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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2021
From: Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency
Haywood County Health & Human Services reports COVID-19 cluster at Calvary Road Baptist Church
The Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency has identified a cluster of COVID-19 cases at Calvary Road Baptist Church in Maggie Valley.
Over the last 10 days, there have been 13 confirmed cases. Many of the positive cases were in attendance at a revival held at the church on the week of September 12.
Statement from Calvary Road Baptist Church:
“Upon receiving information from members within our congregation of positive COVID-19 cases, CRBC took the following actions: 1) We immediately paused all on-campus activities for two weeks, which began on Wednesday, September 15, offering virtual services through all of our social media platforms. 2) We also partnered with BioPure, a local company which specializes in deep sanitation needs, to disinfect our entire campus at 2701 Soco Road, Maggie Valley as well as our office location at 2177 Russ Avenue, Waynesville. 3) We minimized traffic inside our main building as well as our office building in an effort to minimize any potential exposure. “
“I want to commend the church leaders at Calvary Road Baptist Church for taking precautionary measures following the identification of a cluster within the congregation. They have taken measures to clean the facility and have encouraged members to remain home if they are not feeling well as they return to church service.
Community transmission continues to be a concern in Haywood County and we must remain vigilant with masking and social distancing, especially is large group settings,” said Haywood County Health Director, Sarah Henderson.
Calvary Road Baptist Church is working closely with Haywood Health and Human Services to meet all guidelines.
Additionally, Haywood County Public Health is working to identify any close contacts of those exposed. Haywood County defines close contact as being within approximately 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more, without a mask, during the period in which they are contagious. Based on the information provided, county health officials will assess risks of exposure, determine which if any additional measures are needed, quarantine, and/or testing.