Bethel Church pastor Tim Lewis was recently diagnosed as the second confirmed case of COVID-19 in Madison County. The announcement came on Saturday via the Madison County Health Department.
Lewis, who recently traveled on a mission trip to Ukraine was self-isolating as a precautionary measure. After being quarantined he noticed that he was beginning to show signs of coranovirus symptoms.
“During my self-quarantine, I began to feel some symptoms of COVID-19. I contacted my family physician and he referred me to the Madison County Health Department,” Lewis stated in a letter to his congregation.
After meeting the criteria for testing, Lewis was administered a test from St John’s Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.
The results then came in on Saturday, which confirmed he did in fact contract COVID-19.
He assured the general public that he has not been at the church, his office and has not met with any members of his staff.
Lewis has asked for prayers in his time of need as he battles this virus. He will remained quarantined until he has been cleared to resume normal activities.
“The Lord is with us, he provides and protects us,” he stated.
Upon speaking to Lewis, Troy Mayor Allan Adomite released a statement via Facebook informing the public of his recent diagnosis.
“We thought it was important for the community to read his note and understand that his test presents no further risk for the community,” Adomite said. “We wish Pastor Lewis a speedy recovery and urge the community to keep him their prayers.”