COVID-19 Spread Silently through a Rural Arkansas Church in March, CDC Says


First published on — Two people infected with COVID-19 spread the virus to

more than 30 people during church gatherings in Arkansas in early March, before the first case

was ever diagnosed in that state, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control

and Prevention published Tuesday.

The cases illustrate how rapidly the virus can spread to others involved in faith-based

organizations, and may have implications for places of worship as churches nationwide figure

out how to reopen safely.



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