Pastor examined constructive for coronavirus and shook palms with a whole lot of believers within the historic DC Church
Rev. Timothy Cole of Christ Church in Georgetown, Washington DC.Facebook
The pastor of a historic Georgetown Episcopal Church in Washington DC is the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the district, and officials are now reporting an alarming development that the church leader shook hands with hundreds of believers during the last services.
Officials are now asking all worshipers who visited Christ Church Georgetown either on February 24 or between February 28 and March to quarantine for two weeks.
Pastor Tim Cole, in his mid-50s, did a coronavirus test last week and was confirmed positive for the virus on Saturday.
Confirmation of the pastor's condition led Christ Church Georgetown to cancel his services on Sunday. The Church has also stated that church services will remain closed indefinitely until it is safe to gather again.
In an email to the parishioners, Rev. Cole wrote: "First of all, I want to assure you that I will be fine. I will be given excellent care and in good spirits under the circumstances. I will remain in quarantine for the next 14 days the rest of my family. "
According to Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington DC, anyone who recently visited Christ Church in Georgetown should be quarantined for 14 days from the last day of their visit.
There were also a small number of cases in the surrounding regions that tested positive for coronavirus. However, they are currently only labeled as "presumed positive" until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) confirm this.
The other cases include two in Washington DC, two in Fairfax County in Virginia and three in Montgomery County in Maryland.
Reports have confirmed that all of these cases in Fairfax and Montgomery had recently traveled on a Nile cruise that has since been quarantined due to an outbreak of the coronavirus on board.