CHARLOTTE (AP) — Well being officers on Friday eased a shutdown of a North Carolina church the place a COVID-19 outbreak stemming from a week-long occasion led to 181 instances and 6 deaths.
Mecklenburg County well being officers introduced the choice on the identical day 35 new COVID-19 instances and one further fatality have been reported from the outbreak at The United Home of Prayer for All Folks, The Charlotte Observer reported. The church was prohibited final weekend from holding in-person gatherings at its buildings after convocation occasions earlier this month resulted within the outbreak.
County officers have stated church leaders initially didn’t adjust to public well being protocols and refused to assist contact tracers establish who attended church occasions, which saved investigators from probably containing viral unfold.
On Friday, of their first public feedback for the reason that outbreak, church leaders praised the county’s resolution in an announcement and stated they have been “excited and grateful to have the option worship the Lord and accomplish that collectively.”
The modified order, efficient instantly, permits almost a dozen Home of Prayer areas in Mecklenburg County to reopen with capability limits. Church leaders stated they are going to hold the flagship location closed till Nov. 5.