Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Covidiots - The Superspreader Christians of Charlotte, North Carolina

The United House of Prayer for All People church in Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, North Carolina.
Cases rise after attending events at United House of Prayer | Raleigh News & Observer

A large outbreak of Covid-19, in which at least nine people have died, 11 people have needed hospital treatment and 208 people and close contacts have tested positive for the SARC-CoV-2 virus, has been linked to a superspreader event held in the United House of Prayer for All People church in Mecklenburg, Charlotte, North Carolina. According to the latest update from Mecklenburg County:
Updated information 11/10/20- Public Health has identified 208 cases of COVID-19 among attendees and close contacts. Among those are 199 Mecklenburg County residents, 4 Iredell County residents, 4 Gaston County resident, and 1 Cabarrus County resident. At least 11 cases were hospitalized due to their infection. There have been 9 deaths -- 8 Mecklenburg County residents and 1 Gaston County resident – and 1 additional death is under investigation. Public Health has attempted to contact at least 294 close contacts of confirmed cases.

No additional cases were reported among residents or staff at Madison Saint Paradise Senior Living.
According to this report in the Charlotte Observer:
The county does not know how many people attended events this month at the church at 2321 Beatties Ford Road, Carter said. Initially, the county linked the outbreak to church convocation events the weekend of Oct. 10-11.

The county has received reports of small events with 25 to 50 people and larger events with up to 1,000 people throughout the week of Oct. 4 through 11, but those reports are unconfirmed, Carter said.

Facebook posts from people who say they attended convocation events at the Beatties Ford church appear to show that some people traveled to Charlotte from as far as Atlanta and Virginia.

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A total of 76 clusters resulting in 1,040 COVID-19 cases have been linked to religious gatherings in North Carolina, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
This outbreak is the largest the county has had to deal with and, amazingly, the church appears to have kept no record of numbers or dates nor taken any details which would aid contact tracing.

Coronavirus cases in North Carolina

The problem has undoubtedly been exacerbated by Covidiot fundamentalist Christian pastors luring believers into a false sense of security by campaigning against social distancing measures including closure of places of worship, as an attack on Christianity and in many cases against wearing face masks on the grounds that they are somehow an affront to God.

It was also given special impetus by Covidiot Donald J. Trump proclaiming that Covid-19 is only a mild illness, having recovered from it himself with the best, and most expensive, treatment available, to then organise super-spreader events of his own in his election rallies, during which he ignored social distancing measures and abused and insulted medical authorities urging caution.

His populist opposition to the virus control measures resulted in face masks and social distancing becoming political statements, in an astonishing betrayal of his leadership responsibilities, for which he deservedly paid the ultimate political price in November, reducing North Carolina, which should have been an easy Republican win to a probable marginal (with the vote still undeclared) and losing the presidency to Democrat, Joe Biden.






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