WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- After celebrating Mother’s Day church service, at least 180 churchgoers are to be quarantined after possible coronavirus exposure.
- Butte County health officials refused to name the congregation but said the department is already conducting contact tracing on all who attended.
- The health department intends to have all individuals concerned to be tested after one of the churchgoers was tested positive with coronavirus.
After the celebration of Mother’s Day in a church in California, nearly 200 people are put under quarantine following a probable contact to coronavirus during the gathering.
Health officials confirmed on Friday that more than 24 hours after attending the undisclosed Butte County church last Sunday, one of the participants was tested positive for COVID-19.
While the state of California implements a strict policy about crowd gatherings, it was reported that around 180 people were in attendance during the church 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,” Danette York, county public health director, said in a statement.
York reminded the public that all residents must cooperate with the coronavirus measures being implemented so its plans to reopen the Butte County can be achieved soon. Forwarding too fast can hinder the reopening goals, and missteps can cause a significant obstruction that could lead to more strict responses.
The health director added the county would not name the church where the state’s mandate was violated but note that authorities are on the process of tracing and getting in touch with everyone who attended the gathering to have them tested for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, a federal judge determined this month that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order prohibiting church gatherings amidst the health crisis was constitutional, and it did not infringe on its citizen’s rights to assemble and celebrate faith.
“During public health crises, new considerations come to bear, and government officials must ask whether even fundamental rights must give way to a deeper need to control the spread of infectious disease and protect the lives of society’s most vulnerable,” Judge John Mendez wrote in his ruling, the Los Angeles Times reported.
As per the latest report by the department of health, there are no less than 76,000 Californians are infected with coronavirus, and over 3,200 deaths confirmed linked to the disease.