In Northern California, more than 180 people who attended the religious service on Mother’s Day were exposed to the deadly coronavirus after the person who attended that event tested positive for the COVID-19. Butte County Public Health said that the infected person received his positive test report after the next of this religious service and is now isolated in the home.
In a statement, the director of Butte County Public Health, Danette York said that right now, all those organizations that are arranging such gatherings or services are somehow adding to the safety and health risk of all the congregations as well as the general public.
She added that every one of us needs to his or her play our part and adopt the standard precautionary measures so that these plans could move ahead.
The public health officials said that the church in Butte County, north of Sacramento, decided to proceed with these gatherings, despite orders banning gatherings of any size. The government has banned and disallowed all gatherings of any size by giving ‘Stay at Homes’ orders in California. Butte County is among more than 20 counties of California that have been approved to advance to Stage 2 of the reopening plan of the state. The Stage 2 reopening plan for Butte County does not give the authority for allowing the large gatherings. Those might be considered later on as authorities move toward a Stage 3 reopening.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there were 78,725 cases of the novel coronavirus in California with nearly 3,208 deaths. Health officials said that in spite of the order, the organization chose to open the doors for the religious service on Mother’s day which caused all these people to get exposed to the virus.
The choice of the religious congregation came at the cost of many hours and also a financial burden for an effective response towards stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus. People who attended the service last weekend have been notified of their exposure to the novel coronavirus and instructed by BCPH to quarantine themselves. Authorities are now working on testing for all those who attended that service.
Such decisions can put the county at great risk and can question the ability of the county to proceed with an opening at a more active rate than recommended. Many infected coronavirus patients experience cough and fever for more than three weeks. People with existing health issues and older adults can face a severe problem, including pneumonia, and even death. The vast majority recover.
This recent incident highlights the continuous tug-of-war between some religious organizations and authorities as they work to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. Some religious congregations around the country have kept on meeting, paying little heed to stay-at-home orders however some states had canceled religious gatherings. Disagreements over whether religious groups should be permitted to meet in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic have prompted several legal confrontations between religious leaders and public officials, who have communicated concerns that religious services could exacerbate the issue.