Big Cove Church COVID-19 Cluster – The Cherokee One Feather
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) and the Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority announced on Friday, October 9 that they have identified a COVID-19 cluster associated with services held at the Big Cove Pentecostal Holiness Church between September 17th and October 7th.
People who have attended church services during the dates listed above and have tested positive for COVID-19 are isolating themselves in their homes. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) definition of a “cluster” is at least five epidemiologically related cases over a 14-day period.
EBCI PHHS officials noted that “the East Indian Band Cherokee Public Health and Human Services and Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority are working diligently to identify and notify close contacts who may have come into contact with these individuals.”
If you attended a service from September 17 to October 7, contact Tsalagi Public Health 359-6240.
Drive-through tests are available at the old Analenisgi Recovery Center, 375 Sequoyah Trail, Cherokee. To make an appointment, call the COVID-19 hotline 497-3743.
The CDC defines close contact as being within about 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19 for an extended period of 10 minutes or more. The Public Health and Social Services Division works with other health and emergency officials to identify close contacts.
– EBCI Public Health and Human Service Release