At least 14 COVID-19 cases linked to Brighton church; all attendees urged to get tested

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(WWJ) The Livingston County Health Department is alerting residents of an outbreak tied to a church in Brighton.

Health officials say at least 14 “unrelated” people have tested positive for COVID-19. They attended services at Brighton Assembly of God, on Whitmore Lake near Maltby Road, on October 4, 7, and 11. The outbreak includes people who live in Oakland, Washtenaw and Livingston Counties.

People who attended services on those dates or related church events/social gatherings are at higher risk of contracting the virus, according to the Livingston County Health Department.

“Due to the high rate of transmission and an increase in COVID-19 cases among attendees of Brighton Assembly of God, LCHD highly recommends COVID-19 testing for all individuals who attend the church, whether they have symptoms or not,” the Health Department said in a release.

Members of Brighton Assembly of God are urged to monitor themselves for the following symptoms:

•       Fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit

•       Cough

•       Shortness of breath

•       Difficulty breathing

•       Fatigue

•       Muscle or body aches

•       Headache

•       New loss of taste or smell

•       Sore throat

•       Nausea or vomiting

•      Diarrhea

Click here for more on symptoms of coronavirus from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Health officials say anyone with the above symptoms should “immediately isolate and contact their primary care physician.”

This comes as the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) reported over 2,000 new coronavirus cases for the second day in a row. MDHHS reports 2,015 residents have tested positive for the illness in the past 24 hours. 14 more people who were diagnosed with COVID-19 have died.

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4.15% of the more than 48,000 tests conducted statewide since Thursday afternoon yielded a positive result, according to MDHHS. As of Thursday, overall hospital capacity in Michigan was at 76.5%, including all patients regardless of COVID-29. 837 patients are currently hospitalized with a confirmed case of the virus. 94 are on the ventilators.

The state’s fatality rate stands at 4.9%--down from nearly twice as high, 10%, in the early days of the pandemic. More than 104,000 Michiganders are considered recovered from the virus after surviving 30 days since diagnosis.