Officials: 2 church services sources of virus outbreaks

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Posted at 11:28 AM, May 25, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As Gov. Gavin Newsom prepares to release plans for how religious institutions can reopen in California during the coronavirus pandemic, health officials say two church services that were held without authorization have been sources of outbreaks.

Mendocino County public health officials say six more people who participated in a Mother's Day service at Assembly of God Church in Redwood Valley contracted the virus, raising the number of cases to nine and making the outbreak responsible for a third of local infections.

Meanwhile, Butte County health officials say two of 180 people who attended a Mother's Day church service in Oroville have tested positive for COVID-19.