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Pastor recovers from COVID-19, urges people to not let down their guard

 Pastor Larry Camel survived a rough bout with coronavirus and warns others not to let down their guard against the illness.
Pastor Larry Camel survived a rough bout with coronavirus and warns others not to let down their guard against the illness. (WJRT)
Published: Jun. 23, 2020 at 5:06 PM EDT
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(6/23/2020) - A well-known pastor in Saginaw battled COVID-19 and survived.

Now, he wants people to know that even though coronavirus cases have been declining a bit in the state, this isn't the time to let our guard down.

"COVID is nothing to play with, its a very serious virus," said Pastor Larry Camel.

He said his wife, Shirley, was diagnosed with COVID-19 in April. He then started a 14-day quarantine.

"On the 10th day is when those symptoms kicked in," Camel said.

He had a sore throat, fever, loss of taste -- some of the typical symptoms for coronavirus -- so his daughters took him to Covenant HealthCare.

"They admitted me to ICU and I spent two weeks in ICU," Camel said.

The co-founder of Parishioners on Patrol tested positive for coronavirus and was also diagnosed with pneumonia. He recovered and so did his wife, but he admits it was a bit scary.

Camel worried that he may not survive the virus.

"Oh yeah, but you have to remember I am a pastor and a bishop. My faith in God is always strong and I believe that he was going to deliver me and my wife, because I have a purpose here in Saginaw," he siad.

The purpose in part is to tell anyone who will listen that we should remain vigilant in trying to avoid getting coronavirus.

"The barber wouldn't wear a mask. I told him if you don't wear a mask, I can't get my haircut from you, I can't take that chance," Camel said.

He has started outside services at his church, New Birth Missionary Baptist Cathedral in Saginaw, but it's all done with social distancing and masks.

"You have to be on guard, even in the grocery store, keep your distance, keep your mask on," Camel said.

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