3 COVID cases linked to apple butter event

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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.

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  • Seems silly and borderline ridiculous to say cases are "linked" to Apple butter event..or anyplace else! The virus is everywhere and everyone will come in contact with it. I personally know (and I am sure I am not the only one) some elderly people who are homebound homebodies who had to have a medical procedure so had to be tested..and one (just one) of them was positive!...with no symptoms. I think it is far more accurate to say "Three people tested postive..and they happened to have gone to the apple butter event (along with with many other places)." There were most assuredly many other people walking around that day who were positive, just like every other place you go...there are asymptomatic postives everywhere. If you get sick, please take care of yourself, if can in a small set of indiviuals be serious. So take care if you get sick from it.

    -- Posted by Common Tater on Wed, Oct 21, 2020, at 10:00 PM
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