Sobering news from The Chicago Tribune:
Forty-three people who attended a March 15 service at The Life Church of Glenview are now displaying symptoms of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, the pastor’s wife wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday.
Layna LoCascio said in the social media post that not everyone has been tested, but “whoever gets a test done ends up being positive, and we all have the same symptoms.”
LoCascio is the wife of the church’s pastor, Anthony LoCascio. He is said to be ill, as well.
She mentioned in the post three people who tested positive for COVID-19 and who have been hospitalized.
Many who are affected are recovering at home, but some are hospitalized with pneumonia, including a man with cancer who is on a ventilator in an intensive care unit, according to the post.
Layna LoCascio also posted a video telling of the exposure. The last service was March 15, before the church moved to online worship , and the cases seem to be connected to that date, she said.
Church leaders said the meeting was held days before the governor’s stay-at-home order. However, it was after officials called for large public events to be scaled down to 1,000 people and for private ones to have a maximum 250 in attendance.
Anthony LoCascio has been sick for 11 days, with a fever, cough and chills, but is recovering and quarantined at home, Layna LoCascio wrote.
“We need desperate prayers for our head usher and (a) pillar in our church” she wrote, mentioning the name of one man she said had been given “hardly any hope” by doctors.
Pray for all involved. Pray for our world.