GRAND LEDGE, Mich. (WLNS)– Liberty Church in Grand Ledge is linked to at least 58 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Barry Eaton County Health Department.

Of those 58 cases, five people were hospitalized, and four of them remain in the hospital. None of those hospitalized are being treated in the Intensive Care Unit at this time.

According to department Public Information Officer Anne Barna, they believe there are likely more cases of the COVID-19 linked to the church, but many of the church members have refused to speak with health officials.

You can hear more of our interview with Barna in the video above.

The health department believes most individuals were exposed at a worship service on October 11, 2020. Further exposures may have occurred at church events held the week before and after the worship service. Most cases associated with the outbreak began having symptoms the week of October 12th.

The health department considers the outbreak to be ongoing.

Barna tells 6 News, as for mask requirements, the church does recommend members wear them, but they do not require it. The church has sent a notice to its congregation and will remain closed until further notice.

The number of cases and hospitalizations may rise in the coming days due to the further spread of COVID-19 and the discovery of additional cases.

6 News has made an effort to reach out to church leadership, but so far they’ve not gotten back to us.

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