Some 550 parishioners of a church in Washington, D.C., have been recommended to self-quarantine after a pastor who gave Communion was hospitalized with coronavirus.
Rev. Timothy Cole, a rector at Christ Church in Georgetown, was diagnosed with the virus, reportedly making him the first confirmed case in Washington D.C.
Hundreds of people were asked to stay at home for 14 days if they visited the church on February 24 or between February 28 and March 3.
Rev. Cole reportedly gave Communion during at least one service on those days and shook hands with many churchgoers.
Cole, who is in his 50s, was later hospitalized.
A 39-year-old man who serves as organist at Christ Church also tested positive for COVID-19, according to Fox 5.
Church services and meetings have been canceled indefinitely.
“D.C. Health has been in communication with the church and has been reaching out to congregants with this information and guidance,” said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser in a statement.
“Any person who visited the church on those dates should call D.C. Health or their health care providers if they develop symptoms — or if they have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the 14 days since they visited the church.”
Georgetown Day School, which is affiliated with the church, also announced a temporary closure and cancellations of all school events.
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