The Barry-Eaton District Health Department has confirmed a Coronavirus outbreak associated with Liberty Church, located in Grand Ledge. At least 58 individuals are confirmed to have COVID-19 associated with exposures at Liberty Church. Five of these individuals have been hospitalized, and four are currently receiving inpatient care, none in the ICU. The outbreak is still ongoing as cases were still being identified last week. The number of cases and hospitalizations may rise in the coming days due to further spread of COVID-19 and discovery of additional cases.
Some people associated with this outbreak have been reluctant to speak with the health department, and they are requesting that community members please answer the phone and speak candidly with health investigators. The identity of COVID-19 positive individuals is held confidential.
It is believed most individuals were exposed at a worship service on October 11, 2020. Most cases associated with the outbreak began having symptoms the week of October 12th. Mask use was not required at church events, with many attendees choosing to not wear masks.