As predicted in this blog in early January, Grand Junction churches became super spreaders after they started holding in-person services again January 3rd.
Churches resumed holding indoor, in-person services and other activities after the state declared on December 7th, 2020 that churches are “critical services” and eliminated the cap on the number of people who could attend.
People started packing churches again in early January.
As of today, all twelve of the top outbreak sites on Mesa County Public Health Department’s Covid-19 outbreak list are churches. The daily case count reached into the triple digits again yesterday after weeks of two-digit number daily case counts.
Mesa County Public Health Department Director Jeff Kuhr pointed out that it’s not just Sunday services that are contributing to the spike, but other church activities as well, like Bible studies, choir practices and youth group activities.
But even in the face of this large number of outbreaks traceable to churches, Kuhr curiously continues to support in-person church activities, saying “I want churches to thrive.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says the highest risk for contracting Covid-19 is at large, in-person gatherings, particularly indoors, where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and where attendees are from outside your household and may travel to the event from outside the local area.
So far 131 people have died with Covid-19 in Grand Junction.