Jentezen Franklin has tested positive for Covid-19 after days after Franklin he attended a Christmas party at the White House in the United States of America.
The pastor posted photos and videos of himself and his daughter posing with Christmas decorations and a portrait of former President Ronald Reagan at a party inside the White House but while some of folks in the photo were wearing masks pastor Franklin was not.
Free Chapel spokesperson said the pastor Franklin’s illness had no connection to the White House event but many observers disagree. Observers also criticised his behaviour of disobeying Covid-19 regulations by not wearing a mask.
The spokesperson said pastor Franklin had come in contact with the virus at least two days after the party
Another prominent pastor and the unofficial evangelical adviser to President Donald Trump have also tested positive for COVID-19.
Free Chapel Pastor Javon Ruff announced Franklin’s disclose Pastor Franklin’s ‘positiveness’ during services Sunday (Dec. 20) at the Atlanta-area megachurch but allayed fears that the pastor known for annual 21 days fasting is well and doing great.
The day pastor Franklin visited the White House is not officially known but he posted photos and videos of the event Tuesday on Instagram. He was said to have also been exposed to an associate of the congregation in the (Atlanta area) on Thursday, who turned out to be infected.
His symptoms have been mild and he has been self-isolating and “abiding by all relevant CDC guidelines” in consultation with his doctor.
Experts say symptoms can appear between two and 14 days after exposure to the virus.
He has also attended a White House Rose Garden ceremony this summer, after which several attendees were diagnosed with COVID-19. Some of them were University of Notre Dame President the Rev. John I. Jenkins, Harvest Christian Fellowship Pastor Greg Laurie and President Trump but pastor Franklin tested negative after the event.