3 COVID cases linked to apple butter event
Single-day celebration took place at Mt. Vernon Christian Church
The Lawrence County Health Department has confirmed at least three people who attended Apple Butter Day on Oct. 10 have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Mt. Vernon Christian Church organized Apple Butter Day event, a 54-year-tradition in Lawrence County, after the original three-day celebration had been canceled by the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce in response to the pandemic.
The single-day event consisted of 24 craft booths and food booths selling apple and peach butter. It’s unknown exactly how many people attended, but Apple Butter Day was held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Christian Church.
“We want to take this opportunity to remind residents that COVID is here and it is spreading,” said Janella Spencer, administrator for the health department. “People are tired of COVID and want to go about their daily lives and we understand that. However, people who have COVID can be contagious for up to two days before they exhibit symptoms. Once they get tested and get those results back it can mean an additional two or three days of contagion.
“We urge people to take precautions when they are out and about. Mask up, social distance and use good personal hygiene. All of those things can help slow the spread of this virus. If someone begins to exhibit symptoms, we strongly urge they remain at home until they are tested and get those results back.”
Symptoms of COVID-19 can appear 2-14 days after exposure, and they include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, fever, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or a new loss of taste or smell.
Anyone who believes they have symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home, call a medical provider and wear a mask when near anyone who does not live in the same home.