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"No-Masker" Pastor Lands in the ICU With Covid

Idaho pastor skeptical of masks lands in the ICU for Covid-19

 

A pastor in Idaho who called himself a "no-masker" during a service and repeatedly questioned the veracity of coronavirus case reporting is in the ICU after contracting Covid-19.

 

Paul Van Noy, senior pastor at Candlelight Church in Coeur d'Alene, has spent two weeks in the hospital with a Covid-19 diagnosis, ministry coordinator Eric Reade confirmed to CNN. Five other church staff were infected with coronavirus, too, but they've all recovered, he said.
 
In a comment shared through Candlelight Church, Van Noy said he'll soon move out of the ICU into another room in the hospital and then recover at home.
 
"At present I feel OK but still need quite a bit of oxygen support -- especially if and when I try to get up out of the bed," he said in a statement through the church.
 
 
 
His wife also contracted Covid-19 but wasn't hospitalized, according to the church. The couple are two of over 3,050 cases in the Northwest Idaho area, local health data shows.
 
Candlelight Church shut its doors temporarily in March but reopened for in-person services in early May. Van Noy's church doesn't require parishioners to wear masks, though they're welcome to, Reade told CNN.
 
In a July 22 service that was posted online, Van Noy said while he doesn't mind if other people wear masks, he didn't "want to be told" he needed to wear a mask.

 

He also said he wouldn't comply if the city ordered him to halt in-person services, though the church also livestreams its services. Nationwide, church leaders have been fined -- and even arrested -- for holding services during the pandemic.
 
In a July Facebook post, Van Noy falsely claimed that wearing masks doesn't prevent Covid-19 transmission, and he urged his parishioners not to fear the "cause or effect of Covid-19."

 

Multiple international studies have shown that wearing masks, paired with persistent social distancing, are the most effective ways to prevent transmission of coronavirus. Effective face masks keep asymptomatic people from sneezing, coughing or spitting out droplets that contain the virus and prevent the wearer from breathing in someone else's virus-bearing droplets.
 
"May we keep our heads at a time like this," Van Noy wrote. "And, may we defend our freedoms lest they quickly disappear. We will not close down our church, we will not stop singing praises to the Lord, and we will not be required to wear masks or refrain from allowing those who wish to wear one the opportunity."
 
Van Noy's church will soon host two controversial figures who've flouted coronavirus guidelines and questioned mask mandates: Charlie Kirk, founder of the conservative student group Turning Point USA, and Rob McCoy, a California pastor who was fined for holding indoor church services despite Covid-19 restrictions. The men will speak at services later this month to "work to make sense of what the church's proper role in America can and should be in the face of increasing opposition and cultural animosity."
 
Pacific Northwest newspaper the Spokesman-Review reported that the event with Kirk and McCoy will be held in-person.

 

 

Idaho pastor skeptical of masks lands in the ICU for Covid-19 


"FAKE 45 #illegitimate" read a sign at the Woman's March in DC, 1/27/2017
Honored Social Butterfly

Indeed Centrist. This made a big media splash here in Spokane, let me tell you. The difference in covid attitudes between Washington State and Idaho is staggering, with regards to so many things, covid among them!
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@Tom5678 wrote:
Indeed Centrist. This made a big media splash here in Spokane, let me tell you. The difference in covid attitudes between Washington State and Idaho is staggering, with regards to so many things, covid among them

Thank you for the insight, Tom. 

 

That's the same here in Minnesota and the Dakota's.  

 

My latest custom made bumpersticker....

 

"Minnesota....if we were any whiter they'd call us East Dakota!"


"FAKE 45 #illegitimate" read a sign at the Woman's March in DC, 1/27/2017
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I believe there was a time in Spring that everyone in the USA  thought this was a NY, NJ, east coast thing.  In fact, Florida did  ban New Yorkers.

 

The midwest and south seemed sacrosanct in May and June.

 

There is a regional ignorance about this disease.

 

The disease of Covid 19 does not give a flying F where you live or who you vote for.

All it wants to do is kill people.

It relies on human stupidity to reproduce.

Honored Social Butterfly

Wouldn’t it be interesting to see numbers on how many trump “no masks” supporters have been infected, hospitalized, or have died. 
trump’s actions against masks, testing, and medical authorities, are sheer stupidity...there has not been even a whiff of wisdom shown by trump. 

Honored Social Butterfly

When the Pastor gets out of the hospital, do you think he'll wear a mask?

 

Trump has turned a health issue, a national pandemic, into a political issue. Wearing a mask is a health rule and is no different than speed limits or double yellow lines requiring you to drive on the right side of the road. Wearing a mask is not a Constitutional issue.

Esteemed Social Butterfly

The pastor and his congregation prayed against a mask mandate.

 

And now his wife is "praying for a miracle".  

 

So shall fools suffer.

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