The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention found a coronavirus outbreak in a Waldo County church, possibly linked to a “fellowship rally” held by the congregation between October 2 and October 4.
Brooks Pentecostal Church, in Brooks, Maine, has at least 17 COVID-19 cases among its worshipers, the health agency said Saturday night.
Contact tracking continues, and the Maine CDC has asked potential contacts of infected people to cooperate.
“Close contacts can help limit the potential spread of the virus caused by COVID-19 by answering calls, providing complete information, and quarantining when advised to do so,”; the agency said. in a news release on Saturday.
The CDC advises anyone who spends time at church or affiliated school from October 2 to monitor the symptoms of COVID-19, which includes cough, fever, shortness of breath, fatigue and body aches, and more.
Anyone attending a congregation-sponsored fellowship rally between October 2 and October 4 can be exposed to the virus and should be careful, the CDC said.
Some of the church cases were recorded in newly reported cases on Saturday, the agency said, but not all. The CDC statewide case count on Sunday may also include some from Brooks Pentecostal.
The church website and social media pages did not display information about the outbreak on Sunday morning. Videos of the services posted on Facebook indicate that the church has been conducting personal worship since September, where a video was shown gathering at the banks, without masks.
A video posted on October 4 will appear to show a similar close, unmasked gathering.
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