Mother’s Day worker exposes 180 people to coronavirus


After someone who attended an in-person religious service on mother’s day tested positive for coronavirus infection, Butte County public health officials issued a strong warning to residents not to not speed up the process too quickly.

The person received their positive test results the day after the service, which had more than 180 participants, officials said in a statement on Friday.

Gatherings of any size are prohibited, even in counties which reopen faster than the rest of California. But the organization that organized the service chose to open its doors despite the rules, exposing the entire congregation to the coronavirus, officials said.

“This decision has a cost of several hours and a financial burden to respond effectively to slowing or halting the spread of COVID-19,” the statement said, noting that health officials are working to inform all who attended the service and instruct them. to self-quarantine. The county health department is also working with health care partners to get tests for all participants, officials said.

“Right now, organizations that organize in-person services or rallies are jeopardizing the health and safety of their congregations, the general public, and our local ability to open up,” said Danette York, director of health. county government in a statement urging residents to follow home stay orders.

“Advancing too quickly in the reopening process can cause a major setback and could force us to revert to more restrictive measures,” said York.

Butte County is one of 19 counties that has certified to the state that it qualifies for the reopening of additional businesses.

The vast majority of religious institutions have complied with the state’s home stay order. But some churches have challenged it and, in some cases, have celebrated services.

Earlier this month, a federal judge ruled that California’s governor Gavin Newsom had the right to ban church assemblies in the interest of public health during the coronavirus epidemic.

Newsom’s house arrest order did not violate constitutional rights to freedom of assembly and religion when the Cross Culture Christian Center at Lodi was sentenced to cease to hold services, judge John Mendez ruled in Sacramento.


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