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Bethel leader addresses coronavirus outbreak at ministry school

A top Bethel leader is addressing the coronavirus outbreak within its school.

Posted: Oct 16, 2020 6:33 PM

REDDING, Calif. – A top Bethel leader is addressing the coronavirus outbreak within its school.

Bethel leader Kris Vallotton wanted to set the record straight, so he took to Facebook.

“I just want to kind of dispel the idea that students came from all over the world, which they did, and they brought the virus and infected our city,” said Kris Vallotton. “That actually did not happen.”

Vallotton explains that students needed to get tested before coming to campus. He also adds students are required to wear masks while at school.

“All of our students wear masks all day long in all of their groups,” said Vallotton.

“They were handling it very well, they were trying to get everybody tested,” one person tells Action News Now.

In the video, Vallotton also addresses that video posted by Beni Johnson, another Bethel leader.

“She's speaking as an individual, she's not speaking for bethel church,” said Vallotton.

“She's not on the Bethel Church website speaking about how mask don't work. She's speaking on her own Instagram page.”

On Friday, Johnson made a statement on social media regarding the video that surfaced. In her statement, she states “We have all lost people that we know and love. And by no means do I want to make light of that. So for that I do apologize."

But some still remain disappointed about the video that surfaced.

“I was hoping that all the leaders were all on the same page,” said one person. “The mask for me is an honoring thing.”

Bethel also said in a statement that “It believes in a diversity of opinion and thought, and chooses to come together as a leadership team, lay its personal opinion aside, and make the best decisions for its church, school, and community.”

Shasta County Public Health says it has not seen an outbreak within the church community.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3213222

Reported Deaths: 37543
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Los Angeles107967215314
San Bernardino2660281678
Riverside2643632857
Orange2377082704
San Diego2286322375
Santa Clara985831264
Kern90564591
Fresno858081067
Sacramento841101185
Alameda70823896
Ventura66402525
San Joaquin59665835
Contra Costa55245489
Stanislaus49065796
Tulare43574542
Monterey37527259
San Mateo34294340
San Francisco30559293
Santa Barbara27149267
Solano27041115
Imperial25707510
Merced25575331
Sonoma25141251
Kings20138161
Placer17839188
San Luis Obispo16957158
Madera14000151
Santa Cruz13009135
Marin12024165
Yolo11210138
Shasta10054129
Butte9820136
El Dorado818462
Sutter806983
Napa800548
Lassen526916
San Benito522351
Yuba517630
Tehama446846
Tuolumne347740
Nevada335574
Mendocino329336
Amador306733
Lake272432
Humboldt262427
Glenn202622
Colusa18719
Calaveras170423
Siskiyou149913
Mono11454
Inyo105129
Del Norte8742
Plumas6135
Modoc3903
Mariposa3555
Trinity3065
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