October 21, 2021

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COVID cases linked to First Baptist Church of Hendersonville concert surpass 100, with no deaths

After a Christmas concert the weekend of Dec. 5 that resulted in 75 COVID-19 cases, First Baptist Church in Hendersonville is putting in-person services on hiatus for a month.

As of Jan. 5, the number of COVID-19 cases identified as stemming from a Christmas concert at First Baptist Church in Hendersonville had indeed topped 100.

“The current number is 102 positive cases stemming from the First Baptist cluster,” said Andrew Mundhenk, spokesman for the Henderson County Department of Public Health. “This includes some positive individuals who did not attend the event but were known close contacts of a positive case who did attend.

“We are not aware of any deaths at this point.”

The church held the concert event over the weekend of Dec. 5. Some who attended said the church was crowded, many people were not wearing masks or social distancing, and choir members were singing shoulder-to-shoulder.

The church suspended in-person services after the outbreak, with Pastor Steve Scoggins and Robert Bridges, chairman of Deacons, saying in a joint statement, “The current wave of virus infection is so widespread that we must take action out of concern for the safety of our church, our community, and especially those who are most vulnerable in our midst.”

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