Westgate Chapel shuts down after congregant tests positive for COVID-19

Westgate Chapel, courtesy of Google maps.

Edmonds’ Westgate Chapel has closed all of its facilities after a male congregant tested positive for COVID-19.

Pastor Ron Brooks confirmed Wednesday that all church-related operations — including ministries, activities, meetings and its local food pantry — would close “for two weeks — after which we’ll reassess.”

The church is located in the 22900 block of Edmonds Way.

The news was first relayed in an email from Brooks to church members Tuesday evening, March 10. The message stated that an “older male congregant” had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and was currently hospitalized and under quarantine. As a result, the church board decided to suspend all Westgate services and activities beginning March 11 and continue through March 22.

On March 23, board members and staff will decide next steps, “mindful of the need to keep the Westgate Chapel community of faith safe,” the email said.

Brooks said that the church will abide by Gov. Jay Inslee’s emergency proclamation prohibiting gatherings of 250 people or more.

One Reply to “Westgate Chapel shuts down after congregant tests positive for COVID-19”

  1. Wishing the church would be more forthcoming in details. No name required but would like to know which church events the “older male” attended the latter part of February/early March. There was a packed-house conference of pastors from all over the NW plus many many local parishioners the last week of February, when contagion probably was at its highest. There was also a breakfast held off-site and attended by at least 25 church men on February 29 at which there could have been close contact. Did the affected parishioner come to church, and if so which service, on March 1 or 8? Either of those days was he in the Pillars class where so many of our vulnerable elderly socialize? Too many unanswered questions….


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