VERMONT HEALTH COMMISSIONER Dr. Mark Levine singled out Victory Baptist Church in Vergennes last Friday as the source of 80 recent COVID-19 cases linked to Christmas services. On Tuesday he said the number was approaching 100 cases.
ADDISON COUNTY — Along with the rest of Vermont, Addison County is caught up in a surge of COVID-19 cases stemming from an increase in a spread of the disease related to people getting together over the Christmas holidays.
The Vermont Department of Health reported double-digit daily increases in the number of Addison County cases over the last two weeks, with 218 new cases here since Dec. 30 — nearly half of the 474 confirmed county cases since the pandemic began last March.
Statewide the numbers were equally alarming, with the 118 new cases on Wednesday alone, and more than 9,000 since mid-...
“Ignorance, inconsiderate, sickening, tragedy . . . they got what they deserved.” These are the responses to a COVID outbreak at a church in Vergennes. As a member and regular attendee, I would agree that it is a tragedy, an unfortunate series of events. Some may feel that it could have been prevented while others see it as the ebb and flow of life.
We followed the CDC guidelines (masked, six-feet distance, limited capacity), and yet it still spread through the church. How did it first come through the door? Did it come through the food shelf, the blood drive, or the church services? This is...
I sincerely hope the Victory Baptist parishioners — and those subsequently infected with COVID — will recover. And that the church (and any others tempted to do in-person services) will conduct only-online services until we achieve herd immunity through vaccinations. As we can see from this church’s reckless practices, in-person services endanger innocent Vermonters.
The church pastor is quoted as saying. “Corporate worship is part of the Christian faith. There is something lost in a Zoom service. We did it for three months.”
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VICTORY BAPTIST CHURCH in Vergennes has seen 80 COVID cases since Christmas.
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VERGENNES — After Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine singled out a Vergennes church as the source of 80 recent COVID-19 cases, the pastor of Victory Baptist Church on Route 7 says that his parishioners were following federal safety guidelines during the spread of the disease that apparently occurred at Christmas services.
“Our congregations want to do live services, so we follow CDC guidelines,” the Rev. Tim Taylor told the Independent.
During the start of the pandemic Victory Baptist held services only online in March, April and May, in accordance with state mandates, Taylor said....