Pastor and Colorado Congressional Candidate Who Was Hospitalized 3 Times Before Being Found Positive for Coronavirus Criticizes Access to Testing

New Covenant Alpha and Omega’s Pastor Terrence Hughes preaches into the mic. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Terrance Hughes, co-pastor of New Covenant Christian Church / Alpha Omega Ministries Disciples of Christ who is also a candidate for Colorado House District 7, revealed he is now infected with the new coronavirus after being hospitalized three times before he was given a test for it.

Hughes made the statement on his Facebook page Sunday, criticizing the limited access to testing for the virus in the U.S. which reports say has resulted in delays in the nation’s response to the pandemic.

“I have been diagnosed with the Covid19 virus. Making this announcement was not easy. I wanted to both be honest with those who have come into contact with me and also keep family safe and protected,” Hughes began in his statement in which he revealed he had made a commitment to being transparent about his illness.

“Earlier this week, I was hospitalized for pneumonia and I am doing a bit better each day. I was tested and diagnosed with COVID 19 because of this ongoing illness not because I suspected that I was exposed. Rachel has been tested as well but we do not yet have her results and she remains self-isolated,” he said of his wife.

The number of coronavirus infections diagnosed in the U.S. has been inching up rapidly in recent days with more than 5,200 as of Tuesday afternoon. And while the number of people recovering from the virus remains at 17, the number of people who have died as a result of the virus has slowly increased to 92.

Hughes, who is a veteran, said while there is much that is being done in the U.S. to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, access to testing should be improved.

“For several days now, I have been restless in a quarantined hospital room and have had an opportunity to think and be grateful that I have healthcare and that I was able to be diagnosed and treated. While there is much being done, I can’t help but think this virus going to hit some neighborhoods and neighbors worse than others and the idea of health equity is going to be tested in the coming weeks,” Hughes said.

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Source: Baptist Press