Arnhart suspends church services

Friday, July 3, 2020

Two members of congregation test positive for COVID-19

A second area church has suspended services due to positive cases of COVID-19 within their congregations.

Jason Mackey, pastor at Arnhart Baptist Church in Purdy, released a statement on Facebook Thursday saying two members of the Arnhart Family tested positive this week.

“The first positive has not attended since June 14; however, the second positive was in attendance this past Sunday (although asymptomatic at the time and did not develop any symptoms until late Monday night),” Mackey said. “Neither one has had any interaction with the other or several weeks, and it appears that the cases are unrelated.”

Because of the positive tests, the church has decided to suspend all services on July 5 and July 12.

“After the 12th, we will prayerfully review the situation and decide whether or not to extend the cancellation,” Mackey said. “The church offices will be closed this next week as we schedule cleaning crews to disinfect and sanitize the building.”

Online services will continue during the suspension of in-person services, and people may watch at, on YouTube, or on the church’s Facebook page.

“Our number one concern is your well-being, that is why we are choosing to be overly cautious,” Mackey said. “If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.”

The decision by Arnhart follows a similar move by Monett Church of the Nazarene. On June 28, a positive case that was not symptomatic and was masked attended service at the church between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The church was notified, and church officials said it would suspend services for two weeks, starting July 5.

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