Worshipers at Lewis County church may have been exposed to COVID-19

WWNY Worshipers at Lewis County church may have been exposed to COVID-19

TOWN OF NEW BREMEN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Worshipers at a town of New Bremen church may have been exposed to COVID-19.

The Lewis County Public Health Agency wants to hear from people who attended a religious gathering at the Apostolic Christian Church at 9029 Route 812 on Sunday, October 11.

If you were at the church on that day, you’re asked to call 315-376-5108.

Due to the anticipated volume of calls, an auto recording will direct you to leave a voicemail with your name and phone number. Public Health will then follow-up with you as soon as possible.

During a news conference Wednesday, officials said 6 people who were at the church on that day have tested positive for the coronavirus and another 9 are showing symptoms and are awaiting test results.

In terms of contact tracing, there are 72 people in all that public health has had to talk to so far.

Officials said there were people from out of state who attended the religious service at the church. According to officials, the people traveled to the region from states on New York’s travel advisory list and broke state rules by not quarantining for 2 weeks. It’s unclear if any of the out of state visitors were COVID-positive.

In addition, officials said people at the church were not all wearing masks or practicing social distancing.

“When we gather, we fail to observe social distancing and we fail to enforce limits on building capacity, we are going to have problems with the virus,” said Lewis County Manager Ryan Piche.

According to officials, the state is sending rapid testing kits to the county.

“I explained our situation and within a half hour of that phone call, there was a commitment of several hundred Abbott quick or rapid test kits. They’re on their way to Lewis County Health System," said Jerry Cayer, Lewis County Health System CEO.

For additional information on COVID-19, visit lewiscountypublichealth.com or call 315-376-5453.

If you have COVID-19 related questions or are showing symptoms of COVID-19, you’re asked to call the Lewis County

Health System COVID-19 Resource Line at 315-376-9678.

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