Butte County Public Health suspects more cases to come from Palermo gathering

Butte County Public Health has been investigating the Mother’s Day service at the Palermo Bible Family Church for coronavirus contamination.

Posted: Jun 2, 2020 7:46 PM
Updated: Jun 2, 2020 7:52 PM

PALERMO, Calif. - Butte County Public Health has been investigating the Mother’s Day service at the Palermo Bible Family Church for coronavirus contamination.

The department told Action News Now the investigation is complete with two people testing positive for COVID-19. However, they said they think there may be more cases.

"We worked closely with the organization's leader but not everyone has contacted public health," said public health's Lisa Almaguer.

Almaguer said they aren’t sure if everyone who was at that Mother’s Day service at the church actually got tested.

"Any time you have a large group of people together in a closed space for a period of time - especially when people are seated close together or singing for a prolonged period of time - there’s a much greater risk for exposure," she said.

We wanted to ask the pastor of the church about the health department's comment, but he wasn’t home.

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"In the past couple weeks we have seen an increase in cases, especially in the Oroville area, but we’ve seen in an increase in cases in other areas as well," said Almaguer.

Almaguer said regardless of the Mother’s Day gathering, they urge people to get tested.

"It gives us more information, more data, we can understand how our community has been impacted but also we can identify the infected person and help them safely isolate so they no longer are a risk to others," she said.

Almaguer said the contact tracing is put into place to protect you, your family, and the community.

"And everyone's cooperation will help as we progress through reopening," said Almaguer.

On June 1 Butte County Health announced seven new cases of the coronavirus.

There are several locations in the county for no-cost testing, and you can find those HERE.

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