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COVID exposure advisory issued following church gathering

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HUDSON FALLS — A weeklong gathering hosted by a Gansevoort church prompted local health officials to issue a COVID-19 exposure advisory on Tuesday, because more than a dozen attendees tested positive for the virus.

The gathering took place from July 10–17 under a tent in a field located along Burgoyne Avenue, according to a news release.

A number of congregations from throughout Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties attended, according to the release, and attendees from Vermont were also present.

Mount Zion Church, a nondenominational, full gospel church based in Gansevoort hosted a tent revival event at 2437 Burgoyne Ave. from July 11-18, according to the church’s website.

A pastor from the church hung up on a Post-Star reporter when reached for comment. A subsequent phone message was not returned.

“2021 Annual Tent Revival is July 11th—July 18th at 7pm nightly at 2437 Burgoyne Ave in Hudson Falls NY our Sunday Morning Services the 11th and the 18th will be held at the tent as well,” the website reads.

It’s unclear which other congregations were in attendance.

A spokesman for Warren County Health Services declined to identify the host church or name other organizations in attendance, citing privacy concerns.

“At this point, we are releasing information only to alert those who were in attendance that they need to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and possible infection,” Don Lehman, the Health Services spokesman, said in an email.

Public health administrators issued the warning after contact tracers from the three counties determined the event was the common denominator in a growing number of COVID-19 cases.

Anyone who attended the event is asked to self-quarantine and avoid gatherings until they receive a COVID test.

Those experiencing fever, shortness of breath, cough, loss of taste or smell and headaches should seek medical care.

Attendees who have questions about COVID-19 testing should contact their local health department. They can be reached by calling:

  • Washington County Public Health: 518-746-2400
  • Warren County Public Health: 518-761-6580
  • Saratoga County Public Health: 518-885-2276

Chad Arnold is a reporter for The Post-Star covering the city of Glens Falls and the town and village of Lake George and Washington County government. Follow him on Twitter @ChadGArnold.


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