A priest in the Washington, DC, the United States of America has tested positive for the coronavirus, days after he administered communion to about 500 people.
According to WUSA, Rev. Timothy Cole attended three services last Sunday at Christ Church Georgetown, which were attended by 550 people. Rev. Cole identified himself in a statement to his congregation.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is recommending anyone who visited the church between February 24 through March 3 to self-quarantine for 14 days.
BREAKING: A D.C. priest has Coronavirus. He offered communion and shook hands with more than 500 worshippers last week and on February 24th. All worshippers who visited the Christ Church in Georgetown must self-quarantine. Church is cancelled for the first time since the 1800's
— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) March 9, 2020
Visitors to Christ Church, Georgetown Episcopal on Feb 24th, and between Feb 28th and Mar 3rd could've been exposed to COVID-19, and DC Health recommends that anyone who visited on those dates isolate themselves at home for 14 days from the last time they visited the church.
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) March 9, 2020
Christ Church Georgetown has suspended all services, meetings and other activities until further notice.
A health statement from Mayor Bowser said DC Health was notified of the confirmed COVID-19 case on March 7.