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California mega-church found itself at the center of a coronavirus epidemic after public health officials linked it to 71 cases, although church leaders were unjustly blamed for not taking measures to stop the spread among church members.

County health officials have placed the Bethany Slav Missionary Church, a Pentecostal place of worship in a suburb of Sacramento, at the heart of one of the country’s largest outbreak groups. The church is said to be the largest Slavic congregation in the United States, with 3,500 members and total participation in some services of up to 10,000.

The county public health director said that a third of the coronavirus cases in Sacramento county were linked to places of worship. Health officials on Thursday counted 350 cases in the county, with 10 deaths.

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