A member of a Georgia church where at least two people were infected with coronavirus has died from the disease.
Elizabeth Wells died Wednesday due to complications caused by COVID-19, Floyd County coroner Gene Proctor told McClatchy News.
The Church at Liberty Square’s choir posted on Facebook, informing parishioners that their fellow worshiper had passed.
“Brothers and sisters, I come to you tonight with terrible news. I’m so sorry to tell you that our dear sister Beth didn’t make it. She went home to be with the Lord today. … Let’s remember her family in prayer. Love to all of you,” the post said.
The senior pastor at Church at Liberty Square wrote a letter to church members on March 13, cautioning them about coronavirus after worshipers tested positive for COVID-19. The church has since been holding services online.
Members had been tracking Wells’ progress for days on Facebook, and many expressed sympathy and grief.
“So Sorry to hear we have lost a precious Church Family member! Prayers for all my Liberty Square Family,” one member said.
“Beth will be so missed. She was so thoughtful and always tried to make you smile,” another said. Recalling a song Wells had written about first responders, “she’d sing it to me and we always talked about her coming to our 911 Center to sing it to everyone. Praying for her family’s loss and our loss.”
“So sad. Still praying for everyone. God is in control and has a plan,” another posted.
Church-goers are still testing positive for COVID-19, with the Facebook page posting as recently as Tuesday that another member is infected and quarantined at home.
As of Thursday, coronavirus had killed 10 people in Georgia and infected 287, according to the state Department of Public Health.