DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Over the past couple of months, many churches in the Wiregrass have returned to fully in-person services as COVID-19 cases began to decline.
Now with the Delta variant surging, one local church is seeing the effects in its congregation.
“We’ve had more cases that we are aware of right now than any time in the pandemic, but the good news is all of them are fairly mild,” Harvest Church Pastor, Ralph Sigler said. “No one has been hospitalized. We did have fewer people in church this Sunday, this past Sunday, I think because of it.”
With the COVID surge sweeping across Alabama, Pastor Sigler says Harvest will increase its precautions within the church to try and prevent sickness among members.
“We’ve never quit taking precautions but we’re going to step them up a bit,” Sigler said. “We’re going back to the industrial sterilizing that we had done back during more the middle of COVID, we’re going to be spacing people again, asking them to wear mask to and going to their seats.”
Sigler also says that for the upcoming Sunday they will not have their children’s ministry because they can’t keep the children apart.
He encourages anyone who feels sick to stay at home and help stop the spread.
“Certainly anybody who tests positive needs to stay away from everybody and kind of be sure they don’t spread it,” Sigler said. “It does certainly seem much more contagious.”
Pastor Sigler says that with the precautions Harvest is taking, he hopes to see a drop in the number of cases within his congregation soon.