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Salvation Army COVID-19 outbreak in Minnesota sickens one-third of conference attendees


October 21, 2020

Photo by Shari Gross: Hien Bui, an EMT with M Health Fairview and registered nurse, administered a COVID-19 test during a free testing event at New Salem Baptist Church in Minneapolis recently.

Twenty Salvation Army staff from Minnesota and North Dakota tested positive for COVID-19 after 62 people attended a recent conference in northern Minnesota, underscoring how easily the virus can spread.

"Despite adherence to the health guidance, we fully acknowledge that COVID-19 is formidable and highly contagious," Salvation Army spokesman Dan Furry said in a statement. "We regret that anyone was exposed to or contracted the COVID-19 virus, and our prayers for a speedy recovery are with those individuals and their families."

Of the 20 infected people, none were hospitalized with complications, he said, and the Salvation Army is still awaiting test results from some attendees of the Oct. 6-8 conference.


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