Kentucky pastor who said he’d sue Gov. Beshear to lift restrictions — 17 members of congregation now have COVID-19

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The church whose pastor, Jeff Fugate, joined Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron in threatening to sue Gov. Andy Beshear in April if the governor didn’t rescind an executive order preventing churches from holding in-person services has had a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Clays Mills Baptist Church, just outside of Nicholasville in Jessamine County, has had 17 parishioners test positive for the virus. The ages of those infected range from children to the elderly, according to the Herald-Leader, the first news outlet to report the story.

He resumed in-person services on May 10.

On May 26,  Jessamine County Health Department told him three members of the congregation had tested positive for COVID-19.

At least two of the people who’ve tested positive are in Fugate’s family.


Pastor Jeff Fugate, who’s led the church for nearly 30 years, said on Friday by phone that he felt “terrible” about the outbreak. “I care more about the health of my people than anyone,” he said.

Over the last few weeks, he’s wondered what he could’ve done differently. But ultimately, Fugate said, “I don’t know of anything we could’ve done differently. I don’t. That’s why I just feel so bad.”

Herald Leader also WKYT

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