Second church outbreak announced in Taylor County

TAYLOR COUNTY—Officials from the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department have reported that there has been another small outbreak in a church setting.

 According to Threat Preparedness Coordinator Shawn Thorn, three individuals from a West Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church have tested positive for Coronavirus. The patients are in their 20s, 50s and 60s and are in quarantine at their homes.

 During the time of the suspected contamination, there were approximately 30 people in attendance at the service, and those individuals have been contacted by health officials. They are currently quarantining at home, and some have already undergone testing.

 “We have reached out to the pastor of the church, and they have closed the building down for 14 days to do a deep cleaning,” said Thorn.

 According to Thorn, members of the congregation were following the guidelines set forth for church goers.

 “The church was utilizing every other pew and families were distancing,” he reported. “They were wearing masks, but it was revealed that once families were sitting together, sometimes they would remove their masks.”

 Thorn said that this current outbreak should serve as a reminder to individuals to utilize a virtual church service option, even possible.

 “Our most high-risk populations are attending church services, and we must do what we can to keep them safe,” he voiced.

 The health department is continuing to monitor the situation, and should more congregation members test positive, Epidemiological investigation to include contact tracing will be conducted to ensure all individuals with known interaction are contacted and tested.

 With this news, the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department has confirmed Taylor County’s thirty-sixth positive case of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) involving a Taylor County resident.

 If you think that you may have come in contact with a COVID positive person or you are experiencing any symptoms, please call Grafton City Hospital at 304-265-0400 to schedule a time for testing.