Nashua health officials urge anyone who attended Gate City Church to get tested for COVID-19


State and city health officials are investigating a potential COVID-19 outbreak at the Gate City Church in Nashua.>> Download the free WMUR appAt least nine people have tested positive after attending prayer services. In a news conference Thursday morning, city officials asked people who attended that church late last month to get tested immediately. Nashua Public Health Director Bobbie Bagley said people who attended a multi-day prayer service from Sept. 18-28 need to monitor for signs and symptoms, as well as get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible.State health officials have notified people who had close contact with those infected, but they said they want to notify others who might have been near them as well.”Any individual that attended the services either as a member or as a guest, we want those individuals to get tested,” Bagley said.Bagley said the church required people to wear a mask walking in and out of the church and to maintain space between each other, but at one point, people took off their masks.”One of the things we did learn was that during their singing, they took their masks off, and we know that when you sing, you release respiratory drops in the air, making it a high-risk activity that can occur that will cause exposure in the community,” she said.The pastor of the Gate City Church has released a statement, saying that attendees were screened for fever, and the church provided hand sanitizer, required masks when people moved to or from seats and posted advisory signs.City officials said several testing locations are available, and appointments can be scheduled online.”We know that we can do this, Nashua,” Bagley said. “We have had a low incidence rate and percent positive rate for months. We also expected that during this time of year, the fall, that we could see an increase in our cases. We also know that we can work together to help mitigate and keep those numbers down, so we are asking for your help right now.”Bagley said people can call the city’s hotline at 603-589-3456 if they have any questions about the outbreak.

State and city health officials are investigating a potential COVID-19 outbreak at the Gate City Church in Nashua.

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At least nine people have tested positive after attending prayer services. In a news conference Thursday morning, city officials asked people who attended that church late last month to get tested immediately.

Nashua Public Health Director Bobbie Bagley said people who attended a multi-day prayer service from Sept. 18-28 need to monitor for signs and symptoms, as well as get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible.

State health officials have notified people who had close contact with those infected, but they said they want to notify others who might have been near them as well.

“Any individual that attended the services either as a member or as a guest, we want those individuals to get tested,” Bagley said.

Bagley said the church required people to wear a mask walking in and out of the church and to maintain space between each other, but at one point, people took off their masks.

“One of the things we did learn was that during their singing, they took their masks off, and we know that when you sing, you release respiratory drops in the air, making it a high-risk activity that can occur that will cause exposure in the community,” she said.

The pastor of the Gate City Church has released a statement, saying that attendees were screened for fever, and the church provided hand sanitizer, required masks when people moved to or from seats and posted advisory signs.

City officials said several testing locations are available, and appointments can be scheduled online.

“We know that we can do this, Nashua,” Bagley said. “We have had a low incidence rate and percent positive rate for months. We also expected that during this time of year, the fall, that we could see an increase in our cases. We also know that we can work together to help mitigate and keep those numbers down, so we are asking for your help right now.”

Bagley said people can call the city’s hotline at 603-589-3456 if they have any questions about the outbreak.

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