Two churches have been forced to indefinitely suspend service after many congregants and leaders tested positive for COVID-19 following the reopening, Washington Post reports.
Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Houston and Catoosa Baptist Tabernacle in Ringgold, Ga. are closed once again.
Holy Ghost Catholic Church reopened on May 2, welcoming 179 attendees into its 900-seat building, the church states.
Since then, two priests and three members of the church’s Redemptorists religious community have since tested positive for COVID-19, the church released in a statement.
On May 13, Holy Ghost Church priest Donnell Kirchner, 79, passed away from unknown causes.
On May 18, it was announced all masses at Holy Ghost Church are canceled until further notice.
Following its state’s lead, Catoosa Baptist Tabernacle resumed in-person services on April 26, just days after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp allowed places of worship to reopen, according to the Post.
After several families who attend Catoosa Baptist Tabernacle tested positive for the coronavirus, the church made the decision to suspend service.