COVID-19 cases tied to Williamsburg church, sheriff’s office

COVID-19 cases tied to Williamsburg church, sheriff’s office

Health department officials in Whitley County have warned the public about cases of coronavirus linked to the sheriff’s office and a local church.

Whitley County Public Health Director Marcy Rein told WKYT that three cases of the virus have been tied to the sheriff’s office, nine cases have been associated with Saxton Independent Baptist Church in Williamsburg and three more cases have been linked to a group from the church that attended a youth camp in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Whitley County Health Department posted an announcement on its Facebook page saying that people who attended services at Saxton July 26 or who were part of a group from the church that attended the camp at Booker T. Washington State Park in Chattanooga July 19-24 could have been exposed to coronavirus and should self-isolate.

The church’s Facebook page indicates that the church is now holding online services.

The health department also said anyone who visited the Whitley County Sheriff’s Office in Williamsburg between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 27 might have been exposed to COVID-19.

The health department did not say whether the cases tied to the sheriff’s office affected officers or other employees.

People who think they might have been exposed have been asked to call the health department at 606-549-3380, and people who feel ill should contact their healthcare providers, the health department said.

Whitley County has had 141 cases of COVID-19, six of which were reported Tuesday, according to the health department. The county has had one coronavirus-related death.

Karla Ward is a native of Logan County who has worked as a reporter at the Herald-Leader for 18 years. She covers breaking news.

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