Man Who Would Never Cause Harm Causes Harm

In California, a Butte County pastor who defied public health officials and held an in-person Mother’s Day service that potentially exposed one hundred and eighty congregants to the coronavirus has spoken out about his decision on social media.

In a Facebook post on Friday, pastor Mike Jacobsen of Palermo Bible Family Church said that an asymptomatic congregant who attended the eleventh of May service woke up the next morning “needing medical attention” and was tested for the coronavirus that day. The congregant received positive test results for COVID-19 two days later.

Jacobsen, who with his wife has led the pentecostal church since 2008, said in the post that he would “never with knowledge put anyone in harm's way.”

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