Friday, April 23, 2021

Eureka Church Linked to Surge in COVID-19 Cases

Posted By on Fri, Apr 23, 2021 at 3:03 PM

Eureka the Pentecostal Church, the source of a recent surge in local COVID-19 cases, sent out a release today via Public Health urging anyone who was a recent guest at the Hoover Street location to get tested.

“Unfortunately, some of our church members have tested positive for COVID,” the church’s message states. “We had gone over an entire year with no outbreak at the church, but despite our best efforts, the virus was introduced to our congregation. Whether that was in a church service, or from outside gatherings amongst church congregants, many who are family, we do not know.”

The message also outlines the measures that have been taken in the wake of the outbreak, including shutting down church’s facilities and functions as well as working with Public Health, which set up a testing site at the church’s parking lot.

“We’re grateful for all they’re doing to protect each other and the community as a whole,” county Health Office Ian Hoffman said in a separate release.

Yesterday, Public Health reported the majority of recent cases have been linked to "a single outbreak associated with one or more super spreader events." There were 38 cases confirmed Thursday, making 110 to that date this week. That's up from 71 last week, which was double the week before that.

"We love our community and would like to thank all of the healthcare workers on the frontlines who are caring for those who are sick," the message concludes. "We would also like to thank the public health department for all of their guidance and continued efforts to keep our community healthy and safe."

Read the church’s message below:
Unfortunately, some of our church members have tested positive for Covid. We had gone over an entire year with no outbreak at the church, but despite our best efforts, the virus was introduced to our congregation. Whether that was in a church service, or from outside gatherings amongst church congregants, many who are family, we do not know. Upon hearing of sickness, we took the following measures: (1) We immediately shut down all church functions and facilities. (2) We have been working with public health officials to get important information about quarantine, isolation, and testing to those exposed. (3) We worked with public health to set up a testing site at the church parking lot. (4) We will continue to work with public health officials as this unfolds.

We have been in constant communication with our church members, but if you were a recent guest at the church, we encourage you to get tested in order to prevent any further spread.

We love our community and would like to thank all of the healthcare workers on the frontlines who are caring for those who are sick. We would also like to thank the public health department for all of their guidance and continued efforts to keep our community healthy and safe.

From Eureka the Pentecostal Church Administration 
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