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CDC Issues Alarming Triple-Fatality Report On COVID-19 Cases At Arkansas Church

Added 05-23-20 01:54:02am EST - “The contagion study is released just as Trump is demanding that churches reopen.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “CDC Issues Alarming Triple-Fatality Report On COVID-19 Cases At Arkansas Church”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

COVID-19 cases first contracted by a pastor and his wife ended up spreading to 35 others who attended events at their rural Arkansas church that resulted in three deaths, a troubling report revealed Friday.  

An additional 26 cases in the community occurred among people who had contact with those who participated in the church events, according to the study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One of them also died.

The study was released the same day President Donald Trump demanded churches and other houses of worship reopen for services amid the coronavirus crisis. He deemed religious services “essential” and threatened to override governors who ignored his orders for health and safety reasons. Legal experts don’t believe he has the authority to do so.

TRUMP: "Some governors have deemed liquor stores & abortion clinics essential, but have left out churches ... it's not right. So I am correcting this injustice & am calling houses of worship essential. I call upon governors to allow churches & places of worship to open right now" pic.twitter.com/e0VU8XeLEm

The church in the CDC study was identified only as “Church A” in a rural Arkansas county of 25,000 people.

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