A church revival that took place in mid-March has been linked to at least 28 cases of the novel coronavirus and two deaths in a small Kentucky community.
Hopkins County “has been hit really, really hard” by the event, Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday while addressing the revival.
“When people violate the rules and the recommendations that are out there … (this is) the significant harm it can cause,” said Beshear, whose family is connected to the county.
They brought in a preacher from Texas for this event. No social distancing was practiced. When several family members began getting sick, the church told everyone on social media that it was just the flu and not to self quarantine.
The end result:
Dozens of residents have since tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 100 have been placed in quarantine.
The cases have stretched from Hopkins County into Muhlenberg, Clark and Warren counties, with a nursing home, a business and an ambulance service all linked to the outbreak.
Two people — including a 77-year-old man — have died.
Of the confirmed cases in Hopkins County, the youngest is 23 and the oldest is 79, officials said.