3 more people dead from NC Church COVID-19 outbreak

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Source: Jerry Smith, Staff / Jerry Smith, Staff

Three more people have died as a result of a COVID-19 outbreak linked to a Charlotte, North Carolina church, according to a report by health officials on Thursday.

The Charlotte Observer reports a total of 12 people have died from the outbreak tied to a 1,000-person gathering in October at the United House of Prayer for All People.

North Carolina health officials said 10 residents of Mecklenburg County, and two of Gaston County have died from the virus.

In addition, Mecklenburg County Health Department said there has been a related outbreak at a nearby nursing home where two residents have died, and 19 cases have been discovered due to contact tracing.

United House of Prayer was shut down after at least 121 people tested positive for COVID-19, along with three deaths were reported on Oct. 24.

County Health Director Gibbie Harris issued the order, an abatement of an imminent hazard, preventing the church from opening. She launched investigation and later concluded the outbreak had not ceased and reiterated that attempts to communicate with church leaders failed.

As of Nov. 19, public health officials say 213 cases of COVID-19 were traced to those attending the church event, along with close to 300 having close contact to those infected.