Vice President Pence is advising Americans to keep praying and donating during the coronavirus pandemic, especially as many churches have been forced to close their doors.
The Christian Post reports Pence said the American people and especially Christians ought to respond to the ongoing outbreak with “common sense, compassion and generosity.”
“Making the hard choice to suspend services, to have online services, even while those ministries are continuing to support food banks and come alongside the most vulnerable,” Pence said, speaking of the importance to continue supporting churches.
“And of course the chorus of prayers that is coming up from communities of faith around the country is making the difference that it always has in the life of this nation,” he added.
The vice president then said: “all the ministries are continuing to play a vital role in our communities and we encourage your continued support.”
The chorus of prayers coming up from communities across the Country is making the difference it always has in the life of this Nation. Though churches are not meeting in person, we urge Americans still donate to ministries as they play a vital role in communities everywhere. pic.twitter.com/4iznDCCjE4
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) March 21, 2020
Pence and his wife Karen were both tested for the coronavirus in recent days amid concerns a member of his staff had tested positive. Both of them tested negative according to the vice president’s press secretary Katie Miller, the Hill reports.
“Pleased to report that the COVID-19 test results came back negative for both Vice President @Mike_Pence and Second Lady @KarenPence,” she tweeted on Saturday evening.
— Katie Miller (@VPPressSec) March 22, 2020
The Hill adds:
Pence said earlier Saturday that he and the second lady would be tested for the coronavirus after a member of the vice president’s staff tested positive for COVID-19.
The person did not have direct contact with either President Trump or Mike Pence, the vice president said. However, Pence did report that his staffer is “doing well” and added that he was experiencing mild symptoms.
The news also comes one week after Trump took a test himself following persistent questions from the media about why he hadn’t been screened for the coronavirus.
The White House announced following the media appeals that the president had tested negative for the virus.