New coronavirus infections tied to Louisville church conference

Four people have now tested positive for the novel coronavirus after attending a February conference at Louisville’s Omni hotel.

On Wednesday, Episcopal churches in Beverly Hills, Calif., and New York City announced that their rectors had confirmed cases of the COVID-19 respiratory illness.

The Rev. Roy Cole of the Church of the Epiphany in New York had “recent direct contact with someone who is also confirmed as having a case of the virus,” his church said in a message to parishioners. Cole attended the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes meeting in Louisville Feb. 19-22, according to the consortium.

All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, Calif., said rector Janet Broderick “took ill shortly after returning” from the conference. 

Alluding to Broderick, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said one person with the virus “traveled to a religious conference in another state (and) was a close contact of a person at the conference who has tested positive.”

Broderick and Cole join two other attendees, from Washington, D.C., and Tarrant County, Texas, who have contracted the coronavirus.

An Omni spokeswoman said Thursday there was no new information from hotel officials.

Joe Swimmer, the Episcopal consortium’s executive director, said in an online post Wednesday that the consortium was in contact with D.C. health authorities and the “Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness. These health agencies continue to work together on tracing travel and movement.”

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