A pastor in California is threatening to defy a court order banning home services at his church while Georgia reports that a 7-year-old becomes the youngest person in the state to die of the coronavirus.
Pastor Rob McCoy of Calvary Chapel Godspeak in Newbury Park, about 45 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, said in a live commentary on the church’s YouTube page on Friday night that he “would” be violated “a court order.
The Ventura County judge’s interim restraining order prohibits McCoy from providing in-house services at his church or any other indoor location in the county until August 31.
California has seen an increase in coronavirus deaths, although the number of new cases has decreased slightly over the past two weeks, according to an inventory by NBC News. The state reported 8,436 new viral infections on Thursday, bringing the total to 538,416. According to state data, more than 10,000 people have died from the virus.
In Ventura County, there have been a total of 8,245 coronavirus infections and 82 deaths as of Friday, according to county data.
Georgia officials this week announced that the virus had killed a 7-year-old African-American boy, the youngest not yet dead from COVID-19 in the state.
The grim news came the day before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday that black and Hispanic children were disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
The boy attended a local church where he came into contact with two elderly people who tested positive for the virus and have died since then, Dr. Bill Wessinger of Chatham County told WSAV, the branch of NBC in Savannah.
The investigator said the child had no basic health condition and had seizures in the shower before being taken to the emergency room. He later died at the hospital.
“Every COVID-19 death that we report is tragic, but losing someone too young is especially heartbreaking,” said Dr. Lawton Davis, director of the coastal medical district in Georgia. , Dr. Lawton Davis, director of the coastal medical district in Georgia, said in a statement.
“We know that the elderly and those with the underlying medical condition are at higher risk of complications, but this is a disease that everyone should take seriously,” he said.
Governor Brian Kemp said in a statement, “This child’s death is completely tragic, and we are praying for their loved ones in this difficult time.”
Georgia had a total of 209,004 coronavirus positive cases and 1,969 deaths, according to state data.
The coronavirus virus has claimed the lives of more than 162,000 people in the United States since the end of February. New York, New Jersey and California have seen the most deaths. According to NBC News, nearly 5 million coronavirus infections have been confirmed nationwide.