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Persons attending Funeral catch COVID19 aka Coronavirus

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In Albany, Georgia a local funeral home hosted two funerals. It was later discovered that 20 people become infected with COVID19. Out of the 20 people , one person died. This person that died happened to be one of the pastors that did the eulogy.

With Georgia Department of Public Health confirming 490 cases of coronavirus, the 64 people that attended the funeral of Andrew Mitchell now have to be concerned about their health moving forward in their day to day life.

How did this start

It is reported that one of the attendees of the funeral traveled from Atlanta became sick and went to the hospital. After the person was admitted, other attendees started to report to the hospital.

Statements from the funeral home and governor of Georgia

The Martin Luther King Memorial Chapel, which hosted the two funerals on February 29 and March 7 respectively, released a statement after they were notified by the health department officials of the possible spread of the virus on March 13.

“Although we have been identified as a common factor in the tracking of the COVID-19 in Albany, know that we are operating within all regulatory safety or health guidelines,” the funeral home directors wrote in a Facebook post. “We know that there is growing concern across the city. We are taking extra precautions to protect you, our staff and the communities we serve.”

Georgia Govenor Brian Kemp expressed his concern about the rapid increase of coronavirus cases in Albany in a press conference, citing the importance of complying with the stay-at-home order in the state.

“I believe there was a funeral service weeks ago where an infected person went, and it created this whole epicenter which just exploded down there,” Kemp said. “That’s one of the reasons we have been begging people to not have — and I know it’s a hard thing — religious services.”