A Virginia evangelical pastor has died after contracting the CCP virus, weeks after holding a packed service in his Richmond church.
Bishop Gerald O. Glenn, 66, founder and pastor of the New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Chesterfield, died on April 11, the church announced on Easter Sunday.
"He has diverticulitis, so it's not uncommon for him to get fevers or you know virus or sinus infection,” she said.
His health quickly deteriorated despite receiving medical care in hospital. He soon struggled with his breathing and was put on a ventilator, Crawley said.
Before Glenn was diagnosed with the CCP virus, he held a congregation at the New Deliverance Evangelistic Church on March 22, where he told attendees: “I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus.”
The following day, the state banned gatherings of 10 people or more; however, guidelines to practice social distancing had been issued before the ban.
“It’s been very hard to go through something like this with the isolation on top of it,” his wife told the news outlet, describing Glenn as a “loving, compassionate, fair man.”
“He just loved people,” she continued. “I believe the Lord gave him that kind of love.”
Crawley is now urging everyone to stay at home.
“It becomes very real to you,” she told WTVR. “I just beg people to understand the severity and the seriousness of this, because people are saying it’s not just about us, it’s about everyone around us.”
More than 23,000 people have died from COVID-19 disease in the United States, and more than 577,000 U.S. residents have tested positive for the CCP virus that causes COVID-19 disease as of Monday afternoon.
Plans for Glenn’s funeral "in the season of social distancing” will be published sometime this week, church elders said.