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UPDATE: Reports Say Louisiana Churchgoer Has Died From Coronavirus


Life Tabernacle Church Pastor Spell was on our show this week explaining the reason why he is still having people come to services:

There is an update from WAFB that a member of the church has died. Read more on WAFB’s website here.

Additionally, there is now an update from The Advocate:

A Baton Rouge lawyer who is part of the legal team representing a Central church and its pastor defying state social distancing orders during the coronavirus pandemic has been hospitalized because of the coronavirus.

The lawyer, Jeff Wittenbrink, attended two events at Life Tabernacle Church — an April 2 news conference and an April 5 church service, and has been at Baton Rouge General since Tuesday after progressively worsening conditions, including a high fever and persistent cough, he said.

Reached in his hospital room Thursday while taking oxygen through his nose, Wittenbrink said he did not feel ill during the church events and has “no idea” how he may have contracted the virus.

Read more from The Advocate

We have reached out to the pastor for comment.

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