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United House of Prayer for All Residents of Charlotte, North Carolina is spreading coronavirus, residents say

A multi-day annual gathering at a huge church based in Charlotte, North Carolina has emerged as a likely widespread event, fueling the largest COVID-19 outbreak in the county and apparently infecting at least 82 people, three of whom are deceased, according to local officials.

The clash between in-person worship and pandemic guidelines has sparked widespread outrage, tension and events in recent weeks across the country – from California to Maine. Adding insult to injury during the outbreak in Charlotte, officials and health care providers said the church refused to let anyone organize on-site testing.

“We offered our services and offered our services without a response,” said Sylvia Grier, manager of management services at the nonprofit Genesis Project, a local mental and behavioral health agency that offers free coronavirus testing. to residents at The Daily Beast.

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