A 56-year-old man carried the coronavirus during a church service in Ohio, USA, causing the infection to spread to at least 91 people in five counties.
Governor Mike DeWine posted a picture on his Facebook page on Wednesday detailing how the virus spread during the three weeks of church services held from June 14 to July 4.
The governor said at a press conference on Tuesday that this is spreading like wildfire. “Very, very scary.”
DeWine pointed out on his Facebook page: “It only takes one person to cause a huge spread of #COVID1
He wrote that although this type of community transmission case originated in Ohio churches, it can happen anywhere.
He wrote: “I continue to encourage everyone to wear masks and maintain social distancing during gatherings, including during worship services.”
On Thursday, DeWine’s office revealed in a statement that he tested positive for the coronavirus.
The statement said that the Republican governor was tested on Thursday as part of the standard agreement, and then met with President Donald Trump at an airport in Cleveland. His office said that DeWine has no symptoms and that he and his wife are returning to Columbus, where they will all be checked. The statement stated that DeWine “plans to conduct a 14-day agreement and quarantine at its home in Cedarville.”
The governor said that in the virus that spread from the church in June, all 91 other infected people showed symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. According to the picture shared by DeWine, 53 of them are serving in the same church as the 56-year-old aircraft carrier in Ohio County.
The graph shows that of the 53 viruses infected by the service center, 18 transmitted the virus to at least one other person. The man’s wife, a son and a daughter are also sick.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday, DeWine also provided other examples of the spread of the virus in groups of family and friends.
In one case, a son living in hospice with his father coughed and thought he had bronchitis. The family came to visit his father. The governor said that five family members later tested positive for the virus, including a nephew.
In addition, a man with COVID-19 symptoms attended his brother’s wedding and reception. Now, 15 people are sick, including the bride, groom and one of the grandfathers.
In another outbreak, a person who tested positive for the virus attended a bridal baptism, causing others to be infected. DeWine said: “There are now six confirmed cases and six families affected by this outbreak.”
He said on Twitter on Tuesday: “None of us want to stay away from our family. Of course, when you see your family, you naturally express love.” But he wrote that the virus is “lurking.” “Remember, you show love by protecting them.”
Rachel Feeley, a spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Health, declined to reveal the name of the church where the virus was spreading or other details. She said: “In order to protect private health information, we will not release more information about these examples to the public.”
Feeley said people who tested positive in these examples may be notified through normal contact tracing protocols.