Minister reassures community after possible COVID-19 exposure at service

April Oristano is a minister at the First Christian Church in Eugene and said that they have strictly been following the governor's recommendations and orders.

Posted: Mar 30, 2020 4:32 PM
Updated: Mar 30, 2020 4:35 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Church staff are clearing rumors following a positive case of coronavirus passing through their building.

April Oristano is a minister at the First Christian Church in Eugene and said that they have strictly been following the governor's recommendations and orders.

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"On March 13 the church office was closed," she said. "We only had like three employees in the building that day and since then we have been closed to the public until we can figure out how to bring essential services back through."

The person attended an interfaith prayer service March 11. The services are hosted by a different organization than the church but are held in the same building. They happen once a month and last around an hour.

Interfaith Prayer Service International said the service that was sparsely attended and the people sat a conservative distance away from one another.

Oristano said the event is open to the public and she does not know who the person was that had the virus. She said the church has been practicing social distancing with everything they do.

"Our free clothing and food distribution were moved outside on March 12, volunteers wore gloves, custodial sanitation procedures were ramped up," she said.

All other worship assemblies and small groups have been moved online until at least April 12.

"We have been working on this since March 11 the way everyone else was doing so," she said.

She said they'll continue to watch for new orders from the governor's office to do their part to keep the community safe. 

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