Coronavirus outbreak strikes defiant Sun Valley megachurch that held indoor services despite public health orders

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People head to Sunday service at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley on Sept. 13, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

People head to Sunday service at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley on Sept. 13, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

An evangelical megachurch in Los Angeles that has defied L.A. County public health orders and held indoor worship services for the last several weeks has been struck with an outbreak of the coronavirus, public health officials confirmed Thursday.

Grace Community Church in Sun Valley has seen three confirmed cases, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Public health officials are investigating the outbreak and said they will work closely with the church to help limit transmission of the coronavirus in the church, which has an estimated attendance of 7,000. The county did not provide any further details about whether the cases were confirmed among staff or worshipers. Attorneys for Grace Community Church did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The conservative megachurch announced in late July that it would restart indoor services — despite a county public health order barring any house of worship from doing so. Thousands of people have attended services, with most not wearing face coverings as they sit side by side indoors, or close together outside under a tent, according to public health officials.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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