Nearly 100 people contracted COVID-19 after an infected man went to church in Ohio, causing the virus to spread “like wildfire,” the state governor said.
Governor Mike DeWine said in a news conference on Tuesday that the worshiper attended a service in a secret church in mid-June, spreading the community to 91 others in five counties in the state.
“It spread like a wildfire, a running fire. Very scary, ”said DeWine.
“We know that our faith-based leaders want nothing more than to protect those who come to pray.”
This is because the state is struggling to control the pandemic, with infections rising to nearly 100,000 and more than 3,500 Ohioans killed by the virus to date.
Nearly 100 people received COVID-19 after an infected man went to church in Ohio, causing the virus to spread ‘like wildfire,’ Governor Mike DeWine said in a news conference on Tuesday (photo)
The community that spreads the coronavirus among churchgoers is traced to a 56-year-old man who attended a service in an Ohio county on June 14, DeWine said.
The man infected 53 people in the Church, 18 of whom then spread the virus to at least one other person.
A chart released by the state health service illustrated how the single man acted as a “ super spreader, ” leading to 53 confirmed primary cases, 33 secondary cases, and five third-level cases.
On July 4, at least 91 people tested positive for the virus, ranging from a one-year-old girl to a 67-year-old woman.
Those infected included the admirer’s wife and two children.
The severity of the conditions of the 91 infected people was not disclosed by the state.
DeWine urged people who attended church and worship services to follow coronavirus security measures and wear masks.
An image released by the state health department illustrating how the single man acted as a “ super spreader, ” leading to 53 confirmed primary cases, 33 secondary cases, and five third-level cases.
“Our religious beliefs are at the core of our great state and our country. We thank our faith-based leaders for everything they do to serve God and His people, ”he tweeted.
“However, it is vital that to control the spread of the virus that people gather, including for religious services, that everyone wear masks, take social distance, wash hands, and also indoors, and ensure proper ventilation and airflow. ”
The governor sends a letter to churches, synagogues, mosques, and members of the faith community to advise on ways to better protect worshipers.
DeWine also warned that several other clusters of affairs in the state can be traced to “informal gatherings” such as parties and weddings.
At a wedding outbreak, the groom’s brother showed COVID-19 symptoms, but still attended the day.
DeWine urged people who attended church and worship services to follow coronavirus security measures and wear masks. He issued a state-wide mask mandate last month
The man then infected 15 people, including the bride, groom and grandfather.
Another case involved a man who inadvertently spread the virus to at least eight family members when he assumed he had bronchitis and welcomed them into the house he shared with his dying father.
The man’s father was at home in a hospice, and relatives visited him the days before his death.
The son coughed but put it on bronchitis before unwittingly passing the coronavirus to five family members, including a second cousin.
The virus spread to another person when a party was held at the great-nephew’s house.
At least two others, including a child, have also tested positive for the virus and 17 other contacts are checked for illness.
DeWine also gave the example of a person who affected at least six infected and six households when they tested positive for the virus and attended a bridal shower.
DeWine warned residents that while “it is easier to fear a stranger than a friend,” the virus is “lurking” in communities.
“We should all remember that just because it’s your family or your friends, they can still carry the virus and not know it,” he tweeted.
“None of us want to stay away from our families, and it makes sense of course to show affection when you see them. But this virus is lurking. ‘
The state is struggling to control the pandemic, with infections reaching nearly 100,000 and more than 3,500 Ohioans killed by the virus so far
The number of cases continues to increase in the state, with 96,305 people testing positive for the deadly virus.
A total of 3,596 people died and the number of hospital admissions is 11,231.
The White House health consultant, Dr. Fauci, warned last week that Ohio was one of several states heading for a potential surge of positive cases and those “who are not yet in trouble are likely to get in trouble.”
“It’s very important to be ahead of the game, because what we’re seeing now is what happened a few weeks ago, and what we’re going to see in a few weeks is what we’re doing now,” he warned.
DeWine eventually bowed to pressure and issued a state-wide mask mandate for people ages 10 and older on July 22.
This was expanded on Wednesday with children in schools.