The Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found an outbreak of coronavirus in a church in Waldo County, possibly related to a “scholarship rally” the congregation held between Oct. 2 and Oct. 4.
Brooks Pentecostal Church, in Brooks, Maine, has at least 17 cases of COVID-19 among its worshipers, the health agency said Saturday night.
Contact tracking is underway and the CDC in Maine has asked potential contacts of infected people to cooperate.
“Close contacts can help limit the potential spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 by answering calls, providing complete information and quarantining when advised to do so,”
The CDC advises anyone who has spent time at the church or associated school since Oct. 2 to watch for symptoms of COVID-19, which include cough, fever, shortness of breath, fatigue, and body aches, among others.
Anyone attending a scholarship rally hosted by the congregation between Oct. 2 and 4 could be exposed to the virus and must take precautions, the CDC said.
Some of the church’s cases were reported in new reported cases on Saturday, the agency said, but not all. The total number of CDC cases on Sunday may include some from Brooks Pentecostal.
The church’s website and social media pages did not show information about the outbreak on Sunday morning. Videos of services posted on Facebook show that the church has been conducting personal worship since at least September, when a video showed the congregation gathering tightly in benches without masks.
A video released on October 4 shows a similar close-up without masks.
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