One Man With Coronavirus Attending Church Service in Ohio Leads to Infection of 91 Other People

Orthodox faithful respect social distancing as they attend the first service open for believers following the easing of measures against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Athens, Greece, May 17, 2020. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

A 56-year-old man with the coronavirus attending a single church service in Ohio led to the infection’s spread to at least 91 other people across five counties.

Gov. Mike DeWine posted a graphic to his Facebook page Wednesday detailing how the virus spread over a three-week period from the date of the church service on June 14 to July 4.

“It spread like wildfire,” the governor said at a news conference Tuesday where the graphic was displayed. “Very, very scary.”

DeWine noted on his Facebook page, “All it takes is one person to cause tremendous #COVID19 spread.”

He wrote that while this case of community transmission stems from an Ohio church, “it can happen anywhere. I continue to encourage everyone to wear masks and social distance whenever you gather — including at worship services.”

On Thursday, DeWine’s office disclosed in a statement that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Republican governor took a test Thursday as part of standard protocol before meeting President Donald Trump at an airport in Cleveland, the statement said. His office said DeWine was asymptomatic and that he and his wife were returning to Columbus where they would both be tested. DeWine “plans to follow protocol and quarantine at his home in Cedarville for 14 days,” the statement said.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Janelle Griffith