DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky (WEHT)- A Hopkins County church believed to be the one Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear called out for spreading the coronavirus has now retained a law firm.
Friday the attorneys for the Star of Bethlehem Church in Dawson Springs sent an email to Eyewitness News disputing the Hopkins County Health Department information the governor read in his news conference Wednesday.
They say the church has been subjected to unjust criticism and harassment.
“And I’m going to recommend that our churches across Kentucky cancel their services for this weekend,” Andy Beshear said on March 11th during his daily briefing that he wanted churches to close their doors for that weekend’s services.
But now, less than a month later, a Western Kentucky church is under scrutiny for not following his recommendation.
“I’m going to read and it’s slightly edited, some information from the Hopkins County Health Department,” he continues on to explain this unidentified church in Dawson Springs had a pastor from Texas come up for a revival.
“When he left multiple families were sick church placed a post on social media that those people did not have the corona they just had the flu,” Beshear says.
Now, days after the governor’s address, the church in question has spoken through lawyers and they’ve issued a statement. The statement explains the church did have service is planned for March 15th, 16th, and 17th. They did have those first two days of service. On March 16th, restaurants in Hopkins County were ordered to close and the church decided to and cancel that last day of service.
The church’s attorneys say the governor made his announcement based off an inaccurate report from the health department.
That statement continues on to say that on March 12th the judge-executive did not declare a state of emergency because he didn’t want to cause a panic in the community by declaring a state of emergency then.
Claims about asking members to still come to service were also mentioned by beshear.
“According to several people interviewed and they were encouraged not to self-quarantine and still come to church,” Beshear says,
But the lawyers say that’s false. Information on what the church is doing to protect themselves and any possible action they may take was not included.
We reached out to the attorney who sent the statement and the Hopkins County Health Department. Neither has gotten back to us.
(This story was originally published on April 4, 2020)