As cities and states all over the country begin to reopen, many are concerned about the ramifications of increased public gatherings that will result from relaxed stay-home orders.
An individual who learned after the fact that they were coronavirus-positive attended a Mother’s Day church service in California, reports CNN.
The person exposed over 180 other people who were in attendance at the service, according to local health officials.
The infected person received a positive diagnosis for the virus one day after the service, according to a Friday statement from Butte County Public Health. The individual is currently in isolation at home.
The other attendees were notified of the exposure and instructed to quarantine, the statement said.
Local officials are working with healthcare partners to secure testing for all of the individuals present at the service.
“At this time, organizations that hold in-person services or gatherings are putting the health and safety of their congregations, the general public and our local ability to open up at great risk,” stated Danette York, Director of Butte County Public Health.
“We all need to do our part to follow the orders and mitigation efforts so that our Reopen Butte County plan can continue to move forward. Moving too quickly through the reopening process can cause a major setback and could require us to revert back to more restrictive measures. We implore everyone to follow the State order and our reopening plan to help combat the potential spread of COVID-19,” York continued.
Buffe County Public Health did not identify the religious organization by name.
California has more than 80,100 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday afternoon, according to data reported by Johns Hopkins University, with more than 3,200 deaths related to the virus.
While some restrictions across the state have been lifted under Gov. Gavin Newsom's direction, in-person religious services are categorized as "Higher Risk Workplaces" set to open in the third stage of the governor's phased reopening.
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