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Clark church has COVID outbreak

A COVID-19 cluster outbreak has been associated with a local church.

Clark County Public Health Director Becky Kissick issued an advisory Friday informing the media that an outbreak had been identified among people who attended a church camp in Marysville, Ohio, and subsequent worship services among the local congregation.

In the press release, the church was identified as Pilgrim Holiness Church in Winchester.

“Please be advised that if you attended services at this location July 19th to the present, you may have been exposed,” she said.

She urged members who attended those services to self-monitor for symptoms associated with COVID-19 such as fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting and a new loss of taste or smell.

“I want to strongly encourage all community members to follow the guidelines set forth by public health, especially when attending church services,” Kissick said. “Please practice social distancing, wear a mask, use every other pew, wash hands and sanitize surfaces frequently.”

“We must all do our part to stop the spread and protect the most vulnerable in our community,” she said.

Last week, Gov. Andy Beshear asked the Kentucky Council of Churches to not hold in-person worship service for the next two weeks because of rising numbers of COVID cases. Churches were allowed to reopen in May with social distancing and other guidelines.