Dothan churches prepare in case of second COVID-19 wave

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Alabama Department of Health reported numbers Tuesday showing COVID-19 hospitalizations had risen above 1000 for the first time since August.

With that information, churches in Dothan are prepared just in case of a spike in Dothan.

“We most likely would maintain the guidelines that are already in place from our session, and that could change, you know,” said Steven Salter, First Presbyterian Church executive director. “Every scenario I guess that presents itself is worth looking at and inspecting and seeing if we need to make any little changes.”

First Presbyterian has more information about their guidelines on their website and Facebook.

Covenant United Methodist Church said they will probably go to online only.

“Right now, we’re taking every situation case by case, and we quarantine as necessary,” Covenant United Methodist Church Administrator Patrick Heldman said. “So if we do have a massive surge in the numbers, and it affects our congregation and our personnel, then yes we would look at going strictly online only.”

With online, Covenant would still have worship music, and Patrick said they have a plan for them to be safe as well.

“We would do it live on Sunday mornings and distant our people on stage and in the choir loft which we have plenty of room for that in both of our worship locations,” Heldman said.

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