distance but across the country pastors are making a tough decision to keep their churches closed. They're saying it's too dangerous to praise in person. This morning, worship whiplash. Some churches that re-opened now closing amid new covid-19 spikes. "The New York Times" reporting more than 650 coronavirus cases have been linked to nearly 40 churches and religious events across the country. Many over the last month. Pastor Derek Allen of mobile, Alabama, stopping in person services earlier this month. He says as the number of covid cases in his church started rising even though the state didn't mandate it. I do know that people really, really suffer with this particular disease and so watching our people suffer and knowing that if we have an in-person service that it was likely to spread, even further in our congregation, that's why we decided to go back online. Reporter: Outbreaks linked to churches have happened in several states. Recently in Oregon, Texas, west Virginia and Tennessee. In June, Florida teen Carson Davis attended with other kids and the 17-year-old who had pre-existing conditions didn't wear a mask or social distance. Three days later she started to feel symptoms. Ten days after that. She died. And back in March, just north of Seattle, more than 50 members of a community choir became infected with covid-19 after rehearsal. Two of the members died. The CDC calling that event a superspreader. Finding that just one asymptomatic person infected 52 others. Having had two friends that I sing with that died because of this it is not worth it. It is not worth it. Reporter: Health experts worry even with social distancing, in close spaces singing and sermons can spread the virus through the air. Churches are particularly concerning because you have a lot of people singing loudly in choirs. As a result, you have a lot of particles spreading getting on other people and, hence, increasing their chances of getting the coronavirus. Reporter: Now as an alternative many churches have opted to stream services on YouTube and Facebook. It's nowhere the same experience as gathering in fellowship but many pastors feel it's the safest thing to do right now. Thank you. Dr. Ashish jha, director of the
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