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Alberta prayer gathering caused COVID-19 spike in Northern B.C.

This photo is from the It Is Time Canada web site and was taken before the event.
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August 17, 2020 - 3:23 PM

While strip clubs and raves have been spotted as recent events that have led to the spread of COVID-19 in southern B.C., an August long weekend prayer gathering in Deadwood, AB, triggered at least a dozen cases in the north.

Most of those live in Fort St. John, B.C. but an exposure alert has been issued for the entire Northern Health region.

While 12 cases have been tied directly to the It Is Time Prayer Gathering, another five confirmed cases are believed to be from secondary exposure, a Northern Health Region news release states. Another 24 people who had been in close contact with attendees are self-isolating.

Anyone who attended the event is asked to self-monitor for symptoms and get tested if they do have symptoms.

The event ran from July 31 through until noon Aug. 2.

The website promoting the It Is Time Prayer Gathering said that COVID-19 screening would take place, chalk lines were drawn for lineups, there was adequate spacing of tables in eating areas and other precautions were being taken.

Deadwood is about two hours south of High Level and one hour north of Peace River, the web site said.

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