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Georgia student pastor works with Maryland COVID-19 patients

LAUREL, Md. (BP) -- It's a Wednesday like many others of late. Chris Codding logs onto Zoom and chats with teens he leads as a volunteer student pastor at Cassville Baptist Church. He brings a devotional. They talk about what they've been doing and share prayer requests. After leaving the meeting just before 7 p.m., Codding gets ready for the next part of his evening. Surrounded by old X-ray copies in an otherwise empty storage room at Laurel Medical Center, he puts on the N95 mask that had been hanging around his neck. He secures his surgical gown and puts on a pair of gloves, then another pair on top of those. A second surgical mask goes over his N95 so he doesn't have to change it so often. A cap goes over his hair. Then comes a pair of goggles, followed by a face shield.