Former guests worried after Durham church gathering at hotel spread COVID-19 to ‘multiple’ people

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Some hotel guests are concerned after Durham County health officials confirmed Monday “multiple” people who attended a church event at the Durham hotel tested positive for COVID-19.

On March 2, Faith Assembly held a church gathering at the Millennium Hotel on Campus Walk Avenue in Durham.

The event was held after Governor Roy Cooper issued an order banning gatherings of more than 100 people.

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CBS 17 reached out to Faith Assembly by phone and by email to find out how many people attended the event, but we did not hear back.

Ashley Canady, president of the resident’s council at McDougald Terrace, said that she is concerned because there are dozens of families from the public housing complex who were staying at the hotel on March 22.

These families evacuated to this hotel due to issues with carbon monoxide at McDougald Terrace in January.

Canady said she is concerned for the safety of her community, because many of the families have left the hotel since then.

“Some residents have transferred to other hotels, and some residents have come home, so a lot of peoples’ lives and a lot of stuff is at stake right now,” Canady said.

Canady said they have deep cleaned the donation center at McDougald Terrace in an effort to stop any possible spread of the coronavirus.

“Already these residents were exposed to carbon monoxide, now they could’ve been exposed to this,” Canady said. “It’s a lot. It’s taking its toll on our residents mentally.”

The Durham County Health Department said that there is no need for hotel guests who did not attend the event to get tested for COVID-19 or isolate themselves, unless they have any of the symptoms.

However, health officials are asking people who did attend the event to stay home and monitor themselves until April 5.

But if anyone has any of the symptoms, which include a cough, fever, or shortness of breath, then they should contact the Durham County Health Department immediately at 919-635-8150           

The Millennium Hotel told CBS 17 that they have an enhanced cleaning procedure and they are doing what they can to keep the hotel guests safe.

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