Seven Members of North Carolina Church Test Positive for Coronavirus

Officials have identified a COVID-19 cluster of positive cases in a Franklin church.

On May 24, Macon County Public Health reported seven members of Evangelical Ebenezer’s congregation have tested positive for COVID-19.

The health department defines a ‘cluster’ of COVID-19 cases in workplace, educational, and other community settings as:

  • A minimum of five cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period AND
  • Plausible linkage between cases

Officials say all members of the congregation are aware of their exposure and are currently being contacted for testing.

“Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19; however, anyone of any age can become infected with this illness,” the health department said in an online release. “Therefore, we ask that community members strictly follow the governor’s orders and continue to practice social distancing, as well as safe hygiene measures such as hand washing and frequently cleaning touched objects and surfaces.”

Macon County’s current COVID-19 cases, as of May 24, includes 16 total, with 13 deemed ‘active’ and 2 ‘recovered.’ One individual has died from complications due to COVID-19 in Macon County.

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SOURCE: WLOS13